Presentation on theme: "A Financial Literacy Program $uccessful Start EASFAA 43 rd Annual Conference Washington, DC May 17 th – 20 th, 2009 John Brown Boston College."— Presentation transcript:
A Financial Literacy Program $uccessful Start EASFAA 43 rd Annual Conference Washington, DC May 17 th – 20 th, 2009 John Brown Boston College
Session Topics Reasons for Financial Literacy Assistance Program Start Up Financial Topics Campus Involvement Focus Groups Communication Program Evaluation Logistics
Session Resources LibraryLibrary Trio ProgramTrio Program Similar programs at Colleges/UniversitiesSimilar programs at Colleges/Universities Resourceful Web SitesResourceful Web Sites Boston College Web SiteBoston College Web Site
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John’s Top Ten Reasons to Offer Financial Literacy Workshops
10) Low credit scores result in higher interest rates on future mortgages, loans or credit cards and possible loan denial. 9) Student debt in the U.S. is now over $500 billion. 8) College students are not prepared to manage their personal finances. 7) Parents are not providing the financial experiences students need. 6) Student Loan Default rate has gone from 5.2 percent to 6.9 percent according to DOE.
5) Higher education is slow in responding to students’ need for financial education. 4) Rates of financial stress are significantly higher for minority and first generation college students. 3) There is an uneven delivery and availability of personal finance services. 2) The average student loan debt surpasses $20,000 and over $88,000 for Law Students. 1) Over 33% of college students graduate with $10,000 or more in credit card debt over and above student loans.
Current Student Issues
Brainstorm Survey Student Body Early promotion of presentations to students Support from Administration Session topics Presenters –External Partners - Vendors –Faculty and Staff The Start to our Success
Campus Communication University awareness by publishing an article in campus newspaper read by Faculty and Staff. Encourage the Student Newspaper staff to write articles about the $uccessful Start Program. Post Billboards and flyers around campus for additional exposure.
Worried About Debt After College? Are You Confused About Your Financial Future? Are You Looking For Some Guidance? Sponsored by the Office of Student Services will be hosting “Building Your Financial Future” Tuesday, March 24 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in Walsh Function Room Join us for Food, Fun, and Prizes! The workshop is limited to 50 people R.S.V.P. to: $uccessful Start BC’s Financial Literacy Program
Topics for Sessions Budgeting Credit Credit Cards Debt Management Student Loan Consolidation Loan Management Personal Finance Investments Career Counseling Job Interviews
We are training student volunteers in the Business School to participate in 1 on 1 sessions with our students and/or employees interested in receiving financial counseling. Our Business School students are always looking for projects and our $uccessful Start program is an ideal fit for them.
Focus Groups We have utilized our Undergraduate School of Management Students to help in this endeavor.We have utilized our Undergraduate School of Management Students to help in this endeavor. They have searched out Focus Groups for us and have invited them to participate.They have searched out Focus Groups for us and have invited them to participate. Students seem to respond to their peers as opposed to faculty or administration trying to impose the program on them.Students seem to respond to their peers as opposed to faculty or administration trying to impose the program on them.
B C Brochure Click on: Brochure Brochure for an example of how we promote our program at Boston College.
Logistics Obtaining Classroom Space Audio/Video Equipment Door prizes or give a ways Pizza/Refreshments Handouts Evaluations Classroom Aides
$uccessful Start Evaluation 1)Which $uccessful Start session did you attend? _____________________________ 2)Was interaction with the speaker encouraged? Yes or No 3)Did you receive handouts? Yes or No 4)Are they useful to you Yes or No 5)Name one or two of the most important things you learned at today’s session._______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ 6)Was the room comfortable and conducive to learning?Yes or No 7)Will you recommend these sessions to your classmates? Yes or No If no, please explain. _____________________________________________________ 8)We offer workshops on Budgeting and Money Management, Credit Management evaluation and repair, taxes, and consolidation. Would you be interested in any of the following topics for future workshops? Financial Planning Identity Theft Home Buying Financial Aid Basics Car Buying Social Security Other ______________________________________________________________________ 9) What is your class year? FreshmanSophomore Junior Senior Grad Student Law Student 10) Additional Comments about your experience with the $uccessful Start program. ______________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________
Library Create a well rounded source of information for your students.Create a well rounded source of information for your students. A library with periodicals, magazines, relevant books on financial matters.A library with periodicals, magazines, relevant books on financial matters. Have $uccessful Start resources located in Reference Section of your main Library.Have $uccessful Start resources located in Reference Section of your main Library.
