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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.

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    |
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    |
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    |
5 College Admissions FAQs
Topics include how to share hobbies that are not official groups or clubs, finding full-need schools, college interviews, the cost of admissions applications, and applying to out-of-state colleges. …
By Meredith Clement    |
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    |
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    |
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    |
Tools to Help You Make Your College List
Tools include College Navigator, College Scorecard, and Net Price Calculators.…
By Jonathan Hughes    |
Three MEFA employees who have helped their own children through the college planning process provide advice on looking at schools, staying organized, keeping calm and staying balanced, applying, and paying. …
By Lauren Patten    |
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