MEFA Videos

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>: FAFSA Simplification Roundtable Discussion with MEFA and MASFAA
Is FAFSA Simplification keeping you up at night? Or are you too busy to even think about it? Either way, please join us for the first in a series of virtual roundtable discussions for financial aid administrators on this topic co-sponsored by MEFA and MASFAA (Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) and led by Gail Holt, Dean of Financial Aid at Amherst College and Chair of the NASFAA FAFSA Simplification Implementation Working Group, and Jill Desjean, Policy Analyst at NASFAA. Throughout these conversations, as information unfolds and we continue to learn more, we discuss the different approaches colleges are taking to implement these financial aid updates, learn from each other, and develop an execution plan for our own institutions.
Standardized Tests
Students often take standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, as part of the college admissions process. Learn about the differences between the two, if they are required for admission, and how many times you can take them.
Comparing College Loan Options
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.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are an important part of the college application process. Learn who should write them, when students should request them, and how many letters students will need.
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.
Understanding Financial Aid Offers & Paying the College Bill
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.
Managing Student Loan Repayment for Graduating College Seniors
It's important to stay on track with repayment of your student loans. This webinar provides guidance for creating a budget, information on maintaining good credit, a smart plan for student loan repayment, and helpful websites.
College Admissions & MEFA Pathway
The college search and application process can be overwhelming. This webinar helps 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 letters of recommendation and how to incorporate MEFA Pathway into the college admissions process.
MEFA Institute<sup>™</sup>: Getting First-Generation Students to the End
Are you interested in supporting first-generation students through the college application process and their college years? Join this interactive webinar for counselors, college access professionals, and college administrators to learn more about some tools that can help first-generation students survive and thrive. The presenters discuss who are considered first-generation students, the variances that exists in the population, the issues and hurdles students face before and after college acceptance, and how we can all help them succeed.
What to Know about Financial Aid Appeals
Learn the steps to appeal a financial aid offer from a panel of college financial aid administrators. Panelists cover how to write an appeal letter, what situations might warrant receiving additional funds, and the timeline for the process.