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Making a Distribution from Your U.Plan Account
You can use the funds from your U.Plan Prepaid Tuition Program account to pay for tuition and mandatory fees at any one of the plan's participating colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Or you can cash out the funds to use elsewhere. This video walks you through the steps of how to access your savings when it comes time to pay the college bill.
The MEFA Institute<sup>™</sup>: Supporting Undocumented Students in the College Planning Process
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>™</sup>: Counseling Students with Unique Circumstances in the Financial Aid Process
This webinar, presented by Suellen Dean, Senior Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Assumption University, Kevin DeRuosi, Associate Director of Special Programs and Compliance at Salem State University, and Karensa DiFonzo, Director of Student Financial Services at Wellesley College, provides guidance for school counselors and college access professionals in working with families with unique circumstances throughout the financial aid process. Topics include independent students, undocumented students, nontraditional parent families, and financial aid appeals.
 What to Do If You're on a Waitlist
Were you placed on a college’s waitlist? There’s some actions you can take now, such as formally accepting the spot, providing the school with updated grades or awards, letting the college know they’re your top choice, and depositing at a school you’ve been accepted to. To learn more about waitlists, read our blog post, Have You Been Placed on a Waitlist?, at https://www.mefa.org/blog/have-you-be...
 Create an Account in MEFA Pathway
As students progress through middle and high school, it's important for them to make a postsecondary plan. MEFA Pathway, our free college and career planning website, guides students through every step of that planning process. This website provides tools and activities to help students learn more about themselves, set goals for the future, and meet academic and career benchmarks. It's easy for students to create an account in MEFA Pathway! This short video walks through every step of the process. Get started today at https://www.mefapathway.org/
College Admissions
The college search and application process can be overwhelming. This webinar will help you establish a personalized admissions road map by addressing topics such as current trends in admissions, building a balanced list of colleges, and the different components of the college application including transcripts, essays, and interviews. Download the webinar slides to follow along.
The MEFA Institute<sup>™</sup>: Understanding MA State Financial Aid
This webinar provides an overview of the state-based financial aid programs in Massachusetts. Join Constantia T. Papanikolaou, Chief Legal Counsel at MA Department of Higher Education, and Dr. Clantha McCurdy, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Access and Student Financial Assistance at MA Department of Higher Education, as they discuss each of these programs and highlight some initiatives by the Commonwealth of MA and Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA).
Answering Your Questions about 529 Accounts and Financial Aid
Do 529 accounts owned by a grandparent affect financial aid? Do families receive less financial aid if they saved in a 529 account? Get the answers to these questions and others in our short video. And learn more in our blog post, College Savings Accounts and Financial Aid.
Attainable<sup>®</sup> Savings Plan Overview
The Attainable® Savings Plan allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save for disability-related expenses without losing eligibility for federal means-tested benefits. In this webinar, we review the benefits, eligibility requirements, and plan details of Attainable®, and explain how to easily set up an account. Download a copy of the webinar slides to follow along.
Why to Consider Community College
Are you thinking about attending a community college? Community colleges are two-year schools where you can earn an associate degree. They have many benefits, including costing less than 4-year institutions, allowing you to utilize MassTransfer, having open enrollment and rolling admissions, and offering career training and apprenticeship programs.