As a not-for-profit state authority, MEFA takes an active role in giving back to the community, with a variety of initiatives to promote college access and raise awareness about the importance of early college planning. See what we’re doing in your neighborhood.
MEFA supports literacy events to get kids reading and help parents make reading an integral part of their children's education. Start U.Reading — a series of literacy events where local celebrities team with favorite children's characters like Buzz Lightyear and Clifford the Big Red Dog to encourage kids to read — are held at public libraries across Massachusetts.
College Savings Art Competition
Each year, MEFA sponsors an art competition for third, fourth, and fifth graders who create artwork based on the theme "What do I want to be when I graduate from college?" Winners receive money in a U.Fund college savings account.
College Planning and Financial Aid Seminars
MEFA provides free seminars for parents on early college planning, applying for admissions and financial aid, and understanding the college financing process. Expert speakers from MEFA are also available to speak on these topics at local and regional community meetings and events. MEFA seminars can be tailored to meet the needs of your audience. Find a seminar
Are you a college financial aid administrator with knowledge to share? Contact Shari Tozian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.224.4861 to volunteer.
MEFA works with employers across the Commonwealth to help their employees prepare for the costs of higher education. We offer programs on:
Saving for College
Early College Planning
After the Acceptance
All seminars can be tailored to meet your organization’s needs. MEFA provides free seminars for employees and distributes college financing information through human resources departments. MEFA seminars are always free of charge. If you’d like to schedule a MEFA seminar at your community organization or business, contact Julie Shields-Rutyna at 800.842.1531 ext. 4839 or email email@example.com.