How to reduce student loans by millions, one student at a time
Jason Webster, Indiana University School of Dentistry
Student loan debt is increasing rapidly among graduate professionals. I will cover strategies to reduce loan amounts borrowed by students. Incoming students now participate in a one-on-one budgeting session using a custom-built budget worksheet that masks maximum loan eligibility. The Class of 2020 was used as a benchmark to compare borrowing patterns with the Class of 2021 to see if there was a reduction in borrowing. Initial results showed a decrease in student borrowing by almost $3M.
Accessible Financial Wellness: Supporting Students With Disabilities on Financial Wellness Websites
Zach Taylor, The University of Texas at Austin
After the 2018 amendment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, all Title-IV participating institutions must publish web accessible websites for students with disabilities. This hands-on session will describe web accessibility, explain web accessibility standards, and teach attendees how to write web accessible financial wellness information on websites. As a result, financial wellness programs will adhere to federal law and support students with disabilities.
HARD HATS REQUIRED! Financial Wellness Programs Construction Zone
Amy Nelson, University of Nevada, Reno
Paul Goebel, The University of North Texas
Campuses that have constructed financial wellness programs for their students have become the unexpected beneficiaries of less-stressed, more successful students. Learn from the leaders of two financial wellness programs affiliated with the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of North Texas who are in different stages of constructing programs on foundations of “student success” and “financial wellness.” Safety glasses and steel-toed shoes optional.
Financial Wellness as a Holistic Approach: Learn How to Make It Work for Students!
Cori Splain, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Greg Offerman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Alyssa Geldernick, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Learn how a large, decentralized campus leverages existing resources to ensure that students receive well-rounded financial wellness curriculum and support while on-campus. We will share how we established a Financial Wellness Working Group on our campus and developed a holistic campus-wide philosophy to support students. Discover how you can partner with other campus entities to ensure that students’ needs are met and that important information is shared to students in a variety of spaces.
The Art of Presenting / Telling Your Program Story
Colin Ryan, comedic financial speaker
While we have plenty of expertise around WHAT our audience needs to know, we aren’t always trained HOW to say it so they feel empowered to take the next step. Colin will share presenting techniques (humor, storytelling, interactivity, vulnerability) that you can teach your financial education presenters and peer mentors. We’ll also explore creative ways to tell your program story to build support for your work, get more funding, and increase turnout at your events.