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.

Tuesday, December 06, 2022 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
This webinar, presented by Dr. Mike Janicki, Ed.D, School Counselor at Old Rochester Regional High School, will discuss athletics in college admissions. Topics will include sports divisions, eligibility, the college search process, and issue to consider. Live transcription will be available.
Wednesday, December 07, 2022 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
This webinar is for parents with children in middle school and above and will describe information and resources that families can use to put a college savings plan in place, as well as what tools students and parents should consider when beginning the college search. We will address the questions of how best to save for college, how savings impacts financial aid, where and how to begin the college search, and what role cost plays in the college decision. Live transcription will be available.
Monday, December 12, 2022 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
A pesar de los muchos obstáculos que enfrentan para ir a la universidad, los estudiantes indocumentados pueden acceder a la educación superior. En este seminario web presentado en español por Andrea Keenan de Excel Academy Charter High School se explicarán las reglas más recientes de inmigración, así como los estados migratorios elegibles y no elegibles para la Ayuda Federal al Estudiante. También se examinará el proceso de solicitud de DACA (Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia o Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, en inglés) de 2012 y sus beneficios. Se explicarán las normas de admisión a las universidades públicas y privadas, y cómo maximizar los créditos y el tiempo para los estudiantes con DACA e indocumentados aprovechando las oportunidades de inscripción doble y simultánea en diferentes estados, escuelas secundarias y colegios universitarios municipales. Se compartirán recursos de becas y vínculos directos a organizaciones estatales y nacionales que están a la vanguardia de este tema tan debatido.
Thursday, December 15, 2022 | 9:00am - 10:30am
We all know that college is a significant expense for students and their families. But there are so many action steps that students can take, starting as early as middle school, to help them reduce their postsecondary costs and make the best financial decision for themselves and their family. Within this MassEdCO Fall Forum, an expert panel will walk through the college planning process from middle school through college graduation and touch on the critical decision points for students and how to navigate them wisely. Panelists will discuss using career aspirations to help inform college selection, which data is truly important in the college search, key programs that lower college costs, navigating college spending and budgeting, loans, and so much more. Panelists include Mark Bilotta, CEO of MassEdCO, Apelila Joseph, MEFA Pathway Program Manager, Ebony Marsala, Director of Financial Aid at Boston College, Tim Poynton, Associate Professor at UMass Boston, and Bill Smith, Assistant Vice President of Student Financial Assistance at Stonehill College. Live transcription will be available.
Multiple Dates
Children will hear stories, families will learn about reading at home and upcoming virtual library activities, and parents will leave with information about saving for college.
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, 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.
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 key scholarship facts, how to use online search engines to find scholarships, and plenty of helpful tips to use in your search. You'll also learn 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.