Session Descriptions  

tuesday Session 3   |   12:00-1:00pm


Federal Updates and Resources - Think 1
Elizabeth Coogan, U.S. Department of Education

Gretchen Holthaus, Indiana University

This session will provide small investment ideas for financial literacy services that can produce big returns. Attendees will learn about free resources (federal and other) that are geared toward helping students make good choices about borrowing money for college. Campus programming designed to grab students' attention and ways to promote financial education will be discussed.


Setting Assessment Standards: Today Texas. Tomorrow the Nation - Pathways
Paul Goebel, University of North Texas

Angela Mazzolini, Texas Tech University

Assessment is an integral part of student services. Today's college students need to acquire basic financial wellness skills that will allow them to face a world that is continually changing. Students must be able to think critically, to analyze, and to make informed decisions. This session will explore an innovative coaching services assessment initiative implemented by two universities in Texas to determine levels of students’ achievement and proficiency.


Student Loan Repayment TIPs Texting - Think 4
Joyce Serido, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Suzanne Bartholomae, Iowa State University

Carrie Johnson, North Dakota State University

Mary Jo Katras, University of Minnesota Extension

Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head, South Dakota State University Extension

Recent college graduates do not fully understand the student loan repayment process (Whitsett & Sullivan, 2012). Because text messaging has been shown as a successful method for disseminating information to achieve financial goals, Family Resource Management Specialists from 10 states collaborated on an SMS intervention campaign to help recent college graduates increase knowledge about the repayment process and improve repayment rates. We will discuss the process and insights gained. 


Outreach Efforts for DACA Students - Think 3
Amy Jarecki, Indiana University East

Ana Aquino, Indiana University East

Jorge Perez-Orduno, Indiana University East

This presentation will focus on two student groups, those who are citizens (although their parents are not) and thereby eligible for federal financial aid, but may not know it, and DACA students who are not eligible for federal financial aid. Presenters, including two students, will discuss outreach efforts, outcomes based on actual student experiences, and strategies to balance retention efforts with financial wellness for students ineligible to receive federal financial aid. 


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