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Six Keys to Finding a Good College Fit
This webinar, presented by Dr. Amanda Sterk, Director of Accelerated Programs at Florida Southwestern State College and Dr. Timothy Poynton, Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, two experienced educators with a passion for helping students realize their full potential, provide you with a roadmap for the college admissions process. With all of the information available, it can be difficult to begin your college search and narrow down what’s most important. This webinar introduces a systematic approach for the college search and information-gathering process, as well as explain the six keys to finding a good college fit.
The FAFSA
If you need financial aid for college, you'll have to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). The FAFSA becomes available every year on October 1st for the following academic year. Learn what you'll need to include on the form and how you can complete it.
The MEFA Institute<sup>™</sup>: Search for Colleges with MEFA Pathway
Learn how students can use the College Search tool within MEFA Pathway, MEFA’s free college and career planning portal, to select specific criteria to search for colleges and build a solid college list.
The MEFA Institute<sup>™</sup>: Create and Update a Resume with MEFA Pathway
Learn how students can build and update a resume with MEFA Pathway, MEFA’s free college and career planning portal.
Saving for College
This webinar is for parents with children of all ages and describes information and resources that families can use to put a college savings plan in place. We answer questions such as: Why and how much should I save for college? When and how should I start? What is the best way to save? How will saving affect college financial aid? Watch to learn how to prepare best for college costs. Download the webinar slides to follow along.
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>: Financial Aid for College Admissions Professionals
This webinar is intended for college admissions professionals and other college administrators who would like to learn about the financial aid process. Three veteran financial aid experts speak about financial aid applications and types of financial aid, the factors that determine a student’s aid eligibility, and how financial aid professionals make decisions about financial aid offers for students. Private scholarships and ways to pay the college bill are also covered as well as what admissions professionals need to learn about their own institution’s financial aid policies.
Having the College Financing Discussion
You need to have a plan as a family for paying for college, and to know what parents and students can afford, and what they're each willing to contribute toward college costs.
College Financing presented by Tong Feng in Chinese
College financing in Chinese with Tong (Phoenix) Feng
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.