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.

Popular Questions (and Answers!) about the FAFSA<sup>®</sup>
We answer questions including when to start the FAFSA, when to complete the FAFSA, and when deadlines are. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Woman using laptop to learn about fafsa.gov
Learn why fafsa.gov is important, when you can file the FAFSA, and how to start the form. …
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The FAFSA Has Been Sent! Now What?
Learn how to download your Student Aid Report, calculate your EFC, and complete verification. …
By Meredith Clement    |
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Foster Youth and the Pursuit of Higher Education
Learn about resources available to foster youth, how they file the FAFSA as an independent student, how they can get assistance with their FAFSA from DCF, and what scholarships and grants are available specifically for these students. …
By Tim O'Brien    |
Student Learning About the FAFSA
Our Customer Service Representative Jonathan Hughes explains that the FAFSA is and always is a free application for financial aid.…
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Dear FAFSA<sup>®</sup>, Remind Me Again… What's an Asset?
Learn how to report the current value of cash, savings accounts, and checking accounts, the net worth of investments, and the net worth of businesses and investment farms. …
By Meredith Clement    |
A FAFSA<sup>®</sup> Roadmap: Tips to Keep in Mind
Tips include utilizing the Helps and Hints section, reporting a 0 rather than leaving an answer blank, not using nicknames, and using the IRS Data Retrieval tool when possible. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Are You My Mother? Defining Parents on the FAFSA<sup>®</sup>
Review the guidelines on reporting FAFSA parental information to find out who does and does not get listed on the FAFSA. …
By Meredith Clement    |
What is the FAFSA?
Learn when the FAFSA opens, how to get an FSA ID, what information you must list on the FAFSA, and how to submit it to schools. …
By Meredith Clement    |