MEFA Blog

MEFA Blog

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.

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    |
Student Creating a 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    |
A Tool for College Admissions: MEFA's College Application Manager
Use this tool to keep track of school names, admissions deadlines, required standardized tests (if any), required financial aid applications, financial aid deadlines, and notes.…
By Meredith Clement    |
Student using laptop to make a college list
Factors to consider include money, time, financial aid, if you apply early decision, if you want a specific program, if you have specific needs, and if you apply to selective colleges. …
By Lauren Patten    |
What I Learned About
Before you designate one college as your ultimate dream school, consider if it's realistic, if the school has programs you are interested in, if the school can provide you with the resources needed to succeed, if you'll be satisfied in the long run, and if it's the right financial fit. …
By Ajea Stupart    |
What is a College Applicant Portal?
A College Applicant Portal contains key, personal information for every applicant at a college and allows you to update contact information, monitor application status, upload and track documents, and view the decision on the application. …
By Andrew Carter    |
How to Work Best with Your School Counselor
Tips include know your colleges, know your deadlines, schedule appointments with your counselor, make a checklist, know your passwords, and have a resume ready. …
By Shaun Connolly    |
Senior Year College Planning Checklist
Take your standardized tests, write your essay, get your letters of recommendation, complete your applications, apply for financial aid, and select your college.…
By Marlene Sabeh    |
To ED or Not to ED, That Is the Question
We break down the differences between Early Decision (when a student agrees to submit an enrollment deposit and enroll in that school if admitted) and Early Action (when a student finds out the decision on their application earlier) and explain how to apply for each process. …
By Andrew Carter    |