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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.

FAQs on Borrowing Student Loans During Uncertain Times
Topics include the amount to borrow, the timing of applying, reducing loan amounts, and increasing loan amounts …
By Stephanie Wells    |
Private Student Loans vs. Federal Student Loans: What's the Difference?
Federal loans can be subsidized or unsubsidized, have an interest rate of 2.74% for the 2020-21 academic year, and tend to be more lenient with repayment. Private loans are offered by various lenders, typically have interest rates tied to credit scores, and usually are stricter with repayment.…
By Shaun Connolly    |
By Lisa Rooney    |
What You Need to Know About MEFA Loans
Get the facts including interest rates, no fees, instant application decision, multiple repayment options, set monthly payments, and expert guidance. …
By Meredith Barnhart    |
Borrowing Wisely Means Having a Plan
Before borrowing, take into consideration what you expect to make in your first job, what your loan payment will look like when you graduate, and what you estimate your other future expenses to be. …
By Lisa Rooney    |
5 Things to Know About Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
Make 120 eligible payments while working for an eligible employer, it doesn't matter what you do for a living, don't consolidate unless you are required to, submit your proof of employment annually, and don't pay more than you have to.…
By Betsy Mayotte    |
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    |
Tips include talking to your loan servicer, talking to friends, creating a budget, setting a goal, and making a plan. …
By Ajea Stupart    |
Top blogs include "Want to Win $3,000? Enter These Scholarship Contests," "What to Know About the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship," "Scholarships for Younger Ages," and "The College Search Process: College Fairs"…
By Meredith Barnhart    |
Repaying Your Federal Student Loans: 5 Facts You Should Know
Facts include that payment application is dictated by federal regulation, paying extra results in a "paid ahead" status, paying extra can save you money over time, sometimes accrued interest can capitalize, and sometimes it's okay if your payment amount is less than your accrued interest. …
By  , Betsy Mayotte    |
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