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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: February 28th


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
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Feb 28
March 4
Mar 28
Apr 1
Apr 11
Apr 14
Apr 25
May 5


Deadlines & Important Dates


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Financial aid application deadline for 2013-2014 academic year:
Returning students (M.S.W. or Ph.D) who applied for institutional need based aid in their first year are only required to file the FAFSA in each of their remaining years. Institutional need-based aid eligibility will be determined with data provided on the 2013/14 FAFSA and all data previously collected.  

The deadline for the 2013-2014 FAFSA to be received by Smith from the Department of Education is March 18, 2013.  Forms can be found at:

Please note that while most FAFSA records only take a few days for the Department of Education to process, it can take upwards of 3 weeks for Smith to receive a FAFSA record. Awards are processed on a rolling basis beginning in March, as the FAFSA data is received and reviewed. Also, the Department selects a few students each year for a process known as “Verification”. If you are selected, we will notify you of additional requirements needed to complete the process. These additional requirements are not due by the March 18th application deadline but are necessary before aid can be awarded.


Second-summer students: Special scheduling needs

We would like to remind you that, if you have special scheduling needs in advance of BannerWeb registration in late March, there is a deadline. Please see Course Registration: Second Summer Registration for details. If you have questions after reading the information there, please contact

Required BannerWeb Registration

By now you should have received a postcard in the mail announcing BannerWeb registration in March. (If you have not, please contact ASAP to supply us with your correct address.) Complete registration information is available on the SSW website starting on the course registration pages at Remember to check your Smith email regularly for important notices!  

Waiving 330

Second-summer students interested in waiving course 330, Child Development from Infancy to Adolescence in its Social Context, and taking 333, Developmental Deviations in Childhood and Adolescence, instead should consult the website at Course Registration: Second Summer Registration and meet the February 15, 2013, deadline. Course descriptions can be found at If you have questions after reading the information on those sites, please contact

Electives for Third-Summer Students

There will not be another Bulletin between now and when the elective schedule is posted online. Please check Course Registration sometime after February 13. This is what you will use to choose your electives as per the BannerWeb registration instructions found at the same site. We strongly urge you to enter BannerWeb in advance and make sure you have correctly reset your PIN if necessary!

2012 Courses in Moodle

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


Summer 2013 Housing

All students --
Housing forms were emailed to you on Wednesday January 30. Please contact Michele Bala ASAP if you did not receive this email, or if you could not open the attachments. Remember, even if you plan on living off campus you still need to return the first page of the housing form to Michele Bala. Students who plan on living on campus will need to send back the first and last page; please remember to sign that last page. You can return the COMPLETED forms either by regular mail, fax, or you can scan the form and email it back to Michele Bala at The deadline is Friday, February 22.


ACSWA, the new on-line home of clinical social work nationwide, invites you to become an ACSWA student member for just $15 per year, which includes the cost of PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE COVERAGE for your field placements in the school year 2012-2013 (coverage through Sept. 1, 2013). ACSWA also puts you in contact with thousands of other students and practitioners, and connects you with resources toward a clinical social work career. Click here ( to sign up for membership now!

ACSWA (American Clinical Social Work Association) is a unit of the Center for Clinical Social Work, which also operates the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work, the national board-certifying body.

The NASW Foundation is accepting online applications for its 2013 – 2014 fellowship and scholarship awards through March 6, 2013. Eligible NASW members are invited to apply. We hope that you will help us make this information available to as many students as possible by posting information about the 2013 – 2014 fellowships and scholarships on your websites and in your newsletters. Thank you for your continued support.

  • The Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to a social work doctoral candidate engaged in dissertation research in health care policy and practice. One fellowship of up to $3,000 will be awarded.
  • The Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to a social work doctoral candidate engaged in dissertation research in welfare policy and practice.  One fellowship of up to $3,000 will be awarded.
  • The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarships are awarded to master’s degree candidates in social work interested in working with American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations or in public and voluntary nonprofit agency settings. Up to 10 scholarships of up to $4,000 each will be awarded. 
  • The Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarships are awarded to master’s degree candidates in social work who demonstrate an interest in or haveexperience with health/mental health practice and have a commitment to working in the African American community. Up to 2 scholarships of up to $2,000 each will be awarded.   

E-mail inquiries may be sent to or phone the NASW Foundation at 202-336-8298.

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.