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The MEFA Institute<sup>™</sup>: 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 roughly 200 colleges, universities, and scholarship agencies across the country. Topics include tips on completing the CSS Profile, specific financial and household data collected, and how colleges and universities use the application information.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
Learn about the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), a calculation used by colleges to determine how much a family should be able to contribute toward education expenses for one academic year based on the parents' and student's income and assets reported on the financial aid applications.
The MEFA Institute<sup>™</sup>: Supporting Undocumented Students
While undocumented students face many barriers to college, it is still possible for them to get a college education. In this webinar, presented by Andrea Keenan, Director of College and Career Counseling at Excel Academy Charter Schools, attendees learn about admissions standards at both public and private universities, leading into a discussion about 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.
The MEFA Institute<sup>TM</sup> Financial Aid 101 for School Counselors
This webinar provide 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 the details of financial aid offers. This webinar is for counselors who want to get a good understanding of the basics of the financial aid process.
Learn How to Create Goals and Strategies in MEFA Pathway
Learn how students can use MEFA Pathway, MEFA’s free college and career planning portal, to create and document academic, career, and personal goals along with strategies of how they plan to reach those goals.
The MEFA Institute<sup>TM</sup>: Helping Students and Parents Approach the College Choice Process Systematically
This webinar, presented by Dr. Amanda Sterk, Director of Accelerated Programs, Florida Southwestern State College and Dr. Timothy Poynton, Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, two experienced educators with a passion for bringing tools and strategies to school counselors, help you assist your students with the college choice process using a strategy called LEADS. You can be able to take the strategies and tools shared during this webinar and immediately start using them as your work with students and families.
Ayuda Económica para la Universidad 101
Este seminario web, presentado en español, ofrecerá información y claridad sobre todo el proceso de solicitud de ayuda económica para la universidad. Usted aprenderá sobre las solicitudes y los tipos de asistencia financiera, los factores que determinan la elegibilidad, las maneras en que las universidades determinan cuánta ayuda ofrecen y los detalles de las ofertas.
Early Action vs Early Decision
MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning Jonathan Hughes explains the similarities and differences between Early Action and Early Decision and provides some tips to help guide you through the early admission process.
Scholarships
Scholarships are types of "gift aid" or free money, which means they do not have to be repaid. MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning Jonathan Hughes explains where to find both local and national scholarships and helpful tips to use in your search.
Wise Borrowing
MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning and Content Creation Jonathan Hughes explains where to find a student loan to pay for college, how you can determine how much to borrow, and what to consider when selecting the loan.