Heather Hall, BRTC Student, was the winner of a contest conducted through the Department of Student Services to coincide with Financial Literacy Month, according to Drew Garland, Default Management Coordinator. “We wanted to focus the month of April on topics that would be beneficial to all students, so we emailed information to all students as well as posted the information on Moodle and around campus each week,” explained Garland. “To get students involved, we developed a contest, and students who participated were entered in a drawing for a gift from the BRTC Bookstore.”
Students participated by reading the emails, which generated a reply to Garland, responding on Moodle, and completing a survey at the end of the month. Topics that were covered included: Strategies to Save Money, Setting Financial Goals, How to Avoid Identity Theft, Tips on Achieving Goals, and Creating a Personal Budget.
“Our goal was to show our students the importance of Financial Literacy here at BRTC and provide ways to establish and maintain healthy financial habits,” said Garland. “My hope is that students will use the information not only for personal finances, but also for their educational loans. With the student loan default rate on the rise in the United States, many new processes are being implemented within the Financial Aid Department that focus on our students, their financial well-being, and, ultimately, lowering our default rate.”