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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.

Steps to Finish Your College Applications
Steps include finalizing your list, getting your letters of recommendation, finishing your essay, making sure you've sent official test scores, meeting with your school counselor, and hitting submit. …
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     |
The key to standing out is writing a college essay that demonstrates your values, personality, and intellectual maturity while communicating ideas effectively with a bit of a story-telling flair. …
By Mary Rubenis    |
Financial Aid for Undocumented Students or Parents
We provide tips on how you should file the FAFSA, who you should contact at the colleges you are applying to, which loans you can borrow, and what scholarships to apply for. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Morningstar Analyst Rating upgraded to Silver for 2019 as new features improve experience for college savers. …
By Lisa Rooney    |
Learn about this national campaign that raises awareness of issues related to disability employment and highlights the contributions of workers with disabilities, as well as the the ABLE to Work Act.…
By Mary Rubenis    |
10 More Financial Aid FAQs
Question topics include work-study, other real estate, legal guardianship, savings bonds, loan interest rates, businesses, parent credit, and transgender students…
By Meredith Clement    |
7 Suggestions for College Application Essay Topics
Topics include share your cause, think about who you admire, reflect on how you've grown, talk about a challenge, describe something you love, brag a bit, and share something new. …
By Meredith Clement    |
How I'm Paying off My Student Loans, FAST!
Strategies include make a plan, think about the payoff order, prioritize, spend less, and make more. …
By Lauren Patten    |
Common Mistakes Families Make on the FAFSA
Mistakes include missing a school's deadline, putting parent info in the student section, using a nickname, forgetting to add schools, incorrectly reporting taxable grants and scholarships, leaving college-going siblings out of the household size, using the wrong Social Security number, and not using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.…
By Meredith Clement    |
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