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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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Prepayments will now count as a qualifying payment, lump sum payments will now count for as many qualifying payments as they cover, and borrowers must now complete only one form to apply for loan forgiveness. …
By Shaun Connolly    |
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Learn about common tactics scammers use, how to identify a scam, how to report a scam, and what to do if you've responded to a scammer. …
By Lisa Rooney    |
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Tips include finding scholarships, renting textbooks, participating in MassTransfer, taking advantage of employer loan repayment, and making your minimum loan payment. …
By Mary Rubenis    |
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Topics include the amount to borrow, the timing of applying, reducing loan amounts, and increasing loan amounts …
By Stephanie Wells    |
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Questions include how do I get the Federal Direct Student Loan, how do lenders decide on the interest rate they offer each borrower, how do we pay a loan's origination fee, and how long does it usually take for a student loan application to process.…
By Meredith Clement    |
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Learn what you need to know when comparing private loan options and the steps for applying once you have decided on a lender, including visiting the lender's website, completing the application, selecting your loan, and signing the Loan Agreement with your co-borrower. …
By Shaun Connolly    |
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Terms include Interest Rate, Annual Percentage Rate (APR), Repayment Term, Application and Solicitation Disclosure, and Co-Borrower. …
By Jonathan Sparling    |
How I'm Paying off My Student Loans, FAST!
Strategies include make a plan, think about the payoff order, prioritize, spend less, and make more. …
By Lauren Patten    |
What to Know About Student Loan Debt Relief Scams
We interview the Assistant General Counsel at the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority about how debt relief scams work, what the end goal of the scammers is, and how borrowers can protect themselves from scams. …
By Jonathan Sparling    |
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    |
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