We are happy to offer a wide range of webinar topics to help you learn about MEFA Pathway. You can register for upcoming webinars or watch recorded webinars at your convenience.

Upcoming Live Webinars

September 28, 2023 12:00 - 1:00pm Live Webinar, Parent

What to Know About the CSS Profile

This webinar will introduce the nuts and bolts of the CSS Profile, a financial aid application required by approximately 200 colleges, universities, and scholarship agencies across the country. Topics will include tips on completing the Profile, specific financial and household data collected, and how colleges and universities use the application information. Live transcription will be available.

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October 5, 2023 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Financial Aid 101

This webinar will provide 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. Live transcription will be available.

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October 11, 2023 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Financial Aid 101

This webinar will provide 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. Live transcription will be available.

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October 16, 2023 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Financial Aid 101

This webinar will provide 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. Live transcription will be available.

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October 18, 2023 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Ayuda Económica para la Universidad 101

Este seminario web, presentado en español, ofrecerá información y claridad sobre todo el proceso de solicitud de ayuda financiera para la universidad. Usted aprenderá sobre las solicitudes y los tipos de asistencia financiera, los factores que determinan la elegibilidad, las maneras en que las universidades determinan cuánta ayuda ofrecen y los detalles de las ofertas.

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October 25, 2023 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Ask an Expert All Your CSS Profile Questions

It’s time to apply for financial aid, and that means completing the FAFSA and (sometimes) the CSS Profile. Join us for a Q&A webinar about the CSS Profile with expert financial aid administrator Mike Goodwin, Assistant Director of Student Financial Services at Williams College.  If you haven’t started completing the form, it may be best to start before this webinar so you can bring your specific questions. Live transcription will be available.

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November 1, 2023 12:00 - 1:00pm Live Webinar, Parent

Financial Aid 101

This webinar will provide 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. Live transcription will be available.

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November 1, 2023 6:30 - 7:00pm Live Webinar, Parent

How to Create Your FSA ID

If you plan to submit the FAFSA to apply for college financial aid, you’ll need to create an FSA ID first, which allows you to begin the FAFSA process. And you need to create your FSA ID at least a few days before you start the FAFSA, so now’s a great time to check that step off your list. Join us for this webinar where we’ll walk through the process of creating an FSA ID, explain who needs to create one, and discuss other things to know before completing the FAFSA. Live transcription will be available. 

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November 6, 2023 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Financial Aid 101

This webinar will provide 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. Live transcription will be available.

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November 9, 2023 12:00 - 1:00pm Live Webinar, Parent

Attainable 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. Live transcription will be available.

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November 14, 2023 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Financial Aid 101

This webinar will provide 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. Live transcription will be available.

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December 4, 2023 12:00 - 1:00pm Live Webinar, Parent

Understanding the FAFSA

This webinar will provide a detailed overview of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the main application for college financial aid. You’ll learn step-by-step instructions on completing the application, helpful tips on answering questions correctly, and important next steps. Live transcription will be available.

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December 5, 2023 12:00 - 1:00pm Live Webinar, Parent

Financial Aid 101

This webinar will provide 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. Live transcription will be available.

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December 6, 2023 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Financial Aid 101 w/Greenfield Community College

This webinar will provide 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. Live transcription will be available.

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December 13, 2023 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

El proceso universitario para los estudiantes indocumentados en español

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 Excel Academy Charter High School 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.

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January 17, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

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 letters of recommendation. Live transcription will be available.

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January 22, 2024 5:00 - 6:00pm Live Webinar, Parent

Learn about Tuition Break, a Program That Can Help You Lower College Costs

Did you know that New England residents can enroll at out-of-state public colleges at a discount? In this webinar, presented by Jonathan Gowin, Director of Tuition Break for the New England Board of Higher Education, you’ll learn more about Tuition Break, a savings program specifically for New England residents that can save families approximately $9,000 per year. Over 2,500 degree programs are available. Register to learn more! Live transcription will be available.

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January 24, 2024 4:00 - 6:00pm Live Webinar, Parent

FAFSA Festival

Do you need assistance completing the FAFSA, the form required to apply for college financial aid? Join MEFA for a virtual FAFSA Festival on January 24th 4:00 PM-6:00 PM. You can log in anytime and you will be paired with an expert who can answer your FAFSA questions and help you complete the online application. Before you join us, we encourage you to start filling out the FASFA at fafsa.gov.

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January 29, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Athletics in College Admissions

This webinar, presented by Dr. Mike Janicki, Ed.D, School Counselor at Old Rochester Regional High School, will discuss athletics in college admissions. Topics will include sports divisions, eligibility, the college search, and key issues to consider throughout this process. Live transcription will be available.

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January 30, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Early College Planning

This webinar, co-sponsored by East Bridgewater Public Library, Hanson Public Library, Bridgewater Public Library, Holmes Public Library, and Plympton Public Library, is for parents with children in middle school and high school and will describe information and resources that families can use to put a college savings plan in place, as well as what tools students and parents should consider when beginning the college search.

