Frequently Asked Questions

All your questions answered, including the basics such as how to contact the Second Half, financial information, and the registration process for Study Groups.

The Basics  |  Financial Information  |  Courses & Registration

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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 joins The Second Half?
Active, intellectually curious adults with flexible hours. Study groups are designed for people who seek academic challenges, networking opportunities, and social events. You must be a member to sign up for a study group.

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

Q: Where do groups meet?
 Study groups meet at various locations in the Fall River to New Bedford area.    Starting the Fall of 2014 most study groups will be held in the  205 Bedford Street building  where we have three appropriate meeting rooms 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. Tuition fees for each semester are $150 for two study groups. There is a $30  fee for each additional study group. Membership is required to enroll in a study group.  All memberships expire at the end of the academic year, June 30th.

Q: Is there a discount if my spouse and I both register?
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?
  Yes, your check is your receipt in the event of any confusion. At this time we are not able to accept credit cards.   Any refunds will be via check.

Q: May I pay later?
You may, but we will register you later. Your place in the study group 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 study group?
In some cases we can send refunds, however there will be a $15 processing fee for withdrawing completely within a week after your first study group in that semester.  Please leave a message at 508-677-4694
Note: Membership fees are not refundable.

Study Groups & Registration Process

Q: What happens if the study group I want is closed?
If the study group 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 study group, ripping up your check or sending a refund.

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

Q: I signed up for a study group and haven’t heard if I got in, does that mean I’m in the study group?
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 study group offerings, for easy registration, and to provide an opportunity to meet the leaders for each study group.  Also, catalogs are mailed to members as well as being available through this web site.   Other activities are advertised via the Second Half Facebook page and through email sent to members.  Check the Events page on this web site for details.

Q: Study Groups are filled on a first come / first served basis.   What is your selection process in filling these?
The selection process is described in more detail here.

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


Each Semester, 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 on a wide-range of topics in the Second Half Cafe, a Facebook group.