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Three Ways to Include Students in your Financial Literacy Programming

Posted February 5, 2016 by Raven Newberry

When planning on how to engage students with financial literacy, it might be helpful to just ask one. Incorporating student perspectives into your programming can help strengthen your campaign’s effectiveness. CashCourse highlights three ways you can collaborate with students on financial education.

1. Peer mentor programs
Peer mentor programs empower students to share their own experiences and financial knowledge with each other. Getting advice from another student resonates more than hearing that same advice in a lecture setting. Peer mentor programs do require training and time, but the pay-off can be more than worth it. University of North Texas’ peer mentor program is a great example of the results these programs can provide.

2. Partnering with student organizations
Financial literacy campaigns that include cross-campus partnerships help create a campus of financial literacy. When looking for potential partners, you might consider a student organization. A partnership could tap into a motivated group of students with great ideas and more manpower for events. Consider groups that might already have an interest in financial literacy. This could include finance clubs, student government, or campus activities boards.

3. Student financial literacy committees 
Creating a dedicated student financial literacy committee can help fuel ideas and give an outlet to interested students. This committee could help plan programming, lead workshops, and get the word out peer-to-peer. For inspiration, read about University of Wyoming’s student-led financial literacy.

Programs that incorporate student perspectives can be very effective. Want to learn more about how other schools are using CashCourse? Read our success stories for more profiles on schools that use student perspectives.