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.

Student using laptop to learn how to apply to college
Learn how many colleges to apply to, how to write the college essay, when college applications are due, how to create a resume, how to find colleges with no application fees, and when to apply for college. …
By Meredith Clement    |
College campus
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    |
Students laughing outside
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    |
Students wearing masks on campus
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    |
Father helping young son walk
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    |
Student using laptop
Tips include setting up your space, scheduling study time, planning meals, connecting with others, and engaging with professors. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Student studying on campus quad
A student who just finished her freshman year gives social, logistical, roommate, and mindset advice. …
By Alison Rutyna    |
Student in dorm room
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    |
College campus
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    |