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.

Reporting Income on Financial Aid Applications
We speak with a Director of Student Financial Services to learn what income gets reported, what happens if income changes due to a job loss, how to report income if you're self-employed, and what happens if you withdraw funds from a retirement account. …
By Susan Beard    |
Defining Assets on Financial Aid Applications
Learn what assets you don't have to report on the FAFSA (primary home, retirement savings, life insurance, a small family business) as well as what assets you do have to report (savings and checking accounts, investments, other property owned), as well as details on what to report on the CSS Profile. …
By Jonathan Hughes    |
Applying for Financial Aid Checklist
Research each school's financial aid requirements and deadlines, submit the FAFSA and other required applications, such as the CSS Profile or institutional form, and complete Verification if selected…
By Amy Staffier    |
By Meredith Clement    |
Key Answers to Your CSS Profile<sup>TM</sup> Questions
Questions include if you need to complete both the CSS Profile and the FAFSA, how to update your application, who completes the profile, and what is IDOC. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Are You Asking These FAFSA Questions?
Questions include how do separated and divorced families complete the FAFSA?, what's an asset?, is unemployment reported on the FAFSA? And can I receive both unemployment and financial aid?, do I need to report my business on the FAFSA?, and will filling out the FAFSA gives us loans?…
By Meredith Clement    |
By Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
If you're in the thick of the college financial aid process, you may be requested to submit your tax documents via IDOC, a service used by colleges and universities across the country.…
By Meredith Clement    |
Tips for Completing the CSS Profile<sup>TM</sup>
Tips include preparing, knowing your deadlines, understanding whats different, sharing your special circumstances, and knowing when to get help.…
By Meredith Clement    |
Your Guide for Financial Aid Help
Learn where and how to get help for the FAFSA and CSS Profile, and how MEFA can assist you with the financial aid process. …
By Meredith Clement    |