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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.

A Different Kind of College Search
Learn about Colleges That Change Lives and how they help students tackle the college admissions process by focusing on criteria important to each student, all types of institutions, and the skill set employers look for in young employees.…
By Lauren Patten    |
Understanding the Difference Between Weighted and Unweighted GPAs
Learn about what it means to have a weighted GPA, how colleges recalculate applicants' GPAs, and what college admissions offices are looking for when it comes to course rigor.…
By Lauren Patten    |
Finding Scholarships with Fastweb
Learn what Fastweb is, how it got started, what sets it apart from other online scholarship platforms, how students can apply for scholarships, and examples of past success stories. …
By Lauren Patten    |
Scholarships with April Deadlines
Scholarships include Horatio Alger Career and Technical Scholarship, Pretty Lightroom Presets Scholarship, We The Students Essay Contest, Signet Essay Contest, Ortho Dermatologics ASPIRE HIGHER Scholarship, Kim Beneschott Creative Arts Scholarship, Crossword Hobbyist Crossword Scholarship, and RentHop's College and University Scholarship Program. …
By Meredith Barnhart    |
Tax Incentives That Help Build ABLE Savings
Incentives include The Saver's Credit, The Earned Income Tax Credit, Contributions from a Trust, and the ABLE to Work Act. …
By Mary Rubenis    |
Understanding the Admissions Decision Beyond the Application
Learn about the holistic approach to college admissions, the benefits for the institution and the student, how students can see if a school will actually be a good fit, and how to maximize your chances of getting in.…
By Jonathan Sparling    |
Navigating the Emotions of Applying to College
A counselor shares why this is an important topic, what she is hearing from students, how she helps her students navigate this and find additional colleges, how she motivates students, tricky situations she encounters, and what parents can do to help. …
By Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
Finding Scholarships with Bold.org
Learn what bold.org is, what sets it apart from other online scholarship platforms, how it got started, how students can apply for scholarships, and how students have been successful in the past. …
By Lauren Patten    |
What's the Difference Between a College and a University?
Differences include size, the inclusion of smaller colleges, types of degrees, and programs offered. …
By Lauren Patten    |
Tax Forms Related to Higher Education
We offer guidance on the 1098-T, 1098-E, 1099-DIV for U.Plan, and 1099-Q. …
By Meredith Barnhart    |
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