MEFA Events

MEFA Events

We offer free informative webinars and virtual community events on a range of topics. To register for an upcoming webinar, click a topic below. To view a recorded webinar, please view our MEFA Videos page.

And if you're a school counselor or college administrator looking for a webinar, please visit the MEFA Institute.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced another waiver that will bring borrowers closer to forgiveness under income-driven repayment (IDR) plans and that in many ways extend the benefits of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness waiver. These adjustments to borrower accounts include conducting a one-time revision of IDR payment counters to address past inaccuracies (including automatically discharging loans for eligible borrowers) and permanently fixing IDR payment counting by reforming ED's IDR tracking procedures going forward. These adjustments also allow Parent PLUS borrowers and other federal loan borrowers to obtain credit for normally ineligible periods for the purposes of Public Service Loan Forgiveness! Join us for a discussion on this important topic with student loan expert Betsy Mayotte, President of TISLA.
Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Learn how to lock in tomorrow's tuition at today's prices with the U.Plan, Massachusetts's Prepaid Tuition Plan. This webinar will teach you how to enroll and contribute, tell you the list of participating colleges, and explain how to use the plan to guard against the increase in tuition at dozens of public and private Massachusetts colleges. Note that the U.Plan is a savings plan option best for families with a child in 10th grade or younger. Live transcription will be available.
Multiple Dates
The college search and application process can be overwhelming. This webinar will help you establish a personalized admissions road map by addressing topics such as current trends in admissions, building a balanced list of colleges, and the different components of the college application including transcripts, essays, and interviews. Live transcription will be available.
Thursday, March 02, 2023 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Scholarships can make a significant impact in helping cover college costs. In this webinar, you'll learn where to find scholarships, the best online search engines, tips for applying, and how to avoid scams. We'll also explain how scholarships fit into the larger financial aid picture. Live transcription will be available.
Multiple Dates
This webinar will provide information and clarity on the entire college financial aid application process. You'll learn about financial aid applications and types of financial aid, the factors that determine your aid eligibility, how colleges determine the amount of aid to offer, and the details of financial aid offers. Live transcription will be available.
Multiple Dates
This webinar provides valuable guidance for high school seniors who have received their college acceptance letters and financial aid offers and are trying to make the college decision. Topics include an overview of different types of financial aid, an explanation of how to calculate the balance due at each college, and methods for paying the college bill. Live transcription will be available.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
In this webinar you will hear from a panel of college admissions experts as they share their advice on how to launch a college search. Bring all your questions about the college admissions process, including those focused on campus visits, standardized tests, college fairs, and applications. Live transcription will be available.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Learn the steps to appeal a financial aid offer from a panel of college financial aid administrators. Panelists will cover how to write an appeal letter, what situations might warrant receiving additional funds, and the timeline for the process. Live transcription will be available.
Tuesday, April 04, 2023 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
It's important to stay on track with repayment of your student loans. This webinar will provide guidance for creating a budget, information on maintaining good credit, a smart plan for repayment, and helpful websites. Live transcription will be available.
Tuesday, April 04, 2023 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
This webinar, presented with Blackstone Valley Education Foundation, provides valuable guidance for high school seniors who have received their college acceptance letters and financial aid offers and are trying to make the college decision. Topics include an overview of different types of financial aid, an explanation of how to calculate the balance due at each college, and methods for paying the college bill. Live transcription will be available.