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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.

Early and Rolling and Regular…Oh My! Breaking Down the Different College Application Processes
Learn what it means to apply Early Decision (ED), Early Decision II, Early Action (EA), Restrictive Early Action (REA), Single Choice Early Action (SCEA), Rolling Admission, and Regular Decision. …
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    |
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 Barnhart    |
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 Barnhart    |
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 Barnhart    |
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 Barnhart    |
5 Tips on Completing the Common Application
Learn how to complete the additional information section, activities section, and university member page. …
By Meredith Barnhart    |
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