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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.

College Admissions in a Year of Uncertainty
A Senior Associate Director of Admissions answers questions including how admissions offices handle missed or swapped classes, how students can be the best applicants, and how this year's deferrals may impact next year's admissions. …
By Andrew Carter    |
Virtual College Visits
Learn about virtual campus tours, virtual information sessions, video chat admission interviews, and other virtual offerings at places including Bennington College, Northeastern University, Salem State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Syracuse University. …
By Mary Rubenis    |
What are My Alternatives to a 4-Year College?
Options include community college, trade schools, technology programs, and gap years. …
By Mary Rubenis    |
Planning for College with First-Gen Students
Three first-generation college students share how they chose a college, what they're most looking forward to in college, how COVID-19 has changed their process, and advice for other first-generation college students. …
By Ajea Stupart    |
Students in Grades 9-10: Here's How to Plan for College While at Home
Suggestions include preparing to take the PSAT, taking virtual college tours, determining classes you need to take, finding out GPA requirements for colleges, chatting with others about their college experience, and talking to your parents about college financing.…
By Shaun Connolly    |
Why You Might Be Interested in JROTC Even If You Don't Want to Join the Military
Learn about JROTC, how it got started, what kinds of classes students take in the program, and how the skills you learn can assist you even if you don't plan on joining the military. …
By Jonathan Hughes    |
Using Social Media to Research and Connect with Colleges
Social media can be great for research, connecting with admitted students, and getting an authentic glimpse of campus life, but it's important to consider privacy and appropriateness as well. …
By Sara Calvert-Kubrom    |
The What, When, and Who of SAT Subject Tests
Learn what they are, when they are offered, when students should take them, and who should take them.…
By Lisa Albro    |
Making Your College Decision in the Landscape of 2020
MEFA offers resources to help including increased webinar offerings, one-on-one appointments with a College Planning Team member, guidance via social media, and articles, videos, calculators, timelines, and blog posts on our website. …
By Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
The Reason Not to Double Deposit
This practice is unethical because it's deceitful, it's unfair to the college, and it's unfair to other applicants, especially those who are on the waitlist. …
By Lauren Patten    |
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