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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.

5 Ways to Save on New England College Costs
Options include MassTransfer/Commonwealth Commitment, Tuition Break, University of Maine Flagship Match Scholarship Program, UMass Lowell Accelerated Degrees, and Clark University Accelerated BA/Master's.…
By Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
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    |
6 Ways to Make College Less Expensive
Tips include start saving, look for scholarships early, earn college credits in high school, consider community college, attend college online, and apply for financial aid. …
By Meredith Clement    |
A recent survey asked Generation Z how they plan to pay for college, including topics such as considering cost, career plans, family conversations, saving for college, and borrowing wisely. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Borrowing Wisely Means Having a Plan
Before borrowing, take into consideration what you expect to make in your first job, what your loan payment will look like when you graduate, and what you estimate your other future expenses to be. …
By Lisa Rooney    |
How Much Will I Need for Non-Billed College Expenses?
We break down the most common examples, including books, laptop, travel, dorm needs, parking fees, and food and beverage. …
By Lauren Patten    |
Determine each school's total cost including billed and unbilled expenses, determine each school's net cost including grants and scholarships, and determine any future year net cost changes by speaking to the financial aid office. …
By Lauren Patten    |
Why the Cost of College Isn't as High as You Think
Learn how financial aid can significantly lower a college's price tag.…
By Jonathan Hughes    |
Word of the Day Wednesday: Cost of Attendance
Learn the components that make up the cost of attendance including tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, personal expenses, and transportation. …
By Martha Savery    |
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