Frequently Asked Questions

The Basics  |  Financial Information  |  Courses & Registration



The Basics

Q: How can I contact the Second Half Lifelong Learning Institute?
Email  or call 508-677-4694.  Click on Contact if you would like to be added to our mailing list and receive information about the next semester’s classes.

Mailing Address 
The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute
205 Bedford St.
Fall River, MA 02720

Office hours:  9:00 – 3:00 Mondays through Thursdays.  Closed Holidays and bad weather.

Q: Who takes classes with The Second Half?
Active, intellectually curious adults with flexible hours take Second Half classes. Courses and activities are designed for people who seek academic challenges, networking opportunities, and social events. You must be a member to sign up for a class.

Q: When do classes meet?
The Second Half has two terms beginning mid-September and mid-February. The mostly two-hour daytime classes meet once a week and typically run for three to ten weeks, depending on the course. They meet on Weekdays. Summer events are held on a periodic basis.

Q: Where do classes meet?
Classes meet at various locations in the Fall River to New Bedford area.    Starting the Fall of 2014 most classes will be held in the Fall River classrooms at 205 Bedford Street on the first floor.

Financial Information

Q: What is the membership fee? And tuition?
The annual membership fee for the two-term academic year is $35.00. Tuition fees for each semester are $150.00 for two courses. There is a $30.00 fee for each additional course. Membership is required to enroll in a course.  All memberships expire at the end of the academic year, June 30th.

Q: Is there a discount if my spouse and I both take classes?
We treat every member as an individual, which means no discounts.

Q: Where do I park at the various locations?
 Most sites have parking available.  For the Fall River location, however, free parking is available in the two parking lots directly across from 205 Bedford street.

Q: Must I pay with a check?
  Your check is your receipt in the event of any confusion.  You can also pay online with a credit card.  Any refunds, however, will be via check.

Q: May I pay later?
You may, but we will register you later. Your place in the course will not be held until your money is received.

Q: Can I get a refund? What if I get sick and cannot continue in my class?
In some cases we can send refunds, however there will be a $15 processing fee for withdrawing completely within a week after your first class in that semester.  Please leave a message at 508-677-4694
Note: Membership fees are not refundable.

Courses & Registration Process

Q: What happens if the course I want is closed?
If the course you want is closed, you will receive a phone call in order to discuss your options; being put on a waiting list, enrolling in a different course, ripping up your check or sending a refund.

Q: There are courses I’d like to take but they’re not being offered. What can I do about this?
The current Curriculum Chairperson, is always looking for tips on new courses and assistance in offering them. Please send an email that will be forwarded to the Chairperson.

Q: I signed up for a class and haven’t heard if I got in, does that mean I’m in the class?
Confirmation letters will be sent.

Q: How can I learn about current activities?
An Open House is held at the beginning of each term to announce course offerings, for easy registration, and to provide an opportunity to meet the facilitators for each course.  Also catalogs are mailed to members so registration is also by mail.

Q: Courses/Interest Groups are filled on a first come / first served basis.   What is your selection process in filling the classes?
The selection process is described in our Registration Policy document.

Q: I signed up for a course last semester but did not get in.  If the same course is offered again, do I have priority?
Yes you do. The registration process is described in our Registration Policy document. There is also a place on the Registration Form to request priority for that course.


Each Fall, a New Members reception is held to welcome our new members and answer their specific needs.

Members are kept posted on time-sensitive issues by email, this web site, and our Facebook Page.  A periodic print newsletter spotlights events, personalities, and news.  Our website is updated regularly and members are encouraged to participate in discussion ona wide-range of topic in the Second Half Cafe, a Facebook group.