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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.

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Learn if there are considerations for parents over 65 years of age, if there is a cost of living adjustment based on geography, if child support is considered income on the FAFSA, and more.…
By Meredith Clement    |
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Resources include the FAFSA Festival, Mass.gov/financialaid, MassEdCo, MEFA's Understanding the FAFSA webinar, and Federal Student Aid's videos. …
By Meredith Clement    |
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Learn about the modifications to the FASFA, including reducing the number of questions, modifying the treatment of families with more than one child in college, and changing the name of the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to the Student Aid Index (SAI). …
By Elizabeth Fontaine    |
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Learn about college opportunities, including scholarships and financial aid, for undocumented students.…
By Andrea Keenan    |
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Questions include does applying for financial aid hurt my chances for admission, what if my parents don't have an SSN, and how do I fill out the FAFSA when my parents are divorced? …
By Meredith Clement    |
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Learn how to report joint accounts, what to do if a parent is also in school, how schools consider your cost of living, and when to submit financial aid applications. …
By Meredith Clement    |
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Tips include apply on time, submit the correct applications, updated your colleges with changes, comply with Verification, and submit separate applications for merit aid…
By Meredith Clement    |
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Topics include defining the EFC, the EFC formula, EFC location, and multiple EFCs.…
By Meredith Clement    |
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Learn how the process works for twins, which 529 plans to report, who should be the custodial parent, how to include special circumstances, and more. …
By Meredith Clement    |
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Winners include Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School, Central Catholic High School, and Brockton High School. …
By Jan Combs    |
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