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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.

Planning for College with First-Gen Students
Three first-generation college students share how they chose a college, what they're most looking forward to in college, how COVID-19 has changed their process, and advice for other first-generation college students. …
By Ajea Stupart    |
Researching Colleges When You Can't Visit Campus
Tips including asking questions about the school, such as how many students make it to graduation and how many other students are in the major you are interested in, and debunking college myths such as needing to decide on a major before getting to college and there only being one right college. …
By Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
Appealing Your Financial Aid Offer During COVID-19
Experts explain how to appeal, who should appeal, how colleges are handling appeals, if you can submit deposits at more than one school, and what deferment might mean for aid. …
By Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
Making Your College Decision in the Landscape of 2020
MEFA offers resources to help including increased webinar offerings, one-on-one appointments with a College Planning Team member, guidance via social media, and articles, videos, calculators, timelines, and blog posts on our website. …
By Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
The Reason Not to Double Deposit
This practice is unethical because it's deceitful, it's unfair to the college, and it's unfair to other applicants, especially those who are on the waitlist. …
By Lauren Patten    |
What I Learned About
Before you designate one college as your ultimate dream school, consider if it's realistic, if the school has programs you are interested in, if the school can provide you with the resources needed to succeed, if you'll be satisfied in the long run, and if it's the right financial fit. …
By Ajea Stupart    |
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