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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.

What #529Day Taught Us
Learn about the highlights from our 529 Day celebration and the takeaways including how much is distrusted from U.Fund accounts, how savings can increase flexibility, and tax benefits of 529 accounts. …
By Ajea Stupart    |
Saving for College in Uncertain Times
We explain why it is still important to save for college if you have the ability to do so, how the market has reacted in the past to similar situations, and other ways to save for college that are not subject to market fluctuation. …
By Jonathan Hughes    |
The SECURE Act Expands Use of 529 Plans
The Act allows 529 distributions to pay back student loans and may give grandparents a new way to take advantage of their savings. …
By Jonathan Hughes    |
Tips from our partners include creative ideas that can help your child earn money, gardening tips, ideas on how to save during back-to-school season, tips on encouraging college gifting from family and friends, and inexpensive ways to spend time with family. …
By Meredith Barnhart    |
Tips include using a college savings account, starting small, involving your children in the process, taking advantage of gifting, setting up automatic deposits, and diversifying your investments. …
By MEFA     |
Tips include using daycare money, getting your child involved, selling Halloween costumes, encouraging college gifting, planning meals, having a yard sale, and selling gift cards. …
By Meredith Barnhart    |
Roadmap For Their Future features tips including asking "What do you want to be when you grow up?" at different ages, starting a "What I Want To Be" book, creating an achievement board to celebrate areas of success, taking children to college events, and teaching your child about budgeting.…
By Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
Flexible College Savings with the U.Plan
With the U.Plan, if you don't attend a participating college or university, you'll still receive your savings back plus interest calculated at CPI with no penalty or taxes due on earnings…
By Meredith Barnhart    |
Resources include The College Planning Tool, College Savings Estimator, College Savings Tips, Saving for College Webinar, and MEFA U.Fund 529 College Investing Plan …
By Lisa Rooney    |
All U.Plan savers now have the opportunity to manage their account online, where you can add to your savings, set up automatic deposits, request a disbursement, view your U.Plan Statement, open a new account for another Beneficiary, and change your address, phone number, email address, etc.…
By Lauren Patten    |
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