As part of our public service outreach, MEFA offers free training and events that are aligned with MASCA’s MA Model and the Massachusetts Career Development Education (CDE) Benchmarks. These events — which include in-person trainings, webinars, and professional conference seminars — can be incorporated into your comprehensive school counseling program.

PDP Certification

MEFA is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide Professional Development Points (PDP) to school counselors. Read more about our PDP policy.

Financial Aid Training

Every year, MEFA offers financial aid training sessions for Massachusetts school counselors and college access professionals. These sessions include a comprehensive financial aid overview, with options for beginner and advanced financial aid knowledge (new this year!), a presentation by OSFA, a session about DACA and undocumented students, a summary of valuable tools and resources, and plenty of opportunities to speak with MEFA staff on a wide range of topics.

Trainings are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and you can earn 5 PDPs. Our two training dates for 2016 are listed below. Please note: the training at MassBay has reached capacity and we are now taking registrations for the waitlist. If you register now, we will notify you that you have been placed on the waitlist and will then notify you again if a spot opens for you at the MassBay training.

November 2, 2016 at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA
November 10, 2016 at MassBay Community College in Wellesley, MA

Register here for these important training opportunities.

School Counselor Webinar Series

You can earn more PDPs by attending live MEFA webinars or watching recorded ones on timely financial aid topics and completing an Evidence of Learning Form (worth one PDP) for each webinar.

Live Webinars

Please click on each webinar below for a full description and to register. All webinars are at 10am unless otherwise indicated.

Recorded Webinars

Please click on each webinar below to watch the recording.

Industry Partners

MEFA provides financial aid overviews and sessions on special topics at the annual conferences of several industry partners:

If you attend any of the conferences listed above, please be sure to stop by our booth to pick up materials to share with your families.

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