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    Last Updated 4/12/2024


    Community Updates

    Northeast Maritime Institute

    Water Wizz is Hiring for the 2024 Season!

    • We offer both full and part time seasonal positions; Perfect for teenagers, college students, teachers, and retirees looking to keep busy while school is no longer in session! Submit your application to join the Water Wizz team today.

    • If you have any questions or concerns at this time, please feel free to contact me at vthayer@waterwizz.com.

    • Water Wizz Flyer

    Service Academy Information Night

    Friday, May 3rd, 2024 - 6:00-8:00PM

    Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

    - If you are interested in attending one of our nation’s service academies, this informational fair will be a great introduction for young people looking to get a quality education and to serve our country.
    - Attendees will learn about the Congressional nomination process, gain insights into the type of candidates sought by the academies, and have a chance to ask questions of service academy graduates.
    - Representatives from all of the major service academies and Massachusetts Maritime Academy will be in attendance.

    - If you plan on attending the information session, please register by calling Congressman Keating’s Plymouth District Office at 508-746-9000 or email Michael.Jackman@mail.house.gov


    Resources from School Counselors and School Social Workers

    DHS Post-Secondary Resources 

    • Google Sites developed and designed by Dartmouth High School Counselors

    Social/Emotional Padlet

    • Padlet full of resources from school social workers

    Articles

    MEFA - What You Need to Know about the New FAFSA Click to read article!

    • The new FAFSA is available, it will require each contributor to complete their own section, will require an FSA ID to be created ahead of time, will use new terminology, and more.
    • The FAFSA is getting an overhaul. Starting with the 2024-25 iteration, the primary application for college financial aid will have new questions, new rules, and new terminology. This is all thanks to the FAFSA Simplification Act, which aims to make the application simpler for the millions of students who submit it every year. Here's what you need to know about how the form is changing.

    The Common App: Everything You Need to Know Click to read article!

    College Applications are complicated - take a breath Click to read article

    How to Answer 5 Common Supplemental College Essay Prompts Click to read article


    College Fairs

    NACAC - National College Fairs

    The NACAC-hosted National College Fair- Providence is coming up on Tuesday, April 30th. The fair will be taking place at the Rhode Island Convention Center. This is a great opportunity for you and your students to connect face-to-face with representatives from hundreds of colleges and universities.

    All high school students, transfer students, high school or college counselors, and families are welcome to register for this complimentary event. 

    Date and Time:
    April 30, 2024
    5:30pm - 7:30pm (ET)

    Location:
    Rhode Island Convention Center
    1 Sabin St
    Providence, RI 02903

    View the list of exhibiting colleges and universities.

    If you have any questions, please contact collegefairs@nacacnet.org


    MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) Updates

    The 2024-25 FAFSA is now available! Encourage your students and families to complete it as soon as possible at fafsa.gov, though keep in mind that there may be some periods of downtime, as well as waiting rooms, during this first month of the form’s availability. For anyone needing help with the FAFSA, there are virtual events offering one-on-one expert assistance. Anyone interested should access the links below for more details and to register:

    • FAFSA Day events: Join a Monday session offered once a month from February until May to get FAFSA questions answered

     

    As Grade 12 families anticipate sending a child to college this fall, we recommend two of our online tools designed to help them make a plan to pay for college costs:

    • Our College Cost Calculator allows families to compare colleges by recording the financial aid received from each school and viewing the resulting net price
    •  Our Student Loan Payment Calculator displays the monthly loan payment and total loan cost (based on the amount families plan to borrow) for each MEFA Loan repayment type
    Should families have questions as they explore these tools, encourage them to reach out to a MEFA college planning expert at (800) 449-MEFA (6332) or collegeplanning@mefa.org.

    MEFA Events - free informative webinars and virtual community events on a range of topics. Click to view events!

    If your families aren’t yet signed up for MEFA emails, encourage them to do so. Our content is modified based on the ages of the children in the family, and contains key tips, news, and resources on all aspects of college planning. Parents won’t want to miss our timely and informative updates. Click link to register!


