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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.

Applying to Community College
Steps include submitting the application and transcripts, applying for financial aid, taking the academic skills assessment, meeting with an advisor, attending orientation, and showing proof of immunization. …
By Shaun Connolly    |
SAT or ACT? How to Decide
Tips include exploring the differences between the tests, taking practice tests for each, and making a test preparation plan. …
By Travis Minor    |
Virtual College Visits
Learn about virtual campus tours, virtual information sessions, video chat admission interviews, and other virtual offerings at places including Bennington College, Northeastern University, Salem State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Syracuse University. …
By Mary Rubenis    |
What are My Alternatives to a 4-Year College?
Options include community college, trade schools, technology programs, and gap years. …
By Mary Rubenis    |
Planning for College with First-Gen Students
Three first-generation college students share how they chose a college, what they're most looking forward to in college, how COVID-19 has changed their process, and advice for other first-generation college students. …
By Ajea Stupart    |
Students in Grades 9-10: Here's How to Plan for College While at Home
Suggestions include preparing to take the PSAT, taking virtual college tours, determining classes you need to take, finding out GPA requirements for colleges, chatting with others about their college experience, and talking to your parents about college financing.…
By Shaun Connolly    |
Why You Might Be Interested in JROTC Even If You Don't Want to Join the Military
Learn about JROTC, how it got started, what kinds of classes students take in the program, and how the skills you learn can assist you even if you don't plan on joining the military. …
By Jonathan Hughes    |
Using Social Media to Research and Connect with Colleges
Social media can be great for research, connecting with admitted students, and getting an authentic glimpse of campus life, but it's important to consider privacy and appropriateness as well. …
By Sara Calvert-Kubrom    |
Researching Colleges When You Can't Visit Campus
Tips including asking questions about the school, such as how many students make it to graduation and how many other students are in the major you are interested in, and understanding the truth on college myths, such as needing to decide on a major before getting to college. …
By Dr. Tim Poynton, Richard Lapan    |
The What, When, and Who of SAT Subject Tests
Learn what they are, when they are offered, when students should take them, and who should take them.…
By Lisa Albro    |
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