Paying the College Bill Seminars Available Statewide and Online

Contact:
Martha Savery, Director of Public Affairs
msavery@mefa.org
617.224.4813

BOSTON – College-bound high school seniors and their parents are facing critical decisions in the coming weeks as they compare financial aid award letters and decide which school to attend. To assist families in analyzing financial aid offers, expert guidance is available through the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA), the state’s authority on planning, saving, and paying for college.
In March and April, while seniors and parents are considering their options, MEFA provides many college-planning resources including a series of evening seminars across the state, one-on-one counseling with MEFA experts, and online resources at mefa.org, including webinars, video tutorials, and a college cost calculator.

“Deciding which financial aid offer is the best choice for the family can play a critical role in determining which college to attend. MEFA’s college planning experts are available to assist Massachusetts parents and students with information and guidance they can trust as they make the right decision for the family,” said Martha Savery, Director of Public Affairs and Communications for MEFA.

College-bound seniors and parents are invited to attend any of the Paying the College Bill seminars being held at 19 high schools across the state in March and early April. The seminars will help parents and students compare college financial aid awards and develop a plan to pay the balance due at each school. A list of seminar times and locations is below and available at mefa.org/events. Families unable to attend a seminar are encouraged to visit mefa.org to take advantage of MEFA’s many online resources and to call and speak to MEFA’s college planning experts at (800) 449-MEFA (6332).

MEFA’s Paying the College Bill seminars are at 19 locations statewide in March and April.

Wednesday, March 22
7 p.m.
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
36 Charter Road, Acton

Thursday, March 23, 2017
6 p.m.
Taunton High School
50 Williams Street, Taunton

Monday, March 27, 2017
6 p.m.
Barnstable High School
744 West Main Street, Hyannis

7 p.m.
Brookline High School
115 Greenough Street, Brookline

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Shrewsbury High School Auditorium
64 Holden Street, Shrewsbury

6:30pm
Whitman-Hanson Regional High School
600 Franklin Street, Whitman

7 p.m.
Natick High School
15 West Street, Natick

7 p.m.
Phillips Academy Andover
180 Main Street, Andover

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:30pm
Boston Latin School
78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
6 p.m.
Revere High School
101 School St, Revere

6:30 p.m.
Newton North High School
457 Walnut Street, Newton

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Longmeadow High School
95 Grassy Gutter Road, Longmeadow

Thursday, April 6, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Boston College High School
150 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester

7 p.m.
Amherst Regional High School
21 Mattoon Street, Amherst

7 p.m.
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
215 Fitchburg Street, Marlborough

Monday, April 10, 2017
6:30pm (seminars in English and Spanish)
Salem High School
77 Wilson Street, Salem

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
6 p.m.
North Attleborough High School
1 Wilson Whitty Way, North Attleborough

6:00 pm (seminars in English and Spanish)
Chelsea High School
299 Everett Avenue, Chelsea

7 p.m.
Plymouth North High School
41 Obery Street, Plymouth

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The Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) was created in 1982 by the state legislature at the request of Massachusetts colleges and universities to make higher education more accessible and affordable for students and families. The extensive community education programs and online resources offered by MEFA provide families guidance on saving, planning and paying for college. Throughout its over 30-year history, MEFA has assisted hundreds of thousands of families in financing the dream of a college education. MEFA is a not-for-profit self-financing state authority, not reliant on state or federal appropriation. Visit mefa.org to learn more or follow MEFA on Twitter @mefatweets and on Facebook at mefaMA.