Career Access Fund

The Career Access Fund (CAF) provides financial support for expenses related to career preparation, professional development, internship and job interviews, and graduate study preparation. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the academic year and are based on financial need as well as the quality of the request. 

Read below for more information about eligibility, covered expenses, and the application process. Or, if you’re ready, you can apply here now.

  • Applicants are eligible for up to $500 max each academic year based on need. Award amounts are granted based on whether a student is high, medium, or low need as determined by the Williams Financial Aid Office. The grant award tiers are as follows:

    • High Need: up to $500 total over the academic year
    • Medium Need: up to $375 total over the academic year
    • Low Need: up to $200 total over the academic year

    Currently, any students who do not receive financial aid from Williams are not eligible for Career Access Funds; however, there are other funded opportunities available through our office, and we encourage you to reach out to a career advisor to explore additional ways to pursue your career goals. 

  • Career Access Fund grants are available to help cover expenses that include, but are not limited to:

    • Interview Attire (within reasonable price points; review our Interview Guide)
    • Graduate school test preparation* 
    • Graduate school registration fees*
    • Business cards, portfolios, or other related materials
    • Travel/lodging for career-related trips
    • Attendance to professional development workshops or academic conferences
    • Professional development courses (e.g. Havard CORe, programming bootcamps, etc.)*
    *Please note for these types of expenses that applicants are expected to also apply for fee reduction opportunities from the organization if available. (e.g. students should request an application fee reduction from the grad school to which they are applying; or, check to see if there is student pricing for professional development courses, etc.)

     

    While applicants can apply for funds to help purchase learning software or online courses, it’s important to note that any tech hardware (e.g. cameras, phones, money towards a laptop, etc.) is not supported by CAF at this time. 

    Finally, CAF grants are awarded for future expenses. They will not cover reimbursements for expenses already incurred. All applicants will need to upload documentation (a quote, a screenshot, etc.) of proposed expenses to their application and list the date they expect to incur expenses. Documentation that does not include detailed information about your proposed expenses, or an expense date that occurs in the past, may delay or disqualify your application. 

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis every Wednesday by the review committee while funds are available. To apply, simply complete the CAF application form. Please note that you must submit supporting documentation for your expected expenses (such as quotes, screenshots or pricing charts or online shopping carts, etc.) in order to apply. 

    After your application is reviewed, you will be contacted via email regarding the status of your request and will be notified of any next steps if you have been awarded funds.  

    Currently, CAF funds are primarily paid out through Direct Deposit. Therefore, please ensure that you have completed the Direct Deposit Form in your PeopleSoft account.

    Please contact Stephen Biegner, the ‘68 Center’s Operations & Funding Manager, with any questions about the application process.