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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: 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.
El proceso universitario para los estudiantes indocumentados

El proceso universitario para los estudiantes indocumentados

A pesar de los muchos obstáculos que enfrentan para ir a la universidad, los estudiantes indocumentados pueden acceder a la educación superior. En este seminario web presentado en español por Andrea Keenan, de la Excel Academy, se explicarán las reglas más recientes de inmigración, así como los estados migratorios elegibles y no elegibles para la Ayuda Federal al Estudiante. También se examinará el proceso de solicitud de DACA (Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia o Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, en inglés) de 2012 y sus beneficios. Se explicarán las normas de admisión a las universidades públicas y privadas, y cómo maximizar los créditos y el tiempo para los estudiantes con DACA e indocumentados aprovechando las oportunidades de inscripción doble y simultánea en diferentes estados, escuelas secundarias y colegios universitarios municipales. Se compartirán recursos de becas y vínculos directos a organizaciones estatales y nacionales que están a la vanguardia de este tema tan debatido. Descargar diapositivass .
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.
90 Seconds With MEFA: The U.Plan

90 Seconds With MEFA: The U.Plan

As the Massachusetts prepaid tuition program, the U.Plan offers a way to save for college while protecting yourself from rising costs by locking in today's tuition and mandatory fee costs at a network of colleges and universities in Massachusetts. MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning Jonathan Hughes explains how the U.Plan works, how the money is invested, and how you can get started saving for college today!
College Financing with Susan Beard from Wheaton College

College Financing with Susan Beard from Wheaton College

This webinar, presented with Susan Beard of Wheaton College, provides information and clarity on the entire college financial aid application process. You'll learn about financial aid applications and types of financial aid, the factors that determine your aid eligibility, how colleges determine the amount of aid to offer, and the details of financial aid offers. 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.
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