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Our videos are great college planning resources that provide information and guidance to help your family with every step of the way. Find videos by clicking on the categories listed below.

90 Seconds with MEFA: Why Save for College?

90 Seconds with MEFA: Why Save for College?

Even if you understand the importance of saving for college, it can be challenging to start the process. And many people fear that if they can't pay for all of college with savings, it's not worth it to try. MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning Jonathan Hughes explains why saving is important, how the cost of college might not be as high as you think, how savings can reduce the need to borrow, and why saving for college sends a message to a child.
90 Seconds with MEFA: What to Do with COVID-19 Room and Board Refunds

90 Seconds with MEFA: What to Do with COVID-19 Room and Board Refunds

If you used funds from a 529 account to pay for room and board expenses, the deadline to deposit these funds back into a 529 account without paying income taxes on the funds has been extended. MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning Jonathan Hughes explains when the deadline has been extended to and how to initiate the process of returning funds.
90 Seconds with MEFA: What is a 529 Plan?

90 Seconds with MEFA: What is a 529 Plan?

Any way that you can save for college is a good way, but 529 plans were specifically created to save for college and have tax advantages. MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning Jonathan Hughes explains how to set up a 529 account, how the money is invested, where the funds can be used, and which expenses the funds cover.
90 Seconds with MEFA: Can I Get a Loan Without My Parents?

90 Seconds with MEFA: Can I Get a Loan Without My Parents?

Students often wonder if they can get a college loan without their parents on the loan application. MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning Jonathan Hughes explains how by filing the FAFSA, students are eligible for Federal Direct Student Loans without any co-borrowers. Private loan approval is dependent on income and credit score, so students often need the assistance of a co-borrower for these loans.
A Sibling's Perspective: Special Needs Financial Planning with ABLE

A Sibling's Perspective: Special Needs Financial Planning with ABLE

CFP Alexandria Nadworny will share her insight as a sibling of a brother with Down Syndrome and the financial planning needed to plan for his future. Alex shares her story and how she utilizes various tools, including ABLE, the tax-advantaged savings plan for individuals with disabilities, in her practice.
MEFA Loan Program Updates

MEFA Loan Program Updates

In this webinar, you will hear important updates about the MEFA Loan program and our resources for families. Learn about recent interest rate changes, loan certification options, and our online tools and guidance available to students and parents. The webinar concludes with a demo of our loan certification portal.
Exploring MEFA’s College Planning Tool

Exploring MEFA’s College Planning Tool

Want to start planning and saving for college but not sure how? MEFA’s College Planning Tool is the perfect place to start. In this webinar we demo the tool and discuss how to estimate what college might cost for your family and how to set and reach your savings goals.
Launching Your College Search During COVID-19

Launching Your College Search During COVID-19

For rising high school seniors preparing for college admissions season, the summer before senior year is a busy one. Campus visits, standardized tests, and college fairs are usually part of the plan. But with the current environment of COVID-19, preparation for applying to college will look slightly different. In this webinar you will hear from a panel of admissions experts representing WPI, Worcester State University, Brandeis University, and Olin College as they share their advice on how to launch a college search in today's quarantined world.
Family & School Counselor Webinar Series Build a Digital Portfolio in MEFA Pathway

Family & School Counselor Webinar Series Build a Digital Portfolio in MEFA Pathway

Students can assess trends, differences, and growth as they build their Digital Portfolio in MEFA Pathway.
Researching Colleges When You Can’t Visit Campus

Researching Colleges When You Can’t Visit Campus

Two UMass Professors, Dr. Tim Poynton and Dr. Richard Lapan, share advice on conducting the college search when it must be done virtually. Learn about helpful online tools that can help you gather information about schools and assist you in creating your personal college list.
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