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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.

Students comparing college lists
Consider attributes you want in a school, majors you are interested in, and current GPA and test scores when building your college list. …
By Shaun Connolly    |
Steps to Finish Your College Applications
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 Clement    |
Tools to Help You Make Your College List
Tools include College Navigator, College Scorecard, and Net Price Calculators.…
By Jonathan Hughes    |
Student using laptop to make a college list
Factors to consider include money, time, financial aid, if you apply early decision, if you want a specific program, if you have specific needs, and if you apply to selective colleges. …
By Lauren Patten    |
Learn how to use the MEFA Pathway College Compare tool to compare schools on features such as size, setting, graduation rate, in-state vs. out-of-state tuition, total cost of attendance, and GPA of incoming freshmen. …
By Jennifer Bento-Pinyoun    |
How to Make a Financially Balanced College List
Learn the difference between financial need-based and merit aid and how to optimize your chances at receiving them, and consider schools with a low sticker price.…
By Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
College campus exterior in the fall
Place college costs in the context of your other important financial life decisions, determine your parameters of college affordability by compiling key financial information, and understand how financial aid works differently at various colleges. …
By Bill McMurray    |
By Meredith Clement    |
How Does Your College List Measure Up?
Learn how to create a balanced college list by focusing on likability, affordability and admissibility. …
By Myra Ross    |
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