MEFA Blog

MEFA Blog

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.

3 Key Social Media Tips for Students
Students can learn how to use social media to their advantage in the college admissions process by following these tips, including googling yourself, thinking before you post, and making connections with colleges and other students. …
By Ajea Stupart    |
These questions can help students as they begin the college search, including what are my post-secondary goals, what academic opportunities are important to me, what careers interest me, what learning environment fits me best, and what off-campus, extracurricular, and social opportunities am I interested in pursuing?…
By Meredith Clement    |
Mother and daughter using laptop together
Andrew Carter encourages parents to begin the college search process by thinking about the qualities and skills they want their son or daughter to have in order to be successful when they begin their college career and laying out these goals in a list.…
By Andrew Carter    |
How to Make a Financially Balanced College List
Learn the difference between financial need-based and merit aid and how to optimize your chances at receiving them, and consider schools with a low sticker price.…
By Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
To successfully navigate college fairs, prepare beforehand, map it out, connect with admissions representatives, and be open to new schools.…
By Meredith Clement    |
Student carrying books
Gap years often teach participants a skill, and can either require a fee or earn the participant money.…
By Sherri Geller    |
On a Waitlist? Here are 8 Action Steps
With college acceptance season in full swing, your son or daughter may be the recipient of a waitlist notification.…
By Meredith Clement    |
By Meredith Clement    |
Two female college students in locker room
Learn how a high school athlete hoping to play sports in college can communicate that interest, how recruiting works, and how athletic scholarships are awarded. …
By Reis Hagerman, Meredith Clement    |
What You Need to Know About Applying to Community College
Tips include don't wait until spring to submit your application, send a complete application packet so as to not delay your acceptance, and complete your FAFSA…
By Kimberly Odusami    |