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Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
Learn about the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), a calculation used by colleges to determine how much a family should be able to contribute toward education expenses for one academic year based on the parents' and student's income and assets reported on the financial aid applications.
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.
Cost of Attendance
Wondering what exactly cost of attendance means? MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning Jonathan Hughes explains everything you need to know about the cost of attendance at a college and all the expenses that cost of attendance includes, both direct and indirect.
How to Pay for College: A Guide for High School Seniors & Families
You've received your college acceptances and financial aid offers. Now what? MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning and Content Creation Jonathan Hughes explains how MEFA’s How to Pay for College: A Guide for High School Seniors & Families will help you with understanding financial aid offers, making the college decision, and paying the college bill.
Having the College Financing Discussion
You need to have a plan as a family for paying for college, and to know what parents and students can afford, and what they're each willing to contribute toward college costs.
Monthly Payment Plans
Learn how to utilize interest-free monthly payment plans to help pay the college bill over a set amount of time.
Student Loan Interest Rates
Learn everything you need to know about interest rates, including the difference between a fixed rate and a variable rate, and how your credit score can affect your loan options.
How to Pay for College: A Guide for High School Seniors & Families presented with the Catholic School Counselors Association
This webinar, presented with the Catholic School Counselors Association, provides valuable guidance for high school seniors and their families who have received their college acceptance letters and financial aid offers and are trying to decide on a college and make a plan to pay for college costs. Topics include the different types of financial aid, how to calculate the balance due at each college, and methods for paying the college bill, including payment plans and loans.
Cómo pagar el costo de la universidad: Guía para estudiantes de último año de high school y sus familias
Este seminario web, presentado por Carmen Pineda de MassEdCo, ofrece un asesoramiento valioso a estudiantes de último año de high school y sus familias que han recibido cartas de aceptación de universidades y ofertas de asistencia financiera, y están decidiendo a cuál ir y tratando de hacer un plan de pago. Los temas incluyen los diferentes tipos de ayuda financiera, cómo calcular el saldo adeudado en cada universidad, y métodos para pagar la matrícula, incluyendo planes de pago y préstamos.
How to Pay for College: A Guide for High School Seniors & Families
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.