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Keep up to date with the latest news about planning and financing a college education and preparing for your financial future, from experts here at MEFA and across the industry. Browse through our blog and use it as your very own college planning guide.

Father and daughter learning about college essays
Learn how long the essay typically is, if you can use the same essay for different schools, how to make your essay stand out, and if you'll need to answer other questions in addition to the essay. …
By Lauren Patten    |
Student using laptop to research scholarships for nursing students
Scholarships include the Heart of Healthcare Nursing Scholarship, AfterCollege Nursing Student Scholarship, TALSN Scholarship for Certified Nursing Assistants, Coursey Enterprises Scholarship, R&D Systems Scholarship, Niche Nursing Scholarship, and Elizabeth Garde National Scholarship.…
By Lauren Patten    |
Woman fitting student loan payments into financial plans
Read one woman's story of how she fits student loan payments into her budget and learn how you can make repayment work with your larger financial goals. …
By Lisa Rooney    |
father and son using computer to get answers to questions about student loans
Get answers to questions on Federal Direct Student Loans, the PLUS Loan, co-borrowers, loan amount and timing, loans for multiple children, repayment, and credit. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Father and daughter using computer to learn about MEFA Loans
Learn if MEFA Loans require means testing, if co-borrowers roll off after a certain point, if you can borrow MEFA Loans without borrowing Federal Direct Student Loans, if there' s maximum amount you can borrow, and what to do if you are not sure how much you need to borrow. …
By Jonathan Hughes    |
Student using computer to research scholarships with deadlines in September
Scholarships include Love Your Career Scholarship, The Cameron Impact Scholarship, The May Firm Scholarship Fund, OppU Achievers Scholarship, Shout It Out Scholarship, Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship, Don't Text and Drive Scholarship, and Key Thinkers Scholarship. …
By Lauren Patten    |
Woman using tablet to learn about NPEA
Learn what NPEA does, the benefits of membership, how they partner with colleges, the tools they offer students, and how they remove barriers to college access. …
By Karin Elliot, Jonathan Hughes    |
Student using laptop to learn how to apply to college
Learn how many colleges to apply to, how to write the college essay, when college applications are due, how to create a resume, how to find colleges with no application fees, and when to apply for college. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Man using computer to learn about student loan refinancing
Learn when to refinance student loans, if there is a downside to refinancing, if it costs money to refinance, and if refinancing can hurt your credit score. …
By Shaun Connolly    |
The MEFA Loan interest rates will start at 3.75% for the 2021-22 academic year, substantially lower than the 6.28% offered by the Federal Direct PLUS Loan, and will have no origination fee, no application fee, and no prepayment penalties. …
By Lisa Rooney    |
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