If your college or university has a TRIO program, effective August 2008, the New Higher Education Act requires by law that you must offer your TRIO students a Financial Counseling Program. TRIO PROGRAMS
TRIO PROGRAMS cont. Examples of currently established Trio programs –Educational Opportunity Centers Program. –Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program. –Talent Search Program –Upward Bound –Veterans Upward Bound
Educational Institutions Currently Providing Financial Literacy Program Boston CollegeCalifornia State Univ. Plymouth State Univ. Iowa State Univ. Suffolk Un Law School Bowling Green State Univ. Texas Tech Univ.The Ohio State Univ. Univ. of Alabama Univ. of Georgia Univ. of Minnesota Univ. of North Texas Univ. of Pittsburgh Univ. of Virginia Univ. of Washington Georgetown Univ. Law New York Law SchoolVirginia Tech
Educational Institutions Currently Providing Financial Literacy (cont.) Brigham, Young Univ.Univ. of Missouri Univ of Arizona Univ. of Rhode Island Wright State Univ. Univ. of Wisconsin Auburn Univ.Utah State Univ. Midwestern Univ. Stanford Univ. Montana State Univ. Spelman College Northeastern IL. Univ. Univ. of Hawaii Univ. of Iowa Temple University
Financial Literacy and College Success This web site provides contact information and data on many of the colleges and universities that are providing Financial Literacy Programs. Get_Financially_Fit_Education_Pro gram_ListGet_Financially_Fit_Education_Pro gram_List
Valuable Web Sites neysmart/index.htmlwww.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/mo neysmart/index.html arningcenter/index.htmlwww.mastercard.com/us/personal/en/le arningcenter/index.html
Additional Web Sites
National Student Loan Program NSLP’s Financial Literacy Symposium.url
40 Money Management Tips
The Money Conference for Women Massachusetts State Treasurer, Tim Cahill sponsors a program each year specifically geared to women covering a myriad of financial information.
External Sources for Packaged Financial Literacy Programs mer/moneysmart/index.htmlwww.fdic.gov/consumers/consu mer/
PowerPoint Presentations to consider North Texas State, a forerunner in promoting financial literacy on campus. The NASFA July 2008 Conference by the National Endowment for Financial Education another good presentation. Ed Fund has an great PowerPoint Presentation Go to their web site at
Valuable Web site Citizens Bank Tip Sheets for Students and Parents This is a great site for Early Intervention with great information for students prior to entering college.
Boston College Site Our web site for our financial literacy program is located at:
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Measuring Our Success Successful Start Evaluations have consistently generated extremely positive responses. Participation average is 27 students per session with a FY 2010 goal increase in attendance to 40 per session. Over 50 workshops have been offered to date with multiple repeat attendees. The Boston College Community is now very aware of our presence on campus.
What’s Next? Our next program phase is to make contact with our graduates who attended our financial literacy workshops and collect feedback from them. Is what they learned helping them post graduation? Another goal is to get our School of Management Students and our Committee involved at the local high schools and begin offering programs at the high school level.
Thank you for attending and please consider implementing a financial literacy program to help secure the financial stability of your students. John G. Brown Boston College Student Services Lyons Hall Rm 111 Chestnut Hill, MA Tel: