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Our videos are great college planning resources that provide information and guidance to help your family with every step of the way. Find videos by clicking on the categories listed below.

90 Seconds with MEFA: What to Do with COVID-19 Room and Board Refunds

90 Seconds with MEFA: What to Do with COVID-19 Room and Board Refunds

If you used funds from a 529 account to pay for room and board expenses, the deadline to deposit these funds back into a 529 account without paying income taxes on the funds has been extended. MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning Jonathan Hughes explains when the deadline has been extended to and how to initiate the process of returning funds.
Financial Aid Appeals During COVID-19

Financial Aid Appeals During COVID-19

Learn the steps to appeal a college's financial aid offer, and how colleges are offering assistance during this time of COVID-19. This webinar features guidance from four college administrators from colleges across the Commonwealth providing tips and information for families making the college decision. Download the webinar slides to follow along.
School Counselor Webinar Series: Having the College Cost Conversation with Students and Families

School Counselor Webinar Series: Having the College Cost Conversation with Students and Families

As a school counselor, you likely play a large role helping students create their college list and decide where to ultimately enroll. College cost is a significant factor when selecting a school, and it's one that students and families should understand as they navigate the admissions and financial aid process. In this webinar, we review the information and resources that you can share to help college-bound students and their families research college costs and make informed decisions. Download the webinar slides to follow along.
Education Benefits for Veterans

Education Benefits for Veterans

Education benefits for Veterans are extensive and can sometimes be difficult to navigate and understand. This webinar given by United States Marine Corps Veteran Chris Blunt provides an overview of some of the various programs available, along with their benefits, eligibility criteria, and application processes. By the end of this webinar you should be able to identify which benefit(s) may apply to you and how to begin the process to obtain them.
Connecting Undocumented Students to College Access Opportunities

Connecting Undocumented Students to College Access Opportunities

While undocumented students face many barriers to college, it is still possible for them to get a college education. The first part of this webinar addresses up-to-date immigration policies and statuses eligible and ineligible for Federal Student Aid. It also examines the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application process and its benefits. You will be exposed to admissions standards at both public and private universities, leading into a discussion about how to maximize credits and time for DACA and undocumented students through dual-enrollment and concurrent enrollment opportunities across states, high schools, and community colleges. Scholarship resources are shared, pointing you directly to both state and national organizations at the forefront of this highly discussed topic.
Tips for Paying the High Cost of a College Education

Tips for Paying the High Cost of a College Education

Everything you do today can help you pay that college bill tomorrow. Learn how putting aside money each month will help you and your student when it comes time to pay that bill in July or August before your child's first year of college. It's helpful to look at the whole picture and understand that college is not a "one-size-fits-all" proposition anymore.
Finding Money to Pay for College

Finding Money to Pay for College

There is a lot of money out there to help you pay for college. Hear about the financial aid application process and the money that's available. And even for families with middle school students, it's important to begin searching for college scholarships.
What's My College Enrollment and Payment Timeline?

What's My College Enrollment and Payment Timeline?

In this short webinar, find out your college planning to-do list for the next several months - from submitting the enrollment deposit to setting up your payment plan to borrowing your loan. You'll also find out when to expect your first semester bill, and when it's due.
Paying for Off-Campus Housing and Living Expenses

Paying for Off-Campus Housing and Living Expenses

Learn how to use your financial aid and private loan to pay for off-campus housing and living expenses, and get details on billed (direct) versus non-billed (indirect) college expenses.
Planning & Paying for College: What to Do After You're Accepted to College

Planning & Paying for College: What to Do After You're Accepted to College

Learn what you need to know about financial aid offers and how to get help choosing the right student loan.
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