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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.

Our Latest FAFSA Questions
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    |
Another Round of Financial Aid FAQs
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    |
How to Maximize Financial Aid
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    |
Understanding Your EFC
Topics include defining the EFC, the EFC formula, EFC location, and multiple EFCs.…
By Meredith Clement    |
Applying for Financial Aid FAQs
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    |
FAFSA Day MA Challenge Scholarship Winners for 2019-20
Winners include Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School, Central Catholic High School, and Brockton High School. …
By Jan Combs    |
Appealing Your Financial Aid Offer During COVID-19
Experts explain how to appeal, who should appeal, how colleges are handling appeals, if you can submit deposits at more than one school, and what deferment might mean for aid. …
By Julie Shields-Rutyna    |
What We Learned About College Affordability: A Twitter Chat Recap
Read what we learned about creating a financial plan, financial aid options, financial planning, financial aid timelines, and staying on top of payments throughout college. …
By Ajea Stupart    |
Our Best Blogs of 2019 by Category
Categories include Saving for College, Planning for College, College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Paying for College, and College Life.…
By Meredith Clement    |
What is the Effect of Retirement Savings on Financial Aid?
Retirement savings are not reported on the FAFSA, but they are reported on the CSS Profile, meaning they could potentially affect your financial aid award at certain schools. …
By Lauren Patten    |
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