Whether you’re currently in college or planning for graduate school, you’ll need to develop a multi-year financial plan to complete your program. At MEFA, we are committed to making higher education affordable, and the resources we offer are designed to help you create a sensible financial plan that meets your needs.
Stay Up to Date on Financial Aid
If you are among the many who rely on financial aid, you are required to re-apply for aid each year to get the funds you need for education expenses. Even if you’ve learned about financial aid and filled out the applications in the past, it’s a good idea to review MEFA’s up-to-date information and resources:
- Discover the types of financial aid on our Financial Aid Made Simple page.
- Explore the federal requirements that determine Financial Aid Eligibility.
- Learn about the Financial Aid Applications that you may be required to submit.
- Review a list of Financial Aid Application Tips that can make the application process easier.
- Find out what happens After You Apply for financial aid, and take a look at a Sample Financial Aid Award Letter.
Plan For the College Bill
You’ll need to make sure you have a plan in place to pay your school bill before the billing deadline. Be sure you’re prepared by reviewing the college billing process.
Know the Basics about Private Education Loans
If you decide to take a private education loan for undergraduate or graduate education, you should shop around for one that offers the right combination of interest rate and repayment terms. A quick review of how student loans work will help you make a smart choice:
- Having a co-borrower on your loan may lower your interest rate.
- An immediate repayment loan typically has lower monthly payments than a deferred student loan and costs significantly less in the long run, but requires repayment while you’re in school.
- While a fixed interest rate loan charges the same interest rate and monthly payment for the life of the loan, a variable interest rate loan will likely increase its interest rate as rates in the economy rise.
- The fine print matters — so be sure to do your research and ask questions to help you decide which loan product is appropriate for your financial situation.
As you weigh the options available, use our Loan Payment Calculator to find the best payment option and reduce your borrowing costs.
Learn About MEFA Loans
Before you choose a private education loan, be sure to consider a low-cost MEFA loan. We offer both undergraduate loans and graduate loans that feature fixed interest rates and various repayment options. Our loans are available with no application fee to students who are residents of or attend college in Massachusetts.
Find Out About Loan Repayment
Your overall financial plan for paying higher education expenses should include a plan for making loan repayments. Now is a good time to take a look at the repayment process — so that you know what to expect and can minimize the stress of repaying your loan.
Consider Refinancing Your Loans
Once you’ve begun working and repaying your loans after college graduation, you can refinance both your federal and private loans into a MEFA Education Refinancing Loan, which can lower your monthly payment and make your bills easier to manage.
Manage Your Money Well
One of the most important skills to master after college is post-graduation money management. You’ll need to establish a budget, pay your debts on time, and save for retirement.