Do I Have to Pay Taxes? Developing Tax Education for Graduate Students
Emily Easton, University of Chicago
Angie Gleghorn, University of Chicago
Jennifer Water, University of Chicago
This session will provide content & practical strategies for institutions looking to build (on) their tax education resources for graduate students. We will discuss common graduate student tax situations, how to help students report funding & claim educational tax credits & advising international students. We will also present how to develop content, delivery, & follow-up, plus how & where to incorporate tax education into larger financial wellness initiatives and build campus-wide support.
Rethinking How We Teach Credit
Phil Schuman, MoneySmarts U
With an increased marketing effort to make society focus on credit scores, students are beginning to ask questions on what they can do to improve theirs. However, the questions reflect a lack of knowledge on the subject, often focusing on quick fixes to credit rather than building solid financial habits that translate to improved credit. Are we doing a disservice to our students with how we respond to their questions? Are we advocating students to make poor financial decisions with how we teach credit?
Yes we are.
Let’s start the conversation of teaching credit right.
Full Minds, Empty Stomachs: Food Insecurity on Campus
Carissa Uhlman, Inceptia
Megan Patel, University of Nebraska
An increasing number of students lack access to basic nourishment, leaving them unable to thrive in college. What can we do to provide support so that no student goes hungry?
We'll examine how food insecurity happens in a food-rich environment, sharing data to help you advocate for resources on your campus. A case study from University of Nebraska Lincoln provides invaluable insights on the launch of and first year lessons from their on-campus food pantry.
Kicking Down Doors: Getting Into New Spaces
Kelsey Gerber, Loyola University Chicago
Betsi Burns, Loyola University Chicago
This session will discuss applying your university mission and strategic plan when creating a financial wellness initiative. We will share tips on finding campus champions who will promote financial literacy, particularly in academic spaces.
Am I in Debt? A Critical and Linguistic Analysis of Student Debt Letters
Gretchen Holthaus, Indiana University
Zach Taylor, University of Texas at Austin
Very recently, states across the country have mandated that Title IV institutions of higher education send their students debt letters meant to inform student borrowing and improve student financial literacy. This session will provide an overview of debt letters from different institutions, as well as suggestions for practitioners to improve the composition and effectiveness of their debt letter.
Using Solution-Focused Language to Help Students Change Financial Behavior
John Grable, Ph.D, CFP(r), University of Georgia
Lance Palmer, University of Georgia
Authors of Introduction to Personal Finance: Beginning Your Financial Journey will share tips and tricks that empower positive student financial behavior by focusing on student strengths and capabilities instead of student problems and weaknesses. In this session, you will see a short video demonstrating this approach in a non-clinical setting and discover solution-focused language exercises and worksheets that you can take back to your financial counseling sessions or classrooms.