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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>: Search for Scholarships in MEFA Pathway
Learn how MEFA Pathway, MEFA’s free college and career planning portal, can help students find available scholarships, build a list of scholarships, and manage deadlines and awards. Also learn how to add Local Scholarships to the Counselor Portal for students to view and apply.
The MEFA Institute<sup>TM</sup>: Understanding MA State Financial Aid
This webinar provides an overview of the state-based financial aid programs in Massachusetts. Join Dr. Clantha McCurdy, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Access and Student Financial Assistance, as she discusses each of these programs and highlights some initiatives by the Commonwealth of MA and Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA). Live transcription will be available.
MEFA Pathway’s College Cost Calculator
Learn how students can use MEFA Pathway's College Cost Calculator to compare their balance due at each college after financial aid has been applied. Students will learn how much each college will cost both annually and over 4 years.
Attainable Savings Plan<sup>SM</sup> Overview
The Attainable Savings Plan allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save for disability-related expenses without losing eligibility for federal means-tested benefits. In this webinar, we review the benefits, eligibility requirements, and plan details of Attainable, and explain how to easily set up an account. Download a copy of the webinar slides to follow along.
Financial Aid 101
This webinar provide information and clarity on the entire college financial aid application process. 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.
Ask an Expert All Your CSS Profile Questions
It’s time to apply for financial aid, and that means completing the FAFSA and (sometimes) the CSS Profile. Join us for a Q&A webinar about the CSS Profile with expert financial aid administrator Mike Goodwin, Assistant Director of Student Financial Services at Williams College. If you haven’t started completing the form, it may be best to start before this webinar so you can bring your specific questions.
MEFA Pathway’s Resume Builder
Learn how students can use MEFA Pathway's Resume Builder to record their profile details, such as clubs, sports, awards, and skills, that will feed into their resume. Once students create a resume, they can easily delete or add items, create multiple drafts, add an objective, and download the resume.
What to Know about the CSS Profile<sup>TM</sup>
This webinar introduces the nuts and bolts of the CSS ProfileTM, a financial aid application required by roughly 200 colleges, universities, and scholarship agencies across the country. Topics include tips on completing the Profile, specific financial and household data collected, and how colleges and universities use the application information.
Understanding the FAFSA<sup>®</sup>
This webinar provides a detailed overview of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the main application for college financial aid. You'll learn step-by-step instructions on completing the application, helpful tips on answering questions correctly, and important next steps. You can print the webinar slides to follow along.
The MEFA Institute<sup>™</sup>: Counseling Students with Unique Circumstances
This webinar, presented by Suellen Dean, Senior Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Assumption University, Kevin DeRuosi, Associate Director of Special Programs and Compliance at Salem State University, and Karensa DiFonzo, Director of Student Financial Services at Wellesley College, provides guidance for school counselors and college access professionals in working with families with unique circumstances throughout the financial aid process. Topics include independent students, undocumented students, nontraditional parent families, and financial aid appeals.