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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.

What to Do With COVID-19 Room and Board Refunds
If you used funds from a 529 account to pay for these expenses, the deadline to deposit these funds back into a 529 account without paying income taxes on the funds has been extended.…
By Jonathan Hughes    |
Saving for College in Uncertain Times
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    |
The SECURE Act Expands Use of 529 Plans
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    |
84% of parents say they would welcome a contribution towards their child's college education over a traditional gift. However, only 33% of parents have actually mentioned this idea to their family and friends.…
By Lisa Rooney    |
College Savings Accounts and Financial Aid
We answer frequently asked questions including does a student get ignored for financial aid if the family has a college savings account, how does a college savings account affect my eligibility for financial aid, will the financial aid amount change once the school learns of my college savings account, and what happens if my grandparents save for my college? …
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     |
Morningstar Analyst Rating upgraded to Silver for 2019 as new features improve experience for college savers. …
By Lisa Rooney    |
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    |
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    |
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, and MEFA U.Fund 529 College Investing Plan …
By Lisa Rooney    |
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