Attigo Connects Newsletter
March 2019 │ Issue 3

In This Issue

  • Spring Into Financial Wellness with a Student Debt Letter

  • Read our Latest Blog Posts

  • SmartSessions™ Training – Knowledge Springboard

  • Join Ascendium™ at a Conference Near You

  • Let Us Know How We Can Help

Spring Into Financial Wellness with a Student Debt Letter

Spring is ComingI don’t know about you, but here in the Midwest we’re welcoming spring with wide… open… arms! To the Attigo team, the first day of spring not only means warmer weather is coming, but also that April and financial literacy month are not far behind.

Financial literacy lessons (online like GradReady or classroom based) are an important part of student success programming. They teach students about topics like budgeting, credit, and how to pay for school. One challenge we've often heard though, is how to move beyond a curriculum and apply those lessons to real-world scenarios. That’s where student debt letters come in.

A student debt letter translates annual borrowing into long-term payments. It helps students make the connection between future income and future expenses, and see the impact of interest on total loan cost. Indeed it can be an eye-opening experience, but it's also an opportunity to employ budgeting,  strategic enrollment, and more responsible borrowing.

Debt letters are a valuable tool for any financial literacy program because they have the potential to shape a student’s decisions as they move through school. And that’s exactly why state legislators have passed, and are legislating, laws that require higher education institutions to send annual indebtedness communication.

CurrentCollege Cost Meterly there are 12 states requiring student debt letters, five (CA, OR, TX, VA, WA) are facing looming deadlines for initial compliance. If you’re based in one of these states, and haven't set your plan in place, we're here to help. Our team can get you up and running with College Cost Meter in just a few weeks.

If you’re in a state that doesn't require a debt letter, I encourage you to consider this tool. And, perhaps in honor of financial literacy month take the steps to implement a customized indebtedness communication as part of your overarching student success programming. With College Cost Meter we've made it easy and very affordable. 

If you’re interested in learning more about student debt letters:

Have a great week, enjoy the national warm-up and remember as you embark on financial literacy month, we're here to help. Don't hesitate to reach out.

Beth Erickson

Vice President Repayment Solutions

Read Our Latest Blog Posts

SmartSessions–Knowledge Springboard

In honor of financial literacy month, please join us at Present Day Engagement: Connecting your Gen Z’s with Financial sessions Historical events and social trends have shaped each generations’ beliefs and behaviors. Over the past decade, research and discussions have focused on understanding millennials, however Generation Zs are now as old as 21 and are very different from their predecessor. Join us to learn how to connect with your Gen Z students using present-day engagement tools and strategies.

Our News & Events page lists additional SmartSessions including:

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Join Ascendium at a Conference Near You 

AscendiumOur team looks forward to seeing you at spring conferences across the country. Remember, we’ll be in the Ascendium booth.

  • 5/5-8: Eastern Association of Financial Aid Administrators
  • 5/8-10: Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators
  • 5/20-23: Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • 5/21-24: Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Let Us Know How We Can Help

Attigo’s best and brightest are here to answer questions and accept feedback to better support the student success community. Please reach out and let us know how we can help you achieve your goals.

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