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Our videos are great college planning resources that provide information and guidance to help your family prepare for the future. Find videos by clicking on the categories listed below. This page includes all of our recorded webinars.

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The MEFA Institute<sup>™</sup>: A Deep Dive into the CSS Profile
This webinar for school counselors and college access professionals, presented by Gail Holt of Amherst College, introduces the nuts and bolts of the CSS Profile, a financial aid application required by over 250 colleges, universities, and scholarship agencies across the country. Topics include tips on completing the CSS Profile, specific financial and household data collected, and how colleges and universities use the application information.
90 Seconds with MEFA: Early Action vs Early Decision
MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning Jonathan Hughes explains the similarities and differences between Early Action and Early Decision and provides some tips to help guide you through the early admission process.
Making a Distribution From Your U.Plan Account
You can use the funds from your U.Plan Prepaid Tuition Program account to pay for tuition and mandatory fees at any one of the plan's participating colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Or you can cash out the funds to use elsewhere. This video walks you through the steps of how to access your savings when it comes time to pay the college bill.
Origination Fees
If you're considering borrowing a loan to pay for college, make sure to look at any additional fees you may be charged. One common fee is the origination fee, a one-time fee charged to the borrower for the cost of processing the loan.
Repayment Term
If you're considering borrowing a loan to pay for college, make sure you understand your repayment term, the length of time that you have to repay a loan. Repayment terms vary, and most repayment terms cannot be extended.
The MEFA Institute<sup>™</sup>: MEFA Loans - What’s New for 2022-23
Join MEFA’s College Relations team to learn more about the MEFA Loan program and processing news for the upcoming school year. Learn the details of MEFA Loans, such as new interest rates, enrollment criteria, and credit criteria for approval. Karen Cooper from ELM Resources is on hand to share updates and processing tips in ELM One. We also review processing FAQ’s for MEFA portal users.
Comparing College Loan Options: July 7, 2022
There's a lot to consider when borrowing a loan to pay for college. This webinar help you differentiate among college loan options and better understand the true cost of borrowing.
Comparing College Loan Options: June 1, 2022
There's a lot to consider when borrowing a loan to pay for college. This webinar help you differentiate among college loan options and better understand the true cost of borrowing.
Hear from 4 College Admissions Experts on How to Get a Jump Start on College Admissions
This webinar for families of rising high school seniors help you map out your summer when it comes to the college admissions process. Hear from four college admissions experts, Andrew Carter of the College of the Holy Cross, Kate Guertin of Dickinson College, Caitlin Provost of Texas Christian University, and Ed Seero of UMass Lowell, who will share guidance on how you can spend your time this summer, research and visit colleges, and start the college essay. They also break down college admissions myths and share many pearls of wisdom. This webinar is not to be missed!
90 Seconds with MEFA: Scholarships
Scholarships are types of "gift aid" or free money, which means they do not have to be repaid. MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning Jonathan Hughes explains where to find both local and national scholarships and helpful tips to use in your search.