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College Planning Advice for Parents of Young Children
Learn why it's important for young parents to start saving for college early to help defray the cost of college later on.
College Planning Tips for Middle School Families
MEFA Assistant Executive Director Elizabeth Fontaine explains the choices and challenges faced by parents with children in middle school, and explains that families in this stage need to concentrate on both academic planning and saving for college.
College Advice for Families with Children in Middle School
If you're a family with a middle school student, learn why it's beneficial to start researching now all of the different options for college. The more you know, the better prepared you'll be for all the decisions you'll need to make during your child's senior year of high school.
Common Myths about Planning & Saving for College
Every dollar saved will give your family options down the road when it comes time to pay for college. Hear common misconceptions about college savings for families with middle school students.
College Planning Timetable for Families in Middle School
Did you know that MEFA has a valuable email curriculum for families of all life stages? For families in middle school, MEFA sends key information all about high school academics and how to begin (or continue) to save for college. MEFA is both proactive and reactive to give you the information you need when it comes to college planning and saving. Sign up for MEFA emails here.
A Toolbox of Resources About College
Hear about free resources to help you plan for college, such as the College Navigator, which has key information about thousands of schools across the country, and Net Price Calculators, which allow you to get a personalized estimate of your financial aid at a particular college or university.
The Path to College Starts in Middle School
Learn more about MEFA emails, which are catered to the ages of the children within each family and include information relevant to each family's life stage. Also hear about our website,, which includes information on saving for college, high school academics, applying for college, and applying for financial aid.
When to Start Thinking about College
If you're a family with children in middle school, learn about how you can make the college search part of everyday life. Students can begin to envision themselves on a college campus and get in the college mindset by visiting different campuses and talking about the process of planning and saving for college with their family.
Planning for College in Middle School
Learn why it's important for families to start planning for college in the middle school years. College is a significant investment - the more knowledge you have as a family, the easier the process will be when it's time to apply.
Tips for First-Generation College Students
Hear guidance on the pathway for first-generation students and their families to navigate through within the higher education process in the United States.