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September 30, 2014



Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement and anxiety. Help calm your child's fears, and your own, with these back to school tips.
Back to School Tips for Parents

As classes begin to pick up steam, college students may find themselves overwhelmed. To make sure your semester is a perfect 10, take a look at these back-to-school tips at HBCUCONNECT.COM: 10 Back-To-School Tips to get You Through Fall 2014 


A new program offers up to three free 3-credit college courses for eligible residents who enroll at one of the 17 institutions in the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system.

Connecticut residents who last attended college prior to December 1, 2012 and were enrolled in an associate or bachelor's degree program (or completed an associate's degree), are eligible.

To learn more about this limited time program, visit the Go Back to Get Ahead website, or call toll-free 1-844-GBTGA-CT.

Fifth Connecting Faith, Families & Schools Conference
For Student Success  

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Wesleyan University - Middletown, CT

The fifth Connecting Faith, Families & Schools Conference is an opportunity for faith and worship leaders, educators, and families to come together to discuss critical issues affecting student success. Participants will share ideas about the practices that help families support student learning and hear about various research and activities that can be incorporated into the rich fabric of the faith and worship community. This year's conference will focus on Chronic Absenteeism.

Audience: Members of Faith/Community Organizations, Families, and Schools

Keynote Speaker: Bill E. Strickland, Manchester Bidwell Corporation

For registration questions, please contact Yolanda Garcia, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 264 or

For content questions, please contact Veronica Marion  SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 391 or

  Teacher's Residence Assistance Program

Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program offers low interest, fixed rate mortgage loans for eligible Connecticut certified public school teachers. Homes must be purchased in a designated priority or transitional school district. Applicants who are certified to teach and are teaching in a state-identified subject matter shortage area can purchase a home anywhere in Connecticut. Click here for details..

 2014 Parental Involvement Recognition Award

  Parent Nomination Application

The State Education Resource Center (SERC) and the CT Parent Information and Resource Center (CT PIRC), in collaboration with the CT Commission on Children, cordially invite you to nominate a parent from your local school and/or community organization for a Parental Involvement Recognition Award.  These awards highlight and honor exemplars of parental involvement in schools and community organizations.

Nominators and awardees will be notified no later than October 20, 2014 and invited to attend a recognition award celebration held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 in Hartford.   Please submit completed nomination packages to SERC/CT PIRC by Thursday, October 2, 2014 to the attention of:

David R. Grice, Ph.D., Consultant
SERC/CT PIRC - 25 Industrial Park Road - Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 632-1485, ext. 343 - E-mail:

Connecticut Special Education Parent Survey   

The AAAC urges parents and other primary child care providers with special education needs to complete the Connecticut Special Education Parent Survey If you need assistance completing the survey, please contact the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center at 1-800-445-CPAC, or by e-mail at

 5/29 is College Savings Plan Day

CHET, - Connecticut Higher Education Trust, is the 529 college savings plan for Connecticut. 529 plans are tax-advantaged investments designed to encourage college savings for children.

Funds invested in CHET accounts can be withdrawn tax-free for qualifying education expenses, and a CT state income tax deduction is available for CHET contributions. 

Visit their website or call (866) 314-3939 to learn more.  


A college scholarship is a monetary award based on criteria given by the awarding party. It can be given on the basis of academic merit, athletic ability, financial need or other criteria specific to the group giving the award.   Educational grants and scholarships are the best kind of financial aid, for one simple reason: it's free money. To make your journey to college a little easier, the African-American Affairs Commission has compiled a listing of available scholarships and information to assist you with your search.  In this booklet you will find a brief description of each scholarship.  Each scholarship contains contact information and/or links that will direct you to the actual scholarship.  Click on the scholarship link provided or cut and paste the website address into your browser.


Financial Aid for Minority Students  

This comprehensive scholarship list includes financial aid opportunities exclusively reserved for African-Americans, Hispanics, women, and other specific minority groups, as well as more generalized awards that are made available to applicants belonging to any underrepresented demographic.


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   Harvard University Announcement
No Tuition No Student Loans !

Harvard University

Harvard University announced that students from low-income families will not have to pay tuition. In making the announcement, former Harvard University President, Lawrence H. Summers stated, "When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution."

If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. Students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free... no tuition and no student loans!

To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard's financial aid website at: or call the school's financial aid office at (617) 495-1581.

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Phone: (860) 240-8555 Fax: (860) 240-8444