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FAFSA workshop recap

Thank you to all Da Vincians who joined us on Wednesday 10/7 for our Financial Aid Workshop for Senior Families. In this workshop, we provided a step-by-step explanation of the federal student financial aid process. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was explained along with grants, federal loans and scholarships. The session was recorded and can be found here.

We will host two more Financial Aid Workshops for Senior Families on the following dates:

• Thursday, November 5, 4:30-6pm
• Wednesday, February 10, 4:30-6pm

These workshops cover the same content, so you only need to attend one. We welcome you back if you need clarification or a refresher on the material.

Important Reminders and Resources on Financial Aid:

• The FAFSA opened on October 1st and is due March 2nd for CSUs, UCs, and California Community Colleges. The FAFSA deadlines for private and out-of-state universities vary. Please check their respective websites for financial aid deadlines We encourage you to apply early!

• To complete and sign a FAFSA electronically, both the student and the parent need an FSA ID. Here is information on creating an FSA ID.

• If you are applying to a private college, you many need to complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. The CSS Profile is used to assess the student for institutional aid, which may include merit-based aid. Here is a list of colleges that requires the CSS Profile.

• If you are an undocumented student, you may be eligible for the state aid and institutional aid. Please complete the DREAM Act Application to apply for these funds. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.

• If you are or were a foster youth, you may qualify for the CHAFEE Grant. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.

As always, please reach out to your respective counselor if you have any questions.

Have a great Friday and a restful weekend!

The DV Counseling Team

FAFSA Workshop

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Hello Seniors and Families,

This Wednesday, October 7th 4:30pm – 6pm the Da Vinci Counselors from Communications, Design, and Science will be hosting a FAFSA Workshop Night. All College applicants must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for financial aid (ex. grants, loans, scholarships). The FAFSA opened on October 1st and is due March 2nd for CSUs, UCs, and Community Colleges in California. FAFSA deadlines for private and out-of-state universities vary. Apply early!

This ZOOM webinar event will allow counselors to present the application step by step on how to fill out the FAFSA application. There will be a Q&A in the chat feature on ZOOM.

To join the webinar click here.

Or join by phone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 923 7794 3554

To fully sign and submit the FAFSA during the webinar, student and parent(s) must apply for their PIN (FSA ID) and have it verified.  CLICK ON THIS link for a helpful video that will walk you through the steps to apply for your PIN.

We will also be hosting this webinar on the following future dates:

Thursday, November 5, 4:30-6pm
Wednesday, February 10, 4:30-6pm

Remember, the earlier you fill out FAFSA the better!

Hope to see you there!


The Counseling Team

National Performing Arts College Fair

Hello Seniors!

We’re excited to let you know about an opportunity for music, dance and theatre students to connect with admission representatives from colleges across the country, including from the USC Thornton School of Music, Kaufman School of Dance, and School of Dramatic Arts.  The National Performing Arts College Fairs presented by the Music Admissions Roundtable is a series of five virtual college fairs (beginning on September 21) open to any prospective undergraduate student.  The fairs will be hosted virtually via Zoom on 5 different dates and times.  Registration is required to connect with schools but it’s free for students to attend!  Below are the 5 fair dates and attached is a flyer with more information.

  • Monday, September 21 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, October 8 | 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. EST
  • Sunday, October 25 | 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, November 12 | 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. EST
  • Monday, November 23 | 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. EST


Performing Arts Virtual College Fairs (Music Admission Roundtable)

Reminder of Resources – mental health, food banks, homelessness, self-care

We understand that our Da Vinci community continues to push through these very trying times and we’d like to remind you that there are available resources to help those in need of additional support services:

Los Angeles Homeless Services link

Community Mental Health Resources link

Collection of free resources link

@Home Resources link

Emergency Resources link



(HBCU) Historically Black Colleges and Universities Night: Virtual College Fair



HBCU Night: Virtual College Fair: Sept. 7- Sept. 10
Download the app “HBCU Hub App” and register for HBCU Night

Join to listen and learn about 61 HBCUs!

Each night begins at 5pm, and will host colleges and universities such as: Clark Atlanta, Howard, Hampton, Xavier of LA, Fisk, and many, many more!  Go to this link to see what colleges & universities are attending on what days, to register to attend, and for more info.
Must download the HBCU Hub App.

Welcome from the DVD Counseling Team

Welcome back new and returning Designers!

Below you will find contact information for your counselors including individual URLs for the Counselor Contact virtual form with QR codes. We are excited to see you all.

Welcome from counselors 2020

Da Vinci Dance Troupe recap

Hello Da Vinci Design families!

We are excited to share with you the Da Vinci Dance Troupe Summer Intensive 2020 recap below! In attendance was such an amazing group of faculty and students from around the world-see recap graphic below!  Please visit Instagram at @davincidancetroupe or email for faculty bios and additional information on the dance troupe.

DVDT Summer Intensive Recap

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Great opportunity to learn more about African American History and Culture:


Summer Reading Challenge

Join National Museum of African American History and Culture this summer for a new digital experience: the NMAAHC Summer Reading Challenge!

Students in grades 3 through 12 are invited to read fiction and nonfiction literature about African American history. The theme for summer 2020 is “Reading through the Galleries.”

Students will choose books from a list of monthly recommendations, explore related resources and activities, record their book selections, and send in their reading lists to receive a monthly digital completion certificate! Click here for more information.

African American Museum 1

African American Museum 2


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