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MEFA helps to find college funds

Want to learn how to pay for college? Springfield High School of Science and Technology would like to extend an open invitation to all residents to attend a college financing seminar on Jan. 10 from 7 - 9 p.m.

A representative of MEFA will discuss various aspects of financing a college education including the financial aid application process, searching for scholarships, understanding how aid is calculated and awarded, and other financing options including payment plans and loan programs.

Last year, over 37,000 families statewide attended MEFA's Financial Aid Nights for Parents of College Bound Seniors held at over 350 high schools, and learned how to navigate the often confusing process of applying for financial aid and financing college.

To further assist families in the college financing process, MEFA has developed a one-stop website which features important, trustworthy information and useful links, as well as interactive features that provide the necessary tools for completing aid applications, searching for scholarships and learning about college financing.

MEFA also offers its free Parent Assistance Service to seminar attendees which sends bi-weekly e-mails to parents of college bound seniors beginning in December and continuing until the student is enrolled in college with helpful tips and reminders about the application process. MEFA's goal is to assist Massachusetts families in applying for financial aid and financing college, while avoiding scams and expensive fee-based financial aid services.

Admission is free and further information/directions may be obtained by calling Eleni Bazos at 750-2000. For more information on financing a college education or for a full listing of Financial Aid Night Seminars statewide, visit or call (800) 449-MEFA (6332).