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We provide subject matter expertise on every step within the college planning process. Subscribe and listen to the MEFA Podcast to learn key information and helpful tips on 529 college savings plans, the college application process, financial aid & the FAFSA, student loan repayment, and more.

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We provide subject matter expertise on every step within the college planning process. Subscribe and listen to the MEFA Podcast to learn key information and helpful tips on 529 college savings plans, the college application process, financial aid & the FAFSA, student loan repayment, and more.

    College Resources for Veterans

    College Resources for Veterans

    Host Jonathan Hughes is joined by Nick Charrette, Assistant Director of Veterans Upward Bound, who discusses what Veterans Upward Bound offers, the different types of GI Bills, and how veterans can maximize their education benefits.

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    (00:00) Intro
    (01:15) Understanding MA State Financial Aid
    (12:44) MEFA Mail bag
    (15:23) College Resources for Veterans

    • 41 min
    Returning to Repayment on Federal Student Loans

    Returning to Repayment on Federal Student Loans

    Host Jonathan Hughes is joined by Betsy Mayotte, President and Founder of The Institute of Student Loan Advisors (TISLA), who discusses when Federal Student Loans will re-enter repayment, what this means for borrowers, and what borrowers can do now to be prepared ahead of time.

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    (00:00) Intro
    (01:55) Answering FAFSA Questions
    (12:45) Returning to Repayment

    • 35 min
    Considering Cost in the College Decision

    Considering Cost in the College Decision

    Host Jonathan Hughes is joined by Kevin Fudge, Higher Education Expert, who discusses why families should consider affordability when exploring college options, why it’s important to focus on career goals when making post-secondary plans, and how college-going trends have evolved.

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    (00:00) Intro
    (01:02) College Financing Events
    (07:00) MEFA Mailbag
    (12:18) Trends in Higher Education

    • 38 min
    Learn About MEFA Pathway

    Learn About MEFA Pathway

    Host Jonathan Hughes is joined by Jennifer Bento-Pinyoun, Director of MEFA Pathway at MEFA, who explains how students and counselors can utilize MEFA Pathway, and Cheryl Nelson, Counselor in the Lunenburg School District, who explains how she uses the platform with her eighth and ninth grade students.

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    (00:00) Intro
    (00:40) Get to Know MEFA Pathway
    (14:07) MEFA Mailbag
    (19:20) Interview with Cheryl Nelson

    • 38 min
    How Students with Disabilities Can Save for Expenses and Prepare for College

    How Students with Disabilities Can Save for Expenses and Prepare for College

    Host Jonathan Hughes is joined by Mary Rubenis, Outreach Manager of Attainable at MEFA, who explains how individuals with disabilities can save for qualified expenses in an Attainable account, and Sarah Lazare, Director of the Banacos Academic Center at Westfield State University, who explains how students with disabilities can prepare for college success.

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    (00:00) Attainable
    (11:28) MEFA Mailbag
    (14:10) Preparing Students with Disabilities for College

    • 44 min
    Searching for Scholarships with Going Merry

    Searching for Scholarships with Going Merry

    Host Jonathan Hughes is joined by Charlie Maynard, co-founder and CEO of Going Merry, who explains explains how to search for scholarships on Going Merry, what makes Going Merry different from other scholarship search engines, how they act as a resource for school counselors, and the importance of applying to both local and national scholarships.

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    (00:00) Intro
    (00:45) Summer Melt
    (06:25) MEFA Mailbag
    (09:50) Going Merry

    • 28 min

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