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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.

Student using laptop to learn how to add schools to the FAFSA
To add schools to your FAFSA, log in to the application, navigate to the School Selection tab, add new colleges to your list while making sure to remove any existing schools if necessary, and submit the application again. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Parent learning about the CSS Profile
Learn all about the CSS Profile including what the CBFinAid ID is, how to add schools after submitting, how to correct mistakes, how to report 529 accounts, if you need to include COVID stimulus check payments, and more. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Student using laptop to learn when to complete financial aid applications
Learn how to find out when your financial aid applications, such as the FAFSA and CSS Profile, are due and why you should complete them as soon as possible once they are available. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Woman learning about the FAFSA
Learn what the FAFSA is, how you apply, when it's due, if there are income limits, how to make corrections, and more. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Father and daughter using computer to learn  about financial aid
Learn what the financial applications are, when to send the FAFSA to colleges, if independent students get more aid, if aid is available for international students, and when you will receive your financial aid. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Girl hugging her parents
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    |
Student using tablet in cafeteria
Resources include the FAFSA Festival, Mass.gov/financialaid, MassEdCo, MEFA's Understanding the FAFSA webinar, and Federal Student Aid's videos. …
By Meredith Clement    |
Man reviewing papers in kitchen
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    |
Counselor working with student
Learn about college opportunities, including scholarships and financial aid, for undocumented students.…
By Andrea Keenan    |
Student using laptop
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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