To deliver essential college planning information to families across Massachusetts, MEFA coordinates with high schools and community-based organizations to provide more than 500 free, on-site college planning seminars each year.

Seminar Details

Seminars are conducted by MEFA staff and other industry experts and typically run 60–120 minutes, depending on topic and audience size. Seminar topics are described below. Schools must have available a laptop, projector, screen, and microphone. You can view upcoming MEFA seminars on our Events page.

Requesting a Seminar

You can request a seminar, or check on the status of an existing request, by clicking on the link below. We recommend that you request your seminar several months in advance to provide enough time for us to review your request. In some cases, we may ask two neighboring schools to join together and provide one seminar for the entire community.

Request a Seminar

Hosting a Seminar

If you decide to host a seminar, be sure to review our guidelines for hosting a MEFA seminar, which include how to promote and prepare for the event, and important follow-up tasks.

Saving for College

  • Audience: Designed for parents with children of any age
  • Overview: It’s never too early to start saving for college. At this seminar, families will find the information and tools needed to create a college financial plan. They will learn essential facts about ways to save, college savings myths, how saving affects financial aid eligibility, and paying for college (for details, see a PDF of the presentation under Materials, below).
  • Timing: Can be held anytime throughout the year, based on an organization’s needs
  • Languages: Presented in English
  • Materials: View seminar presentation materials online in English and Spanish.

College Admissions

  • Audience: Designed for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Topics: The college application process can be overwhelming for high school juniors and seniors, as well as their families. This seminar provides a detailed overview of the entire process, including current trends in admissions, how to build a college list, the various components of the college application, and basics about financial aid (for details, see a PDF of the presentation under Materials, below).
  • Timing: Usually held during the spring for HS juniors, and the early fall for HS seniors
  • Languages: Presented in English
  • Materials: View seminar presentation materials online in English and Spanish.

College Financing

  • Audience: Designed for parents of high school juniors and seniors
  • Topics: This seminar demystifies financial aid. Families will learn what’s involved in the financial aid application process, which factors determine eligibility for aid, how colleges determine the amount of aid to offer, and what to anticipate in financial aid award letters. They’ll also discover the many resources that MEFA offers to help them along the way (for details, see a PDF of the presentation under Materials, below).
  • Timing: Usually held late September through mid-November for HS seniors, and during late spring for HS juniors
  • Languages: Presented in English and Spanish
  • Materials: View seminar presentation materials online in English and Spanish.

After the College Acceptance

  • Audience: Designed for parents of high school seniors
  • Topics: Once families have received college acceptance letters, the next step is to choose a college and figure out how to pay for it. And while this is an exciting time, it can also be overwhelming. This seminar is designed to help families examine and compare financial aid awards, calculate the balance due, and develop a plan to pay the bill (for details, see a PDF of the presentation under Materials, below).
  • Timing: Usually held during the months of March and April and in a limited number of locations.
  • Languages: Presented in English
  • Materials: View seminar presentation materials online in English and Spanish.