How to Apply

Please refer to the following 3-step process below to complete your Application today.

 

New Participants must submit the following forms to complete their Application:   

Seasonal Interest Sheet             
Application Form (General Application or Special Event)   

New Internship Participants must submit the following forms to complete their Application:   

Seasonal Interest Sheet             
Aspire Works Application Form
Aspire Works Supplemental Info Form

Returning Participants must submit the following forms to complete their Application:            

Seasonal Interest Sheet            
Returning Participant Application



Step 1:  Download applicable forms here:  
Application forms can now be filled out and submitted electronically using a desktop or laptop computer.  All PDF forms must be viewed and submitted using Adobe Acrobat Reader.  If you are having trouble submitting the PDF files, please download Acrobat Reader here.   

Program Interest Sheet - Spring 2020 (PDF)
Program Interest Sheet - Fall 2019 (PDF) 
Program Interest Sheet - Summer Programming (PDF)
Returning Participant Application (PDF)
General Application - age 17 and under (PDF)
General Application - age 18 and up (PDF)
Aspire Works Application (PDF)
Aspire Works Supplemental Info (PDF)
Special Event Application (PDF)
Career Counseling Application (PDF)
Financial Aid Application (PDF)
Release of Information (PDF)

Step 2.  Include new information or documentation:

Provide relevant recent information, such as a neuropsychological report, IEP or other evaluations; an updated resume (for the internship program); or any supporting financial documentation for financial aid applications if MGH Aspire does not already have it on file.

Step 3.  Submit application forms:

Sign and date all forms and submit with a $75 application fee (new applicants only) by the application deadline to:

MGH Aspire
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA 02421

Phone: 781-860-1900  Fax: 781-860-1920
mghaspire@partners.org

 

What to expect during the MGH Aspire application process:

Our MGH Aspire "3S" model focuses on teaching skills within a group of well-matched peers in an environment that is conducive to learning and developing socially. After the completed application materials are received, potential candidates will be scheduled for an interview session to assess if they are an appropriate match for our programs. The factors we consider in developing our peer groups are age, interests, communication style, and level of self-awareness. During the applicants’ interview session, we may request to meet separately with parents to provide more information about our programs and learn about your goals for your child at MGH Aspire. 

Aspire intake interview sessions only take place in our Lexington office.

Attendance Policy

The success of the group and of each participant is dependent upon all members attending as many sessions as possible. We expect that participants will make a commitment to the group. In case of an unavoidable absence, please let your group leader know with as much notice as possible. No refunds are given due to absences unless related to extensive medical conditions.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, participants/families will be notified via email by noon whether the group/session will be held on that day. Participants/families may also call the MGH Aspire office at 781-860-1900 after 12pm. 

 

 

Child Schedule

Spring 2020 Programs - download PDF schedule

Enrollment for spring 2020 programs is currently open. 

 

Fall 2019 Programs - download PDF schedule

Enrollment for fall programs is now closed.

 

 

 

Teen & Adult Schedule

Spring 2020 Programs - download PDF schedule

Enrollment for Spring 2020 programs is currently open.

 

Fall 2019 Programs - download PDF schedule

Enrollment for fall programs is now closed.  Spring enrollment will begin the end of October and spring schedules will be posted at that time.

  

 

 

MGH Aspire Works Schedule

Spring Internship 2020 - download PDF schedule

Enrollment for the spring 2020 Internship session is currently open.

Fall Internship 2019 - download PDF schedule

Enrollment for fall programs is now closed.  Spring enrollment will begin the end of October and spring schedules will be posted at that time.


Weekly schedules for Internship Program Participants

Job Placement schedules vary according to the company/organization needs. A typical schedule may include:

3 days per week working on site with the organization they are carefully matched with based on their skills

1 seminar per week at Aspire for ongoing skill-building

Weekly consultation (in person or by phone) with one of Aspire's highly trained career counselors

Career Counseling

Career counseling is provided on an ongoing basis with an individualized schedule. 

How to Pay

Application Fee

If this is the first time that you are submitting an application to an Aspire program, or if you have not participated in a program within a school year, a $75 application fee is required.

Payment Options

To pay by check, please mail to 1 Maguire Road, Lexington, MA  02421. To pay by credit card, please call 781-860-1900. Application fees, program deposits and program tuition are non-refundable. Call or email mghaspire@partners.org with questions.

Payment Due

Payment is due upon receipt of acceptance. Participant’s spot will be held for 2 weeks. Payment in full is required before the start of group. Payment plans are available upon request.

Group Discounts

  • Multi-Group Discount - 10% discount for any single participant taking two or more groups concurrently.
  • Sibling Discount - 10% discount for two or more siblings participating in MGH Aspire groups concurrently.

Financial Aid Support

We are pleased that our generous donors have provided us with the funds to support families in substantial financial need. Financial aid support is designed to make school year groups and summer programming available to participants regardless of economic status. Financial aid support is awarded based on multiple criteria including family income, family assets, size of family, etc. Families must have up to date financial aid documentation on file to receive support. Submittal of a financial aid application does not guarantee support. Financial aid support will be awarded after the applicant has been accepted to the program.  The financial aid application can be found on the "How to Apply" page.

Applicants Over 18

If the applicant lives with a parent/legal guardian, we require that both the participant and the parents/legal guardians provide financial documentation; otherwise, the financial aid application will be considered incomplete. If the applicant does not live with a parent/guardian, MGH Aspire staff will need to understand the nature of the financial relationship of the parent and child. Please specify any financial or material support (e.g., below-market rent, groceries, utilities payments, tuition support, monthly cash support) that the applicant receives from family or others under the “additional consideration” section.

Returning Applicants

A new financial aid application must be submitted each year. We may require updated tax information after April 15th to make a final determination for financial aid requests if you are applying for one of our summer programs.

Insurance

Please be aware that MGH Aspire offers multidisciplinary interventions and methods that do not fit standard medical procedure codes; therefore, our services are not reimbursable by medical insurers.

District Pay

If your child requires MGH Aspire programming either to make progress during the school year, or to maintain progress made during the school year over the summer, AND your school system does not have a program that adequately addresses that need, you may be entitled to district funding. Please contact your school administrator to see if your situation would qualify. If your school district is funding your child, please provide an official communication (email from school or on school letterhead) stating their intent to pay.  School districts do not receive financial aid.

 

 

 

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