    Webinars

    MEFA Events - offer free informative webinars and virtual community events on a range of topics. To register for an upcoming webinar, click link to go to MEFA Events Page

    • Saving for College
    • Financial Planning with ABLE Accounts: Fall 2023
    • What to Know about the CSS Profile
    • Financial Aid 101
    • How to Create Your FSA ID
    • Ask An Expert All Your CSS Profile Questions
    • Attainable Savings Plan Overview
    • Understanding the FAFSA
    • College Admissions
    • Learn about Tuition Break, a Program That Can Help You Lower College Costs

    Household/Family Resources

    Child & Family Services 

    Open Access - Screening and intake center

    Service Options: Screening & Intake Assessments, Family Partner, Mental Health & Substance Use Counseling, Group Services, Case Management & Care Coordination Services

    Telehealth options are available

    New Bedford: Referral Line 508-742-1611  Main Line: 508-996-8572

    SAT Prep

    Lentz & Lentz is proud to be offering live online virtual classrooms for SAT and PSAT prep.  Click link to find out more information!


    Free/Reduced Lunch Application

    Parents/ guardians are encouraged to complete the free/reduced lunch application for their child. If your application is approved for free or reduced lunch, this could potentially qualify your child for additional fee waivers for ACT exams, SAT exams, Advanced Placement exams, College Application Fee waivers. To complete the Free/Reduced Lunch Application Click here!

    • The entire process will take 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of your household.
    • What you will need to provide during the application process:

      • The names and incomes of every member of your household
      • The school, grade, birthdate of every student in your household
      • Your social security number and electronic signature
      • (Optional) A valid email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application.

    Military Updates

    None at this time


    College Updates

    The College Tour  - Each episode of the award-winning TV series, The College Tour, shares the story of a single college or university through the authentic lens of its current students. Learn from real students about their real experiences on campus, as we offer viewers an insider’s perspective on college life and college culture. This TV series is a comprehensive guide to aid your college research, helping you answer the ultimate question: ‘Which college is best for me?’ Take the ultimate campus tour now by watching episodes of this informative TV series.

    What is available at TheCollegeTour.com?

    TV Episodes: All episodes of The College Tour can be watched on TheCollegeTour.com. There are over 140 episodes now streaming and 5 episodes in Spanish language. Each week, new episodes drop on our site.

    College Tour Pages: We have a ‘searchable’ list of every college in the country. Click here to see a sample tour page with robust video content. And to make it easier, you can find the tour page for every college featured on our TV series by state on this shareable spreadsheet.

    Classes: We also have self-guided video-based classes designed specifically for high school students to help them start thinking about their higher education journey. From majors to location to type of school, we make it fun to start thinking about what is best for them. Click here for a link to the classes.

    New England Board of Higher Education - tuition break -

    • Over 300 new academic programs have been added to Tuition Break, New England's Regional Student Program. With these additions, over 2,700 majors are available at reduced tuition for students enrolling in New England's public colleges and universities in Fall 2024.  Click link to explore Tuition Break Program Search

     


    Social/Emotional Support Information

    Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line

    The Help Line is part of the Commonwealth’s “front door” approach to behavioral health access. Its goal is to make behavioral health concerns as much a priority as physical health. It connects callers to the full range of treatment services for mental health and addiction support through the Commonwealth, regardless of insurance. Representatives will offer support in real time with immediate crisis intervention, urgent, and routine needs. The Help Line is available 24/7/365 in 200+ languages. 

    FAQ's

    Balanced Learning Center (Fall River)

    Part of the mission at Balanced Learning Center is to make services accessible for everyone- which involves providing low-cost services and supports to our community. From our comprehensive LGBTQ+ support through our Joanie's Place program to our various social empowerment and play-based groups, we make sure there's a place for everyone. 

    Click to view webpage that list free groups!

    Dartmouth High School Social Workers - 508-961-2700 and ask to be connected to your child's social worker

    • Contact one of the social workers for social/emotional support for your child while in school
    • Help families with outside of school resources
    • Connect Dartmouth families with the Youth Advocate (if needed)

    Dartmouth Youth Advocate - Deloris Joseph  508-910-1851