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.

Mother and daughter using laptop together
Andrew Carter encourages parents to begin the college search process by thinking about the qualities and skills they want their son or daughter to have in order to be successful when they begin their college career and laying out these goals in a list.…
By Andrew Carter    |
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    |
Students using laptop
Use the College Scorecard to learn about a school's student body, cost, financial aid, student debt figures, average annual cost, graduation rate, and salary of alumni.…
By Meredith Clement    |
Students using computers to visit MEFA Pathway
Learn how to use the Match Me and Search Colleges features in MEFA Pathway to help students build their college lists. …
By Jennifer Bento-Pinyoun    |
Father and daughter using computer
Get involved by letting your child know you care, reminding them that it is their search process, helping them see past the marketing, and researching financing options and post-graduation outcomes. …
By Andrew Carter    |
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    |