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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.

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When deciding which to prioritize, use tools to determine the cost of delaying saving for college and the interest you will save by prepaying your loan. …
By Jonathan Hughes    |
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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    |
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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    |
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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 Clement    |
How We Save for College: Tips from MEFA Team Members
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     |
Jar of coins for Back to School College Savings
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 Clement    |
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 Clement    |
The Best Tools to Help You Save for College
Resources include The College Planning Tool, College Savings Calculator, College Savings Tips, Saving for College Webinar, MEFA's U.Fund 529 College Investing Plan, and MEFA's U.Plan Prepaid Tuition Program…
By Lisa Rooney    |
How to Easily Transfer Your Tax Refund into Your 529
Transfer your funds by completing Form 8888 using your online tax software, listing the accounts into which you would like your refund deposited, and attaching the form to your federal income tax return. …
By Jonathan Hughes    |
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