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Early College Planning
MEFA's mantra is "never too early, never too late" when it comes to saving for college. Learn how, in working with MEFA, you're encouraged to start saving and planning for college as early as possible, and not to hold off until your student is a junior or senior in high school.
College Options for This Fall
Are you a recent high school graduate who hasn’t made a plan yet for your future? That’s okay! There are many education opportunities still available. Please join MEFA for a panel discussion with five higher education leaders in Massachusetts. Learn about colleges and programs where you can still enroll for Fall 2023 and about money available from the federal government and the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance to help you pay to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Also, hear about the resources available to help you complete the FAFSA and make a plan for your future. You are worth it!
Making a Plan for after High School
Did you just graduate from high school and are wondering how to make a plan for your future? Join us for this webinar! We explain how to use MEFA Pathway, a free college and career planning website, to learn about colleges and careers and determine your next steps. MEFA Pathway is full of fun and interactive tools to help you discover what you enjoy, where you excel, and how these characteristics of YOU can be used to build your plan for the future.
Careers for Recent High School Grads
Did you just graduate from high school? Wondering what your next step is? Join us for this webinar! Learn about non-degree programs at Massachusetts community colleges that can lead to exciting careers. These programs can help you determine a career path and plan for the future.
College Planning for Middle School Families
If you have a child in middle school, now is the perfect time to start thinking about college (it's never too early!). This webinar covers the many reasons to attend college, how to prepare academically, the basics of college cost and financial aid, and different ways to save. Download the webinar slides to follow along.
El proceso universitario para los estudiantes indocumentados
A pesar de los muchos obstáculos que enfrentan para ir a la universidad, los estudiantes indocumentados pueden acceder a la educación superior. En este seminario web presentado en español por Andrea Keenan, de la Excel Academy, se explicarán las reglas más recientes de inmigración, así como los estados migratorios elegibles y no elegibles para la Ayuda Federal al Estudiante. También se examinará el proceso de solicitud de DACA (Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia o Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, en inglés) de 2012 y sus beneficios. Se explicarán las normas de admisión a las universidades públicas y privadas, y cómo maximizar los créditos y el tiempo para los estudiantes con DACA e indocumentados aprovechando las oportunidades de inscripción doble y simultánea en diferentes estados, escuelas secundarias y colegios universitarios municipales. Se compartirán recursos de becas y vínculos directos a organizaciones estatales y nacionales que están a la vanguardia de este tema tan debatido. Descargar diapositivass .
MEFA's College Planning Tool
Did you know you can create a personal college savings strategy for your family with MEFA's College Planning Tool? MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning and Content Creation Jonathan Hughes explains how you can use the tool to project your future college savings, receive step-by-step guidance, and discover colleges and scholarships.
Get Ahead of College Planning with MEFA Pathway
Learn how students can take advantage of MEFA Pathway, MEFA’s free college and career planning portal, during summer months to boost post-secondary planning.
4 College Planning Tips for New Parents
MEFA Assistant Executive Director Elizabeth Fontaine gives her four most helpful college-planning tips for young families wondering how (and when) to begin planning for college.
The College Process for 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, addresses up-to-date immigration policies and statuses eligible and ineligible for Federal Student Aid. We also examine the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application process and its benefits. Learn about admissions standards at both public and private universities and 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. Download the webinar slides to follow along.