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As Massachusetts’ primary source for information about saving, planning and paying for college, MEFA has developed a close relationship with the school counselors across the Commonwealth. Our services are free and were developed in partnership with our statewide Counselor Advisory Board. 


Resources for Students and Families 



 MEFA Publications 


MEFA’s publications and resources are free for high school families and counselors. 

Counseling Links 


These resources may assist you with counseling students throughout the college enrollment process, especially for specific counseling issues that often require a referral or more detailed information. 


College planning  

  • College Opportunities Online Locator (COOL) allows you to see and compare profiles of colleges and universities across the nation including information about college's tuition and fees and average financial aid awards.  
  • YourPlanForTheFuture.orgthe Massachusetts college and career Web portal that helps students prepare for life after high school. 
  • Career planning tools from MassCIS. 
  • College planning tools from the U.S. government.
  •, a free online college and career fair. Visit hundreds of colleges, chat with admissions reps, watch live video presentations on key admissions topics, and get answers to questions real-time.
  • TOEFL exam for non-native English speakers.
  • High School Administration for NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Tuition Break at New England public colleges and universities.
  • Admissions standards at Massachusetts public colleges and universities.
  • MassTransfer provides information on transferring within Massachusetts public higher education.


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Grants and Scholarships 

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