5 Facts About Federal Student Loans

Facts include you must complete a process called Entrance Counseling, The Master Promissory Note (MPN) is a legal document that must be signed by the loan borrower, only the student is the sole borrower, there are origination fees and both annual and lifetime amounts, and you have multiple repayment options.  Read More

Need to Make Sense of Your Financial Aid? Use This Calculator

To use this calculator, enter the cost of up to four schools, the gift aid you received from each school, the amount you received in Federal Direct Loans, and any other resources that will help you pay for college to see how much you will owe at each school.  Read More

Answering Your Top Questions about Financial Aid Awards

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.  Read More

Financial Aid for International Students

We explain how international students can complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile, where they can search for scholarships, which loan options are available to them, and what type of schools can provide the most financial aid for them.  Read More

Can I Ask a Financial Aid Office for More Money?

We asked financial aid administrators at three different Massachusetts colleges how they would respond if a perspective student appealed for more financial aid. Answers ranged from not matching another school’s offer to potentially granting more moderate requests.  Read More

Understanding Student Loan Refunds

We talk with an Assistant Director of Student Financial Services to discuss what a student loan refund is, what the process is like for requesting one, how long the process takes, and how the refund is credited.  Read More

Applying for Financial Aid with International Parents

If parents are U.S. citizens living abroad, they can still create an FSA ID, but will need to convert income and assets into U.S. dollars. If parents are not U.S. citizens, they will not be able to create an FSA ID and will need to print out the signature page and mail it to the address indicated.  Read More

MEFA News

Big Changes Coming to the MEFA U.Plan

The U.Plan Prepaid Tuition Program has gotten even better in 2019 with new enhancements such as year-round savings capabilities and online account access.

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