As part of the weekly enrichment seminars of the Summer Jobs Program, Daniel Forster, the Assistant Vice President of Admission and Student Financial Services at Simmons College, met with the students to give them the run down on student loans, loan payments, financial aid, and scholarships. The students listened intently through the enrichment seminar and had no shortage of questions when it came to finding out the best ways to pay for college — and to repay their loans.
During the enrichment seminar, Daniel walked the students through how to read an award letter to introduce them to the oftentimes confusing financial information. In addition, Daniel passed out a sample student loans calculator and taught them the best way to calculate a monthly loan payment and the total interest paid.
We asked one of the BBA’s Summer Job’s Students, Alejandra, what she thought of the seminar and here’s what she had to say:
“He kept it interesting the whole time, was very funny, and I feel a lot more knowledgeable about student loans and the process behind them. I asked Daniel a lot of questions and he answered them directly and his answers turned into full conversations, which helped us learn about a lot more than just student loans. I asked him about questions relating to loan guarantors and how family member’s credit can impact your loans — he explained that special circumstances happen all the time and part of his role is working with these special cases. Daniel also pointed out that admissions and loans don’t just depend on academics but schools look for a diversity of talents, backgrounds, and many other factors.”
Next week, the Summer Jobs Students will be finishing up their Financial Literacy portion of the enrichment seminars by taking a trip to the US Bankruptcy court for a session on consequences, so stay tuned!
Our longtime readers are very familiar with the BBA’s Summer Jobs Program. They know all about this year’s 64 students and the amazing diversity they represent in our city. They’ve followed past students through their first day of work, weekly enrichment seminars and graduation. One thing we haven’t talked as much about is the impact Boston Bar Foundation funds have on the program.
This year, 14 students will benefit from paid summer internships at legal service and government agencies across Boston thanks to the BBF. In the past, these students have had some pretty incredible experiences.
We thought Beyond the Billable was the perfect place to clarify the BBA/BBF Summer Jobs relationship as we get ready to kick off an amazing summer. We’ll keep it pretty simple. The BBA runs the program, which includes organizing enrichment seminars, the Kickoff and graduation, working with the PIC and Boston Public Schools to select the students, and recruiting law firms and offices to fund positions for the students. The BBF funds additional job placements in legal service and government agencies thanks to the generosity of area law firms, businesses and individuals, as well as the support of the sponsors and attendees from the BBF’s Casino Night fundraiser.
This year’s BBF students will gain experience in a professional setting and participate in enrichment seminars on professional development, financial literacy, and student loans. Check out where the BBF funded students will be working below:
Committee for Public Counsel Services, Palmer Roxbury
Committee for Public Counsel Services, Roxbury
Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards
Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts
Legal Advocacy and Resource Center
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
United States Bankruptcy Court
United States District Court
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
We’ll be following the BBF students closely this summer, so make sure to keep checking Beyond the Billable for more. To learn more about how the BBF supports the Summer Jobs Program, please visit the BBF’s website here.
The BBF would like to thank Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, Hemenway & Barnes, Arrowood Peters LLP and Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Weist & Garner, P.C. for their generous donations to the BBF to fund Summer Jobs positions.