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Financial Literacy Counts

fin_grant3Higher One's Financial Literacy Grant Program for Colleges and Universities

Higher One is deeply committed to promoting financial literacy and ensuring that college students have the tools they need to effectively manage their money.  The purpose of Financial Literacy Counts is to help support financial literacy promotional programs and initiatives on college and university campuses.

2011 Awardees:

We had over 80 submissions for this year's Financial Literacy Counts Grant program. Submissions represented colleges and universities across the country. We are proud to announce that the following institutions are the 2011 awardees for the Financial Literacy Counts Grant program:

Jefferson Community and Technical College - Financial Literacy Count$
The Single Parent Student Organization (SPSO) will work with other student organizations representing all six of its campuses to produce student designed, directed, and produced videos.  Videos will include key information on a variety  of financial literacy topics relevant to students, and will be broadcast to all students via its college network.  Other outreach materials will also be created and distributed to students. 


Rivier College - Financial Literacy Program
Rivier College, in partnership with the Student Business Club plans a variety of financial literacy outreach activities including interactive Lunch and Learn sessions, FAST Facts newsletters, Tip of the Month and student workshops.  In addition, it will develop a one-credit financial literacy course in collaboration with its Business Department. 


Armstrong Atlantic State University - Financial Awareness Program
Grant funds will be used to enhance AASU’s Peer Financial Counseling (PFC) program through financial literacy workshops and a campus campaign. Students in its Hispanic Outreach and Leaderships and First Year Experience programs will be targeted.  Workshops will explore critical issues of budgeting, credit cards, credit reports and scores, identity theft and student loans. 


Piedmont Community College - Informing Students About Financial Freedom (ISAFF)
ISAFF will incorporate FDIC’s “Money Smart for Young Adults” financial education curriculum.  This program consists of eight highly-interactive modules designed to develop financial skills and positive financial relationships.  ISAFF will conduct bi-weekly 90 minute sessions which will include pre- and post-tests to measure progress of student knowledge.  Topics such as deposit and credit services, maintaining a checking account, spending and savings plan, using credit effectively, and using mobile financial applications will be covered. 


Keene State College - $treet $ense
Keene State College will augment its Financial Literacy Orientation program for incoming freshman.   The program itself is a game show titled $treet $ense,  a highly interactive active program that focuses on the topics of budgeting, credit cards, student loan debt and identity theft.  The game show includes several commercial breaks which are performed by students. These commercial messages focus on budgeting, using direct deposit for payroll and good management of student refunds. 


University of North Carolina at Pembroke - “For the Love of Money”
This program will be planned and facilitated by Students in Free Enterprise Members .  Incoming undergraduates will be engaged in a realistic financial decision-making simulation game during the mandatory Freshman Seminar course.  The simulation is designed to demonstrate to students the necessity of making well-informed and responsible decisions (e.g., budgeting; saving; investing) regarding their personal finances in order to maintain monetary stability. 


Adams State College - Adams State Money TV
The Money TV project represents a partnership between ASC’s Business faculty, the offices of Financial Aid, Student Engagement, and Communication, and ASC’s most active student organization – Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA/PBL).   These units will work together to make a series of 15-20 short (3-5 minute) but high quality student written and produced videos focusing on important topics in financial literacy - called Money TV.  Topics will include credit cards, student loans, budgeting and managing a bank account.  Videos will be broadcast via the institutions’ campus TV station posted on its website, and used to redesign the  financial literacy section of its First Year Seminar. 


The University of North Texas - Money Skills Learning Windows Project
This project will create “windows of learning” for student through a dynamic and diverse array of student-centered, student-driven financial literacy educational opportunities.  Students will learn basic money management skills from trained peers, known as Money Management Mentors, and be given the opportunity to attend a wide variety of interactive financial workshops and special programs conducted by the mentors during the Fall 2011 semester.  It will also include a Financial Literacy Counts incentive component.


We hope you will continue your efforts to promote the importance of this issue to your students, and encourage you to reapply next year pending funding availability.  In addition, please visit Higher One's financial literacy blog One for Your Money which provides free money management resources and tools for college students.

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