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February 7, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

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 University of Massachusetts Boston, two experienced educators with a passion for helping students realize their full potential, will provide you with a roadmap for the college search process. With all the information available, it can be difficult to begin your college search and narrow down what’s most important. This webinar will introduce a systematic approach to gathering information as you research colleges, as well as explain the six keys to finding a good college fit. Live transcription will be available.

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February 15, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

The Power of the U.Plan

Learn how to lock in tomorrow’s tuition at today’s prices with the U.Plan, the Massachusetts Prepaid Tuition Plan. This webinar will teach you how to enroll and contribute, share the list of participating colleges, and explain how to use the plan to guard against the increase in tuition at dozens of public and private Massachusetts colleges and universities. Note that the U.Plan is a savings plan option best for families with a child in 10th grade or younger. Live transcription will be available.

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February 28, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

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 letters of recommendation. Live transcription will be available.

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March 5, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Applying for College Scholarships

Scholarships can make a significant impact in helping cover college costs. In this webinar, you’ll learn where to find scholarships, the best online search engines, tips for applying, and how to avoid scams. We’ll also explain how scholarships fit into the larger financial aid picture. Live transcription will be available.

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March 6, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

College Planning for Middle School Families

This webinar is for parents with children in middle school and will describe information and resources that families can use to put a college savings plan in place, as well as what tools students and parents should consider when beginning the college search. We will address the questions of how best to save for college, how savings impacts financial aid, where and how to begin the college search, and what role cost plays in the college decision. Live transcription will be available.

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March 12, 2024 12:00 - 1:00pm Live Webinar, Parent

Understanding Financial Aid Offers & Paying the College Bill

This webinar provides valuable guidance for high school seniors who have received their college acceptance letters and financial aid offers and are trying to make the college decision. Topics include an overview of different types of financial aid, an explanation of how to calculate the balance due at each college, and methods for paying the college bill. Live transcription will be available.

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March 13, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Financial Aid 101

This webinar will provide 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. Live transcription will be available.

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March 21, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Understanding Financial Aid Offers & Paying the College Bill

This webinar provides valuable guidance for high school seniors who have received their college acceptance letters and financial aid offers and are trying to make the college decision. Topics include an overview of different types of financial aid, an explanation of how to calculate the balance due at each college, and methods for paying the college bill. Live transcription will be available.

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March 27, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Q&A with Admissions Experts

In this webinar you will hear from a panel of college admissions experts as they share their advice on how to launch a college search and apply to college. Bring all your questions about the college admissions process, including those focused on campus visits, college fairs, standardized tests, and applications. Live transcription will be available.

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April 3, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

College Admissions & MEFA Pathway

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 letters of recommendation. You’ll also learn how to incorporate MEFA Pathway into the college admissions process. Live transcription will be available.

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April 4, 2024 12:00 - 1:00pm Live Webinar, Parent

Managing Student Loan Repayment for Graduating College Seniors

It’s important to stay on track with repayment of your student loans. This webinar will provide guidance on creating a budget, information on maintaining good credit, a smart plan for repayment, and helpful websites. Live transcription will be available.

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April 9, 2024 12:00 - 1:00pm Live Webinar, Parent

Understanding Financial Aid Offers & Paying the College Bill

This webinar provides valuable guidance for high school seniors who have received their college acceptance letters and financial aid offers and are trying to make the college decision. Topics include an overview of different types of financial aid, an explanation of how to calculate the balance due at each college, and methods for paying the college bill. Live transcription will be available.

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May 8, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Financial Aid 101

This webinar will provide 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. Live transcription will be available.

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May 15, 2024 12:00 - 1:00pm Live Webinar, Parent

Using Your U.Plan Funds

This webinar is for individuals who have saved in the U.Plan and who are getting ready to use their funds. We address questions such as “How does the U.Plan affect financial aid?,” “When can I request my U.Plan funds and when will they be paid to the college?,” “How do I calculate the U.Plan payment?,” and more. There will also be information on the available options if your child isn’t attending a U.Plan participating college. Live transcription will be available.

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May 15, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

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 letters of recommendation. Live transcription will be available.

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May 23, 2024 12:00 - 1:00pm Live Webinar, Parent

Attainable 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. Live transcription will be available.

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June 5, 2024 12:00 - 1:00pm Live Webinar, Parent

Comparing College Loan Options

There’s a lot to consider when borrowing a loan to pay for college. This webinar will help you differentiate among college loan options and better understand the true cost of borrowing. Live transcription will be available.

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July 10, 2024 6:30 - 7:30pm Live Webinar, Parent

Comparing College Loan Options

There’s a lot to consider when borrowing a loan to pay for college. This webinar will help you differentiate among college loan options and better understand the true cost of borrowing. Live transcription will be available.

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