MEFA Videos

MEFA Videos

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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90 Seconds with MEFA: College Gifting
Did you know that friends and family members can contribute directly to your college savings account? With more money in the account to invest and earn returns, your savings have the potential to grow faster to help you reach your goals. MEFA's Associate Director of College Planning Jonathan Hughes explains how you can set up gifting for the U.Fund College Investing Plan and the U.Plan Prepaid Tuition Program.
College Admissions with Andrew Carter of College of the Holy Cross
The college search and application process can be overwhelming. This webinar, presented by Andrew N. Carter, the Senior Associate Director of Admissions at College of the Holy Cross, helps 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 letters of recommendation.
Transition to Adulthood with ABLE
ABLE is the perfect tool for youth with disabilities to use to save for current and long-term expenses as they transition out of high school. In this webinar you’ll learn about Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the impact work may have on benefits, Social Security Administration (SSA) Work Incentives, and student benefits counseling.
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 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?
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
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.
The MEFA Institute: MEFA Loan Processing
In this webinar, you will hear important updates about the MEFA Loan program features and online resources for college administrators and families. You'll also receive guidance regarding certifying MEFA Loans via ELM and MEFA’s online loan portal including enrollment criteria, loan changes post-certification, disbursements, and refunds.
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
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.