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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    |
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    |
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    |
Researching Colleges When You Can't Visit Campus
Tips including asking questions about the school, such as how many students make it to graduation and how many other students are in the major you are interested in, and understanding the truth on college myths, such as needing to decide on a major before getting to college. …
By Dr. Tim Poynton, Richard Lapan    |
Perspectives on IEPs and College Admissions
Learn if you have to disclose that your student is on an IEP, if it's a good idea to tell a college during the admissions process that your student is on an IEP, when you should let a college know about an IEP, and how to learn about support for students with IEPs. …
By Jonathan Hughes    |
Early and Rolling and Regular…Oh My! Breaking Down the Different College Application Processes
Learn what it means to apply Early Decision (ED), Early Decision II, Early Action (EA), Restrictive Early Action (REA), Single Choice Early Action (SCEA), Rolling Admission, and Regular Decision. …
By Lauren Patten    |
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    |
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    |
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