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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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What is the SAI?
The Student Aid Index, or SAI, is a number that represents your family’s financial strength and ability to pay for college, and helps to determine how much financial aid you’re eligible to receive.
MEFA Pathway’s My Resume
Learn how students can use MEFA Pathway's My Resume tool 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. To use this tool, visit MEFA Pathway and create an account.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
This session, with guest speaker nationally recognized PSLF expert Betsy Mayotte, explain in detail the eligibility requirements for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The session also go into detail as to the temporary waivers for PSLF announced in October that opens up eligibility for borrowers who may have been on the wrong plan or had the wrong loans in the past. This session is critical for employees of PSLF eligible employers, even those who in the past were told they may not have been eligible.
The FAFSA and Early Action/Early Decision
If you’re applying to college Early Action/Early Decision, you won’t be able to submit the FAFSA at the same time you submit your application for admission, as the 2024-25 FAFSA won’t be available until December 2023. You’ll want to make sure you check the financial aid webpage of every college where you are applying early to find out about any other required financial aid applications they might require, such as the CSS Profile or an institutional financial aid application. For more information on the new FAFSA, read our blog post, What You Need to Know about the New FAFSA
MEFA Institute<sup>™</sup>: FAFSA Simplification Overview & Updates
If you’ve been overwhelmed by all the FAFSA Simplification information that has trickled out and want an overview of the details you need to know, or you haven’t had the time to learn all the new updates, we’re here to help with our FAFSA Simplification overview webinar for college administrators. We discuss new terms, the updated formula, Pell calculations, the concept of contributors and the FSA ID, foreseen challenges, and best practices.
MEFA Institute<sup>™</sup>: Learn About My Career and Academic Plan (MyCAP)
Interested in learning more about MyCAP, DESE’s My Career and Academic Plan, and how this approach is beneficial to students’ postsecondary pathway? This webinar is for you. Hear middle school and high school counselors share their experience and insight on implementing the MyCAP model in their district. Invite your principal, school counseling team, administration, and anyone else who wants to hear about the process and the tools used to support and guide students on their journey.
The MEFA Institute<sup>™</sup>:  Transition from Middle to High School with MEFA Pathway 2022
In this webinar for school counselors and college access professionals, learn how MEFA Pathway, MEFA’s free college and career planning portal, can help students plan for academic and career success in the transition from middle school to high school.
Federal vs. Private Student Loans
Learn the difference between these two types of student loans. Federal student loans are given by the federal government and are available to any student who files the FAFSA. They have the same interest rate for every student and offer various income-based repayment plans. Private loans come from banks, credit unions, and state-based lenders. They require a credit check, offer an interest rate based on credit score, and have stricter repayment terms. For more information, read our blog post, Private Student Loans vs. Federal Student Loans: What's the Difference?
Fixed vs. Variable Student Loan Interest Rates
Learn the difference between these two types of interest rates. Fixed interest rate loans always have the same interest rate until they are paid off, while variable interest rate loans have interest rates that go or down depending on the market. For more information, read our blog post, What's the Difference Between Fixed and Variable Interest Rates?
Attainable Savings Plan<sup>℠</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.