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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.

We discuss work study, the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, how scholarships affect financial aid, subsidized vs unsubsidized loans, Federal Direct Loan limits and interest rates, MA state aid, and how to use your college savings funds. …
By Meredith Barnhart    |
Applying for Financial Aid with International Parents
If parents are U.S. citizens living abroad, they can still create an FSA ID, but will need to convert income and assets into U.S. dollars. If parents are not U.S. citizens, they will not be able to create an FSA ID and will need to print out the signature page and mail it to the address indicated. …
By Jonathan Hughes    |
Learn how to file the FAFSA (where only the custodial parent will provide information), how to file the CSS Profile (where both custodial and noncustodial parents usually provide information), and what to do if the noncustodial parent is not available. …
By Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
Topics include financial aid applications, application deadlines, where to find information, merit-based aid, financial aid types, verification, and what happens after students apply…
By Ajea Stupart    |
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 Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
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    |
Winner of the highest overall FAFSA completion goes to Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School and City on a Hill Charter Public School. Winner of the Most Improved FAFSA completion rate goes to Lawrence High School Campus. …
By Jennifer Bento-Pinyoun    |
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 Meredith Barnhart    |
Counselors can learn about the FAFSA Completion Tool, what it shows you, how to use and access it, and how this tool can help you take school-wide action when it comes to getting students to complete the FAFSA. …
By Meredith Barnhart    |
By Meredith Barnhart    |
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