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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.

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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.
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 Deep Dive Into the FAFSA

The MEFA Institute: A Deep Dive Into the FAFSA

This webinar for school counselors and college access professionals will provide a detailed overview of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), including step-by-step instructions on completing the application, helpful tips on answering questions correctly, and important next steps. Print the webinar slides to follow along.
The MEFA Institute: A Deep Dive Into the CSS Profile

The MEFA Institute: A Deep Dive Into the CSS Profile

This webinar for school counselors and college access professionals, presented by Gail Holt of Amherst College, introduces the nuts and bolts of the CSS Profile, a financial aid application required by approximately 250 colleges, universities, and scholarship agencies across the country. Topics include tips on completing the Profile, specific financial and household data collected, and how colleges and universities use the application information.
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: 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: Helping Families Understand Financial Aid Offers

The MEFA Institute: Helping Families Understand Financial Aid Offers

This webinar provides valuable information for school counselors to help families understand their financial aid offers. Topics include an overview of the different types of financial aid available, how to calculate the balance due at each college, and methods for paying the college bill. Download the webinar slides to follow along.
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: Having the College Cost Conversation with Students and Families

The MEFA Institute: Having the College Cost Conversation with Students and Families

As a school counselor, you likely play a large role helping students create their college list and decide where to ultimately enroll. College cost is a significant factor when selecting a school, and it's one that students and families should understand as they navigate the admissions and financial aid process. In this webinar, we review the information and resources that you can share to help college-bound students and their families research college costs and make informed decisions. Download the webinar slides to follow along.
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.
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