MEFA & MASFAA: A Longstanding Partnership
As we reach November each year, thoughts turn to autumn foliage, cooler temperatures and planning the Thanksgiving menu. It's also the time of year when financial aid professionals from across the Commonwealth gather for the annual MASFAA (Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) Conference. Beyond the great professional development opportunities and sessions, my favorite part of the conference is running into one familiar friendly face after another.
At MEFA, many of us have "grown up" together attending MASFAA conferences and we have developed longstanding friendships and professional networks with fellow MASFAA members who work across colleges, lending institutions and other non-profit organizations.
MEFA-ites have volunteered for various MASFAA committees and leadership positions over the years. From working on Early Awareness and Government Relations committees, to heading up FAFSA® Day, and even teaching MASFAA newbies the basics of financial aid through 'Just The Facts', we have been able to further MEFA's and MASFAA's missions simultaneously. This shared commitment to helping others has also helped to create a multitude of professional growth and development opportunities.
MASFAA members from all different types of institutions volunteer at hundreds of MEFA seminars each year to help families understand the financial aid process. With the help of over 50 (and counting!) volunteers, MEFA is able to provide these seminars to over 20,000 Massachusetts families each year. We are grateful for all of the MASFAA members that drive to high schools during the cold winter season to provide guidance to families on behalf of MEFA and their own institutions. So, as we prepare to sit down with loved ones for a Thanksgiving feast of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, MEFA would like to take a moment and give thanks for our partnership with MASFAA!