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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.

Tools to Help You Make Your College List
Tools include College Navigator, College Scorecard, and Net Price Calculators.…
By Jonathan Hughes    |
Are You On Track to Graduate on Time?
Tips for graduating on time include starting with a plan, not panicking, speaking up, considering finances, thinking before changing majors, and being smart about study abroad. …
By Ajea Stupart    |
A $750 college scholarship will be issued to each of the winning high schools for highest overall FAFSA completion percentage rate and most improved FAFSA completion percentage rate.…
By Jennifer Bento-Pinyoun    |
Three MEFA employees who have helped their own children through the college planning process provide advice on looking at schools, staying organized, keeping calm and staying balanced, applying, and paying. …
By Lauren Patten    |
Don't Miss These 10 Financial Aid FAQs
Topics include completing financial aid applications, getting an FSA ID, who requires the CSS Profile, applying for financial aid without a Social Security number, who should complete the financial aid applications, the affect of 529 accounts on financial aid, the financial aid timeline, EFC Calculators, and helpful websites. …
By Meredith Clement    |
What You Need to Complete Your Financial Aid Applications
Items needed include an FSA ID, a College Board username and password, a student's driver's license, a list of colleges where the student is applying, Social Security numbers, W-2 form(s), and untaxed income records. …
By Meredith Clement    |
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    |
A Tool for College Admissions: MEFA's College Application Manager
Use this tool to keep track of school names, admissions deadlines, required standardized tests (if any), required financial aid applications, financial aid deadlines, and notes.…
By Meredith Clement    |
Learn about CCA, a whole-school, four-year program led by counselors and MyCAP, an electronic process where students design an academic pathway aligned to their post-secondary plans and goals, and how these can be utilized in MEFA Pathway. …
By Lauren Patten    |
Mark Bilotta discusses his work, what drives him, the information he wants families to have, how MassEdCO delivers its services, and what success looks like to him. …
By Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
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