tuesday Session 3 | 12:00-1:00pm
Federal Updates and Resources
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
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
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
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.