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Last Updated 1/31/2024
2024-2025 FAFSA-Bowl Kickoff
Saturday, February 10th from 10:00am to 1:00pm in the K Building of Bristol Community College Fall River Campus
We encourage folks to come dressed in their favorite NFL team attire. We will be providing refreshments, chances to win prizes, and assistance with completing the brand new redesigned FAFSA. Our entire Financial Aid team will be on site to provide a quick and easy FAFSA experience.
Please click here to register.
Prior to the event they highly recommend students and applicable parents/spouses to create an FSA user ID and password as this is necessary to complete a FAFSA. Information on who needs an FSA user ID and where to create one is here: https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/
If you have any questions, please reach out to Bristol's office at 774.357.2515 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgewater State University - FAFSA Nights
Resources from School Counselors and School Social Workers
- Google Sites developed and designed by Dartmouth High School Counselors
- Padlet full of resources from school social workers
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
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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:
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 email@example.com.
- 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
MEFA Events - free informative webinars and virtual community events on a range of topics. Click to view events!
- Financial Aid 101 webinars - Families can view webinar dates and times and register at Click to register. Webinars will be recorded and posted online for families who are unable to attend a live event.
- Our Understanding the FAFSA webinar for families walks through the application page by page, and includes general tips and helpful resources
- FAFSA Day Massachusetts is offering virtual events from November to February that allow families to meet with a financial aid expert and get FAFSA help
- Our family webinar, What to Know about the CSS Profile, gives guidance specific to the application required by roughly 200 colleges and universities
- Reporting Income on Financial Aid Applications and Defining Assets on Financial Aid Applications help students and families answer questions on the FAFSA and CSS Profile accurately
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!
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
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
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.
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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.
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.
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