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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 CARES Act
Assistance to students includes help if a student withdraws from college due to COVID, suspension of payments and interest on Federal Direct Student Loans and FFELP Loans, and suspension of wage garnishment. …
By Meredith Clement    |
3 College Programs in Massachusetts for Students with Disabilities
Learn about Curry College's Program for Advancement of Learning, Dean College's Arch Learning Community, and Westfield State's Learning Disabilities Program. …
By Mary Rubenis    |
College in the Time of COVID: Your Spring Semester Plan
Steps include determining your course load, deciding on housing, choosing a meal plan, and making a plan to pay the college bill. …
By Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
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. …
By Jonathan Hughes    |
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    |
Ways to Reduce College Costs
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 Mark Bilotta    |
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    |
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