As part of our public service outreach, MEFA offers free training for school counselors that is aligned with MASCA’s MA Model and the Massachusetts Career Development Education (CDE) Benchmarks. These events — which include in-person trainings, webinars, and professional conference seminars — can be incorporated into your comprehensive school counseling program.

PDP Certification

MEFA is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide Professional Development Points (PDP) to school counselors. Read more about our PDP policy.

Financial Aid Training

Every year, MEFA offers free, in-person financial aid trainings for Massachusetts school counselors and college access professionals. The financial aid training is worth five Professional Development Points (PDPs) and is held 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Our 2020 trainings will include both a beginner and advanced financial aid overview, information on the Commonwealth’s financial aid resources, and a panel discussion from financial aid professionals. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served, and a campus tour by the host institution will be available at the conclusion of the training for school counselors. Sessions will be held in August and October and more details will be provided in Spring 2020.

School Counselor Webinar Series

You can earn more PDPs by attending live MEFA webinars or watching recorded ones on timely college planning topics and completing an Evidence of Learning Form (worth one PDP) for each webinar. We will have new live webinars starting in September 2020.

Upcoming Live School Counselor MEFA Pathway Webinars

We have several webinars scheduled for the 2019-20 academic year focused on our free college and career planning portal, MEFA Pathway. Check our events page here to review and register for those webinars.

Recorded School Counselor Webinars

Recorded MEFA Pathway Webinars

Industry Partners

MEFA provides financial aid overviews and sessions on special topics at the annual conferences of several industry partners:

If you attend a conference of any of the associations listed above, please be sure to stop by our booth to pick up materials to share with your families.

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