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  1. 1. DEFAULT AVERSION INITIATIVES - Part 1 Peer Financial Counseling Program Beth Keifer Post-secondary Education Assistance Corporation Amy Pilcher National Endowment for Financial Education High School Financial Planning Program Manju Tanwar University of Georgia Student Coordinator for Peer Financial Counseling Program
  2. 2. Idea for PFC <ul><li>Need for financial education on college campuses </li></ul><ul><li>University wide exposure for FACS and HACE </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize Cooperative Extension resources </li></ul><ul><li>Great experience for undergraduates: peer-to-peer </li></ul>
  3. 3. PFC Mission <ul><li>To educate college students about the basics of personal finance. </li></ul><ul><li>PFC accomplishes its mission by using volunteers from the university to disseminate timely and important information about personal finance education. </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: To reduce student loan default rates and raise student awareness of personal finance. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Program Start Up <ul><li>MIOCB on Coopex’s Web site (publication, lesson guide, ppt) </li></ul><ul><li>GSFC brought dollars and expansion </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cooperative Effort <ul><li>FACS Cooperative Extension </li></ul><ul><li>HACE </li></ul><ul><li>GSFC </li></ul><ul><li>OSFA </li></ul><ul><li>Equifax </li></ul><ul><li>CCCS </li></ul>
  6. 6. Student Committee Members <ul><li>Program Development and Implementation by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HACE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research / Evaluation </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Lesson Development <ul><li>MIOCB: Cooperative Extension </li></ul><ul><li>Savings & Investing: Coopex </li></ul><ul><li>Credit & Debt: Equifax </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid: OSFA </li></ul>
  8. 8. Lesson Contents <ul><li>Publication </li></ul><ul><li>Power Point presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Handouts </li></ul><ul><li>Case Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>
  9. 9. STRENGTHS OF THE PROGRAM <ul><li>Strong grass roots base </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of enthusiasm from the student volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Strong knowledge about the topics </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to related to the intended audience </li></ul>
  10. 10. WEAKNESSES OF THE PROGRAM <ul><li>Poor communication with/between leaders </li></ul><ul><li>No clear timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to keep the momentum going </li></ul><ul><ul><li>high turnover from semester to semester </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>other commitments </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. WHAT WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY <ul><li>Outline time frame and expectations from the start </li></ul><ul><li>Know the budget from the start </li></ul>
  12. 12. WHAT NOW <ul><li>Training manual with graphic design people </li></ul><ul><li>Website being reviewed </li></ul><ul><li>Brochures printed </li></ul><ul><li>Training later this semester </li></ul><ul><li>Statewide launch Fall 2001 </li></ul>
  13. 13. SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE PROGRAMS <ul><li>Find a department at university that teaches financial management </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize cooperative extension resources </li></ul><ul><li>Customize statistics to your state or university </li></ul>
  14. 14. SUGGESTIONS CONTINUED <ul><li>Find advisor that has time as well as interest in the program </li></ul><ul><li>If have more than one advisor have clear definitions for what each is responsible for </li></ul><ul><li>Utilized other groups interested in students and debt management </li></ul>
  15. 16. Who wants to be a Southern-aire? A C D B Question #2 In Gainesville, Georgia it is illegal to eat this food with a fork. Peaches Chicken Road Kill Turkey

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