Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. For high school seniors, it seems hard to believe that it's time to start thinking about those financial aid applications. Early Action and Early Decision applicants may have early financial aid deadlines. Do you know yours?

What can you do now?

See MEFA’s timeline below to find out how to apply for your Federal Student Aid PIN. Both the student applicant and parent will need a PIN to submit the FAFSA. And be sure to join us in your community at a MEFA College Financing Seminar.

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Each Wednesday, MEFA will feature a Word of the Day, where we’ll highlight a word (or sometimes a phrase) related to the college planning process. This month, we’re focusing on vocabulary related to the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®.

Today's Word of the Day is Asset.
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467696289If someone in your family is applying to college this year, there’s a good chance you’ll need to complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®, the financial aid application required by almost 400 colleges and universities across the country. We provided three webinars for families last week on the PROFILE®, and received some great questions from webinar attendees. Check out the ones we highlighted below.

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Recent college graduates all across the country are navigating life after college.  In the midst of searching for jobs, finding affordable places to live, living on a budget and managing their student loan repayment, graduates are working hard each day to traverse the new world they find themselves in. The purpose of this blog is to inform these new graduates on the importance and purpose of their student loan “Grace Status”.
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Do you have questions on how to pay for college? Will your family qualify for financial aid? How do we begin the process of applying?  What is the FAFSA? These are just a few of the questions our team of experts in college financing and financial aid answer throughout the year, specifically at MEFA's College Financing Seminars.
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Each Wednesday, MEFA will feature a Word of the Day, where we’ll highlight a word (or sometimes a phrase) related to the college planning process. This month, we’re focusing on vocabulary related to the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®.

Today's Word of the Day is Noncustodial PROFILE.
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test taking After reading yesterday's blog post on test-prep tips, you know what you need to do to prepare for your SAT or ACT this fall. But what happens when you sit down for the actual exam? We’ve compiled our ten best test-taking tips, from how to tackle the essay to reminders about the resources provided on each exam. Review the full list before you take your SAT or ACT in the coming weeks.

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test-prepWith fall in full swing, many students will spend at least one Saturday over the next few months in a school gym, cafeteria, or library taking a college entrance standardized exam. The SAT is held in October, November, and December, and the ACT is offered in October and December.

We put our heads together here at MEFA to compile our best tips for these standardized tests. Below you’ll find our advice on studying and how to spend your time in the hours leading up to the test. Check back here tomorrow, as we’ll be posting our best tips on taking the actual exam.
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Are you applying for financial aid for college? If so, you may be required to submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®, a financial aid application used by almost 400 colleges and universities in the country. Need a PROFILE® overview? Take a look through our presentation below. You’ll learn all the basics about this important application for financial aid.

Navigating the presentation is easy — simply use the left and right arrows highlighted in circles at the bottom of the slides to get through the content. If you're interested in seeing it big screen, use the 4-way arrows to adjust the size then easily navigate the presentation by using the arrows on your keyboard.

If you find this information helpful, and think your friends would, too, we encourage you to take advantage of the links at the top of the presentation. You can click the "share" button to post it to your social media page or email it along to your friends, and the "save" button will allow you to save the presentation to your computer for future reference. And, as always, remember that MEFA is here to help if you have questions - just ask in the comments section below!

Age Based Investment Strategy

Each Wednesday, MEFA will feature a Word of the Day, where we’ll highlight a word (or sometimes a phrase) related to the college planning process. This month, we’re focusing on vocabulary related to the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®.

Today's Word of the Day is CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®.
...continue reading