Students need financial guidance at every step along the path toward higher education. They need help in learning how to manage their money, pay for college, repay their student loans, and build a solid foundation for their financial future.
Particularly with the unprecedented rise in student loan debt, it's critical that today's students be well educated about financial issues. They must take full advantage of financial aid programs, borrow wisely, be credit savvy, and make it across the finish line of student loan repayment.
That's what led to the creation of the TG Student Financial Education Program. We built this robust curriculum of modules to positively influence the financial behaviors of students and families. The focus of the program is to help learners build a basic level of knowledge to manage day-to-day challenges and reach their financial goals leading up to, during, and after attainment of higher education.
Is your institution interested in providing these modules to the students you serve? If so, TG provides extensive resources and support. Read on to learn more about the program and how we share it with fellow college access and success professionals.
TG offers the TG Student Financial Education Program, including print materials, at no cost to Texas secondary and postsecondary institutions. Certain Texas community-based organizations with missions that focus on college access and success may also be eligible. Current institutions and organizations outside of Texas that have already been trained on the program will retain access to the program's materials online. Contact your TG Student Financial Education Consultant for more details.
Structure of the Program
The interactive TG Student Financial Education Program provides "ready-to-roll" training materials so college access and success professionals can offer those they serve a high-quality financial education training event with minimal effort. The program's modules are designed to be conceptually "sticky," which means that the material is presented in small chunks of memorable content. The TG Student Financial Education Program also covers a range of topics — such as applying for financial aid, enrolling in community college, saving and investing, building spending plans, meeting college costs, and repaying student loans successfully.
Strategies for gaining and holding attention include frequent guided interaction (about every 90 seconds), a high visuals-to-text ratio, and animated graphics. The modules can be mixed and matched in different combinations.
Generally, each module contains:
- A 15-minute presentation and speaker script
- A workbook for each participant (including a section for notes, FAQs, a glossary, and a list of suggested resources for further study)
- A 15-to-20-minute activity (to reinforce learning objectives introduced in the presentation)
- A program evaluation form (to be completed by each participant)
So how do you get started? We train you to offer the program's modules to aspiring or current college students (and their families), and provide you with access to materials that complement the modules. We do this through a Train-the-Trainer program, available either in person for a group or online via webinar.
- In person: For a group of professionals who would like to be trained to be able to use TG's modules, we can come to your site and deliver the training in person.
- Webinar: For one or more professionals who would like to be trained to use TG's modules, every quarter TG will provide a series of scheduled webinars for all the modules.
TG Learning Center
Many TG Student Financial Education Program modules are also available online through the TG Learning Center. This online learning environment expands the program's reach, making the curriculum available for a broader audience. The TG Learning Center is an engaging training resource accessible via myTG℠, a central online portal for accessing TG products and resources. Once you are signed up to use the TG Learning Center, you can establish a learning plan and start directing students to take their financial education training online.
TG offers the TG Learning Center at no cost to Texas colleges, and to certain colleges outside of Texas that have borrowers with TG-guaranteed loans. Contact your TG Student Financial Education Consultant for more details.
For other questions related to TG Student Financial Education Program, contact TG at (800) 845-6267 or send an email message to StudentFinancialEd@tgslc.org.