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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.

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is and Isn't Affecting College Savings in Massachusetts
Learn how Massachusetts families are reaching their savings goals, making college savings a priority, saving in 529s, and being affected by COVID-19. …
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9 Tips for Success as College Goes Online
Tips include setting up your space, scheduling study time, planning meals, connecting with others, and engaging with professors. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Advice to Incoming First-Year College Students
A student who just finished her freshman year gives social, logistical, roommate, and mindset advice. …
By Alison Rutyna    |
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    |
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    |
Reduce costs by taking Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, utilizing the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Prometric’s DSST exams, registering for classes as soon as possible, and thinking carefully before changing your major. …
By Lauren Patten    |
Are You On Track to Graduate on Time?
Tips for graduating on time include starting with a plan, not panicking, speaking up, considering finances, thinking before changing majors, and being smart about study abroad. …
By Ajea Stupart    |
What to Do When You're Feeling Blue?
Learn about what to do if you're a student experiencing depression, including talking to someone at the college health center, establishing a line of communication, being aware of your limits, connecting with a support group, taking care of yourself physically, and making time for fun activities. …
By Jennifer Bento-Pinyoun    |
Staying On Track to Attend College This Fall
Our tips for avoiding summer melt include heading to campus, staying connected, utilizing texting services, remaining diligent, talking it out, and having family meetings. …
By Ajea Stupart    |
The College Navigator Program offered through Easter Seals helps to connect students with a disability to an individual to help them with things like classwork organization and timelines, finding resources on campus, or processing social relationships and conflicts.…
By Mary Rubenis    |
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