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""This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA).

Did you know you have a resource in Massachusetts to help you and your family plan for college? We are the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA), a not-for-profit state authority that was created by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1982 to help make higher education more affordable and accessible for parents and students.

Whether you are saving up for college for yourself or have a newborn, school-aged child, or teenager, we have information and resources available to assist you as you look to the future. We help families with every step of college planning, from the first deposit into a college savings account to the college search and application process to the financial aid forms and college bills. The services and guidance provided by our staff are offered free of charge. We encourage you to take advantage of the many ways we can assist you, including:

  • MEFA Website — Our website, mefa.org, provides key information and guidance on all steps of college planning. Access our calculators, timelines, and videos anytime, and visit our MEFA news section often, where we publish articles on a wide array of subjects.
  • Social Media Updates — We post information and resources on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn regularly, so like and follow us on those channels to stay updated.
  • Information Sessions — We host seminars across Massachusetts and webinars throughout the year to provide information on specific college planning topics. You can view our events calendar to see the full list of offerings.
  • Savings Plans — To help families prepare for the cost of a college education, we provide the Massachusetts 529 College Investing Plan, the U.Fund, and the Massachusetts Prepaid Tuition Program, the U.Plan. We also offer low-cost college loans for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Personalized Advice — We have a team ready to answer your questions and provide additional information on topics related to college planning and preparation. Reach out to us at (800) 449–MEFA (6332) or info@mefa.org.

Our aim is to make your journey easier as you prepare for college and your family’s future. We look forward to connecting with you and providing guidance throughout the college planning process.

Share this post with your friends and family to help get the word out about MEFA, or tweet us @MEFAtweets with any questions about saving and planning for college.

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