College Savings

The Best Tools to Help You Save for College

Resources include The College Planning Tool, College Savings Calculator, College Savings Tips, Saving for College Webinar, MEFA's U.Fund 529 College Investing Plan, and MEFA's U.Plan Prepaid Tuition Program
A family saving for college with a piggy bank

At MEFA, we try to take advantage of any opportunity to share the many reasons why families should consider saving for college. It's one of the most important things you can do with your money, and setting aside any amount in a designated account will help reduce the need to borrow for college later on.

The great thing about saving for college is that there's no "right" way to do it, as long as you have a plan. MEFA's tools and resources, some of which are listed below, were developed to help families do just that. We recommend you use these tools and resources as your family develops a plan for funding future college costs.

  1. College Planning Tool: Create a personalized college savings strategy for each child in your family. You'll record your current college savings information, project your future college costs, and receive guidance on creating a college savings plan that works for your family.
  2. College Savings Calculator: Use this to help you determine your monthly savings amount. By selecting your child's age, and entering how much you plan to save each month, you'll get an estimate of how much you will have saved (with interest) when your child turns 18 years old.
  3. College Savings Tips: Find ways you can fit saving for college into your monthly budget and make progress towards your goals.
  4. Saving for College Webinar: This pre-recorded webinar will walk through all the information and resources that you can use to put a college savings plan in place.
  5. MEFA U.Fund 529 College Investing Plan: Easy to open with no minimum balance required, the U.Fund, Massachusetts' 529 college savings plan, allows you to choose how your money is invested, can be used at any accredited college or university, and has powerful tax advantages.
  6. MEFA U.Plan Prepaid Tuition Program: Lock in today's tuition and mandatory fee rates at over 70 public and private colleges and universities in Massachusetts by saving in the U.Plan. And if your child decides not to attend a participating school, you'll receive your investment back, with interest and no penalty.

Join us in celebrating saving for college! And if you have any questions about saving for college, reach out to us at or by calling (800) 449-6332.