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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: Hearing from the Financial Aid Office

The MEFA Institute: Hearing from the Financial Aid Office

This webinar provides the opportunity to hear from practicing financial aid professionals from different types of institutions about a variety of topics, including best practices in applying for financial aid, the importance of deadlines, and financial factors to consider when making the college decision. Counselors will be able to use this valuable insight when working with students and families. Guests include Ebony Marsala from Northeastern University, William Smith from Stonehill College, Alcira Zadroga from Fitchburg State University, Aurelio Ramirez from MassArt, and Iris Godes from Dean College.
The MEFA Institute: Supporting Your Students in Making an Informed College Decision

The MEFA Institute: Supporting Your Students in Making an Informed College Decision

This lesson for school counselors and college access professionals provides a detailed overview of how to support students and their families in making informed college decisions using free web-based tools. The presenters, Richard Lapan of University of Massachusetts Amherst and Tim Poynton of University of Massachusetts Boston, discuss what their research and experience have revealed to be critically important to making truly informed decisions. They also review common myths and misconceptions, and describe seven key questions that can guide the college choice process. Download the webinar slides to follow along.
The MEFA Institute: Use MEFA Pathway to Create Goals & Strategies

The MEFA Institute: Use MEFA Pathway to Create Goals & Strategies

Creating goals & strategies is an important component of post-secondary planning. Learn how students can use MEFA Pathway to document long and short term career and academic goals and match goals with appropriate strategies.
The MEFA Institute: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About MEFA Pathway

The MEFA Institute: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About MEFA Pathway

MEFA Pathway provides a fun, engaging environment where students in grades 6-12 can plan for academic and career success. Join us for a walk-through of the site to learn the many tools, activities, and resources available to help students prepare for their future.
The MEFA Institute: Financial Aid Resources for Department of Children and Families (DCF) Students

The MEFA Institute: Financial Aid Resources for Department of Children and Families (DCF) Students

Did you know that the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) supports hundreds of foster youth attending college each year? In this webinar, presented with Kristen Quinlan of DCF, attendees will learn about resources available to foster youth, how they file the FAFSA as an independent student, how they can get assistance with their FAFSA from DCF, and what scholarships and grants are available specifically for these students. Download the webinar slides to follow along.
The MEFA Institute: Learn About Yourself with MEFA Pathway

The MEFA Institute: Learn About Yourself with MEFA Pathway

Learn how the interests and values inventories in MEFA Pathway, MEFA’s free college and career planning portal, can help students discover which careers may fit them best. In addition, find out how students can start a careers list based upon criteria specific to them.
The MEFA Institute: College Admissions Overview

The MEFA Institute: College Admissions Overview

The college search and application process can be overwhelming for students. This webinar, presented with Andrew Carter of College of the Holy Cross, provides key information that will help participants guide students through applying to college. Topics include current trends in admissions, building a balanced list of colleges, and the different components of the college application including transcripts, essays, and letters of recommendation. Download the webinar slides to follow along.
The MEFA Institute: Understanding MA State Financial Aid

The MEFA Institute: Understanding MA State Financial Aid

This webinar provides an overview of the state based financial aid programs in Massachusetts. Clantha McCurdy, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Access and Student Financial Assistance, discusses each of these programs and highlights some initiatives by the state of MA and Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA). Download the webinar slides to follow along.
The MEFA Institute: An Advanced Look at College Financial Aid

The MEFA Institute: An Advanced Look at College Financial Aid

This webinar, presented with Jim Slattery of Northeastern University, provides school counselors and college access professionals with an overview of the college financial aid process, including financial aid applications and eligibility, how colleges determine how much aid to offer, and financial aid award letters. This lesson is intended for counselors who have been in their jobs for five years or more and feel somewhat knowledgeable about advising students and families on college financing. Download the webinar slides to follow along.
The MEFA Institute: A Beginner's Look at College Financial Aid

The MEFA Institute: A Beginner's Look at College Financial Aid

This webinar, presented with Susan Beard of Wheaton College, provides school counselors and college access professionals with an overview of the college financial aid process, including financial aid applications and eligibility, how colleges determine how much aid to offer, and financial aid award letters. This webinar is for counselors who are newer to the financial aid process and want to get a good understanding of the basics. Download the webinar slides to follow along.
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