Establishing a Peer Program at a Community College
Karen Serna, Austin Community College
Ayeesha Green, Austin Community College
Most well-rounded financial wellness programs on campus include engaging peers as mentors, coaches, or counselors. There are many model peer programs at four year institutions; however, the unique characteristics of community college students doesn’t allow for a 4-year model to be easily replicated at a 2-year institution. Now recruiting for our sixth cohort of Peer Money Mentors, we will share how we are engaging students in financial literacy programming at our community college.
Financial Wellness "ROI" Building Measurable Financial Wellness Initiatives
Sara Wilson, Student Connections
Michele Wedel, IUPUI
This interactive session will review how schools can develop strategic financial wellness programs that have success measures built in by using national datasets and lessons learned from student feedback across the country. Participants will leave the session with a blueprint to follow when designing and implementing a measurable campus financial wellness program at their institutions.
Responsible Borrowing Initiatives
Bob Collins, Western Governors University (WGU)
Heather Boren, Western Governors University (WGU)
The early success of WGU’s RBI program relies on a premise of behavioral economics. Discover more about WGU’s financial wellness program, including its student loan scenario calculator making the loan decision process more fluid, dynamic, and fun by introducing gaming technology. Also, learn about weaving a single source for searching institutional and external scholarships into the process, as well as encouraging students to access interactive financial literacy content online.
Enhancing and Scaling Programs on YOUR Campus
Kevin Sutton, SUNY Oneonta
Whether you have a new program or an existing one, this session will cover a comprehensive program on a campus with limited resources that you can bring directly to your campus. Presentations, Event materials (including the popular “Game of Life” style event), Course Syllabi, and more are all immediately accessible to use as templates at your institution. Whether you have a full department, one devoted individual, or a committee, this session will provide you with takeaways ready to implement!
Financial Literacy and Student Debt
Nikolaos Artavanis, Virginia Tech
Soumya Karra, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Using one of the largest-scale surveys in the literature we document low levels of financial literacy, particularly among female, minority, and first-generation students. Low-literacy undergraduates are more likely to significantly underestimate their future student loan payments and as a result they are more vulnerable to unexpected, adverse shocks on their payment-to-income ratios that can impair their future creditworthiness and undermine their ability to service debt post-graduation.
International Students & Financial Well-being: Implications for Education & Outreach
Andrea Pellegrini, University of Illinois System
The population of international students is growing rapidly. In order to better address international students' unique financial needs, the University of Illinois System Student Money Management Center initiated a 3 phase research project with the help of a team of undergraduate, data analysis interns (also international students). Join this session to learn how the results of this research can help you improve or build programming for international students.