If you are the parent of a child in high school, be sure to check out the Massachusetts Education Financing Authority (MEFA) website. This site tells you all you need to know about saving for college, applying for financial aid and getting loans.
One of the most valuable services MEFA offers is an email notification system that will send you reminders about what you need to be doing and when. For example, if you are the parent of a senior in high school, the email service reminds you when you need to file important documents like the FAFSA form. If you are the parent of a junior, the service will remind you when to register for college entrance exams. (A great thing for those of us who already have too many dates on our calendars.)
The website also has printable "Recommendation Request Forms" that students can fill out and give to the teachers who are writing recommendations for them. There is also an "Application Deadline Manager" for tracking which parts of the application process have been sent to each school. Finally, there is also a "FAFSA4Caster" which gives you an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid.
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