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April 18, 2012

Important Notice to All Students Regarding Financial Aid
at Smith College School for Social Work

Beginning May 1, 2012 all financial aid, loan, and billing functions will be handled by the Student Financial Services (SFS) Office at Smith College. This is a positive move for SSW and the College as it will allow for greater consistency, efficiency and student support.

David Belanger, Director, and his SFS team of 14 staff will handle all SSW financial aid awards, loan processing, billing and payment processing, and SSW student customer service. Cathleen Klaes, newly appointed Associate Director of SFS, will serve as the direct liaison to the SSW staff and as the primary resource to the SFS team on all SSW matters. Diane L. Tsoulas, Associate Dean for Administration for the School for Social Work, will have primary oversight for SSW during this transition and will be available to respond to any questions or concerns.

The main office phone number for SFS is 413-585-2530 and Fax #413-585-2566.
Email address: will remain and be monitored by the SFS staff.
SFS Office location: College Hall 106
Office hours: M/T/Th/F 8:30am - 4pm W 10am-4pm to speak with a front office staff member or schedule an appointment with a director.
Drop in hours: Tues 10am-12pm, Wed 2pm-4pm, Friday 10am-12pm to speak with a director.


About the Bulletin

The Bulletin offers relevant notices, reminders, and deadlines for School for Social Work students. Students are encouraged to use the SSW Bulletin as a vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body.

The Bulletin is updated weekly during the summer terms, and monthly throughout the fall and spring.

Next Submission Deadline: April 26


We would like to invite students to use this vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body. Submission deadlines are listed below:

Submission Deadline
To Be Issued On
April 26
May 1
May 31
June 4
June 7
June 11
June 14
June 18
June 21
June 25


April Deadlines & Important Dates

Due   Task Audience
APRIL   Student bills for tuition, room and board, and activity fee go out for the 2012-13 academic year. All students
APR 20   Abstract and final report on Community Practice Project due to CPPA 1st year MSW students
    Abstract due to Field Department 1st year MSW students
    Supervisors' final evaluation due 1st year MSW students
APR 27   Last day of field internship MSW students
    Anti-racism assignment report and abstract due to Field Department and FFA 2nd year MSW students
    Student evaluation of field agency due to Field Department and FFA 1st and 2nd year MSW students
    Group placement description form due to Field Department 1st and 2nd year MSW students
    Evaluation of faculty field advisor (FFA) due to Field Department 1st and 2nd year MSW students
    Evaluation of Community Practice Project Advisor due to Field Department 1st and 2nd year MSW students
May 10   Monthly narrative and statistical report due to FFA 1st & 2nd MSW students; all AS* students
May 11   Fifth thesis deadline: three substantive chapters approved by advisor, drafts of the remaining chapters completed 2nd year MSW students
    Fifth thesis deadline: data collection completed AS* students
May 18   Deadline for receipt of all required material by Field Department and Financial Aid Office to be cleared for Sunday check-in 2nd & 3rd year MSW students; AS* students
May 21-31   Spring break AS* students
May 23   Date by which students will be notified by the Field Department and Financial Aid Office if they are cleared or not cleared to check in on Sunday, June 3  
May 31   Dormitories open at 1:00pm. Buffet lunch at noon for students who will be living on campus  

* Advanced Standing

News From the Office of the Dean

In consultation with President Carol Christ, I have appointed Josh Miller as associate dean effective March 31, 2012. We look forward to Josh joining the Office of the Dean and continuing the excellent leadership he has provided in his many roles at the school.

Group for Spanish-Speaking Clinicians

If you are a clinician who conducts any of your clinical work in the field in Spanish, and if you are a fluent speaker, please consider joining the Spanish-speaking group this summer on campus! To give input on content and meeting times, please contact Audra Winn at or at 413-281-9245.


Mailings and Timelines from the Financial Aid Office

Student bills for the 2012-13 academic year will be mailed by the end of the month. The bills will include tuition, room and board (if living on campus) and the activity fee. For students who have financial aid, grants will also appear on the bill and loans will be reflected as pending credit and will be disbursed to your student account just prior to the start of classes.

Payments will be due my mid-May to avoid any problems with the check-in process.

If you are eligible for a refund from your loans, refunds will be processed the week before classes begin. We encourage you to complete a direct deposit form to have your refunds deposited directly into your bank account to avoid missing a check while you are transitioning to campus. You can find the form at Please return the form to the Controller's Office per instructions on the form.

Student bills are sent out monthly with the exception of May and August. (In May students are in transit and getting ready to come to SSW. In August, students are relocating to their field sites and addresses are being updated during this time.)


Spring Planning Guide - NEW

We would like to remind you that the Spring Planning Guide is now online at, linked from the For Current Students page, and contains many important dates and deadlines, including information about Central Check-In and Sunday Check-In.

Courses Linked to Moodle - NEW

Your Summer 2012 courses will be linked to Moodle around the second week in May.

2nd and 3rd Summer Students

Please note that last year's courses will be deactivated in Moodle at the end of the third week of April. Please plan accordingly.

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Social Media Arrives to the School for Social Work

We are pleased to announce our new Facebook Page and Twitter Feed! Like or follow us on:

The Bulletin will remain in place as the main vehicle for important reminders from the School. These additional channels will provide opportunities for our community to stay connected and engaged throughout the year.