Who doesn’t love a celebration? Especially one helping your child’s dreams for the future come true? September is College Savings Month, and we’ll be marking the occasion by sharing great information and guidance throughout the month to encourage you to start saving for college now.

 

We’ll begin today with 10 tips to kick start your college savings. Follow the suggestions below to get the ball rolling. And join us in celebrating!
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MEFAwotd2Each Wednesday, MEFA will feature a Word of the Day, in which we’ll highlight a word (or sometimes a phrase) related to the college planning process. This month, we’re focusing on vocabulary related to Federal Direct Student Loans, and will highlight terminology related to borrowing a Direct Loan.


Today's Word of the Day is Origination Fee.
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senior checklistStudents beginning their high school senior year in the next few days have a lot to juggle: academics, club meetings, sports practice, catching up with friends, and of course, college applications. One of our recent emails highlighted the five things that high school seniors should do now to prepare for college application season. If you didn’t catch that email, we’ve included the list below. Use this checklist to get your bearings and make sure you’re on track for senior year.
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For the past five years, during the month of April, I crisscross Massachusetts attending MEFA’s popular spring program, After the Acceptance, where we help families figure out the next steps in paying for college. While meeting with college-bound families, I am continually surprised at how many have never had a family conversation about how they will meet college costs. In reality, I have witnessed their first conversation right there in the auditorium of the local high school!
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Each Wednesday, MEFA will feature a Word of the Day, in which we’ll highlight a word (or sometimes a phrase) related to the college planning process. This month, we’re focusing on vocabulary related to Federal Direct Student Loans, and will highlight terminology related to borrowing a Direct Loan.

Today's Word of the Day is Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans.
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2013 Falmouth Road RaceAs a sponsor of the Falmouth Road Race for a second year in a row, MEFA and Fidelity are proud partners in building awareness on the importance of planning early for college through establishing a college savings plan. Every year, we go out into the field and get a temperature read on how families are saving for college and the awareness around this topic. What we learn is that despite our outreach efforts,  families are still seeking guidance and assistance on college savings. That's why we continue to visit communities around the state to provide experiences like MEFA's U.Fund Dreams Tour.
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MEFAwotd2Each Wednesday, MEFA will feature a Word of the Day, in which we’ll highlight a word (or sometimes a phrase) related to the college planning process. This month, we’re focusing on vocabulary related to Federal Direct Student Loans, and will highlight terminology related to borrowing a Direct Loan.

Today’s Word of the Day is Loan Servicer.
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gift of college

As the parent of a young child (or children), have you ever wished that you had an easy way to share your enthusiasm for saving for college with all of your friends and relatives? It would be great to let them see for themselves the goals that you and your child have for the future, and show them how they can help your family achieve those college dreams. Well now there's an answer.
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