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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.

The MEFA Institute: Supporting Undocumented Students

The MEFA Institute: Supporting Undocumented Students

While undocumented students face many barriers to college, it is still possible for them to get a college education. This webinar, presented with Andrea Keenan of Excel Academy, will address up-to-date immigration policies and statuses eligible and ineligible for Federal Student Aid. We will also examine 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 will be 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.
The Cost of College: Sticker Price vs. the Net (or

The Cost of College: Sticker Price vs. the Net (or "Real") Price

Learn the difference between that "sticker price" and the "net price" of a college, and how parents and students can do research and use financial aid to afford college costs.
Having the College Financing Discussion

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.
Economic Policy and Paying for College

Economic Policy and Paying for College

Figuring out how to pay for college can be confusing. MEFA Executive Director Thomas Graf explains how MEFA is working to improve economic and education policy to help make the higher education process easier for parents and students.
How Families Can Deal with the Rising Costs of College

How Families Can Deal with the Rising Costs of College

College costs - and the amounts parents and students have had to borrow to pay for college - keep rising. MEFA Executive Director Thomas Graf explains how families can deal with these rising costs, learn about how the financial aid system can work, minimize the amount they need to borrow, and start preparing early.
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