Great Lakes Free SmartSessions for April

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April 2014 SmartSessions

The Student Loan View from the Credit Reporting Cycle

The choices borrowers make with their student loansundefinedboth positive and negativeundefinedare reflected on their credit reports. Do you know how to explain the credit reporting cycle to your students? This session will walk through the credit reporting cycle to demonstrate the effects of timely loan payments, as well as the impact of delinquency and default on long term credit history. Attend this session to learn ways for educating your students.    

Specific topics covered include:

  • ·         How and when loans are reported to the credit bureaus
  • ·         The impact on a borrower’s credit report based on their repayment plan and status
  • ·         Strategies for educating borrowers to improve their financial health

April 10th @ 12:00 PM, Eastern time

The Student Loan View from the Credit Reporting Cycle

April 29th @ 3:00 PM, Eastern time

The Student Loan View from the Credit Reporting Cycle

Checks and Balances: Help Students Budget More and Borrow Less

Budgeting is not fun but it is crucial to financial success. Do you know how to teach your students to budget wisely for long term financial health? During this session we’ll show you ways to encourage your students to budget carefully, manage spending, and prepare for financial emergencies. We’ll also provide resources that you can share with your students to help them develop responsible money skills.

Specific topics covered include:

  • ·         How to develop a budget and common stumbling blocks
  • ·         Ways to curb spending
  • ·         How to minimize loan debt

April 15th @ 3:00 PM, Eastern time

Checks and Balances: Help Students Budget More and Borrow Less

April 22nd @ 12:00 PM, Eastern time

Checks and Balances: Help Students Budget More and Borrow Less

Preparing Graduate and Professional Students for a Fiscally Sound Future

  • Upon graduation, professional students often juggle family life and job searches, in addition to managing student loan debt.  Do you know how to help them plan for a fiscally sound future? Graduate and professional students need targeted financial counseling because their needs are different from your undergraduate students.  Learn how you can further your students' financial knowledge to ensure they'll be prepared for a fiscally sound future.
  • Specific topics covered include:
  • ·         Specific repayment challenges faced by graduate and professional students
  • ·         Skills needed for financial management           
  • ·         Techniques for educating your graduate and professional borrowers
  • April 17th @ 3:00 PM, Eastern time
  • April 23rd @ 12:00 PM, Eastern time

Student Employment: A Whole Different Class

Student employment provides a valuable resource to both the campus and the student. Does your office know how to maximize this resource? Attend this webinar to learn about the benefits you can reap from your student employment office, regulations for using Federal Work Study, and techniques for improving the overall student experience.

Specific topics covered include:

  • ·         The benefits of student employment
  • ·         The core components of the Federal Work-Study Program
  • ·         Ways to maximize efficiency
  • ·         Best Practices to Improve Your Program

April 16th @ 12:00 PM, Eastern time

Student Employment: A Whole Different Class

April 23rd @ 3:00 PM, Eastern time

Student Employment: A Whole Different Class

Transitioning from Grace to Repayment: Maximize the Opportunity

During their grace period, students should plan for successful repayment. You can help maximize this planning period through strategic outreach and communication.  During this session, we will show you how Great Lakes communicates with borrowers during grace, review the various repayment options available to students, and share ideas for outreach efforts that you can implement at your institution.

Specific topics covered include:

  • ·         Examples of correspondence Great Lakes sends to borrowers during grace
  • ·         Repayment options: finding the right fit
  • ·         Suggestions for outreach and communications that work for your borrowers

April 2nd @ 3:00 PM, Eastern time

Transitioning from Grace to Repayment: Maximize the Opportunity

April 17th @ 12:00 PM, Eastern time

Transitioning from Grace to Repayment: Maximize the Opportunity

FERPA: Interpreting the Intricacies

Protecting student privacy is paramount. Understand what needs to be included in your school’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) policy and gain a working knowledge of how to ensure FERPA privacy requirements are met in real-world scenarios. Consider this course not just an introduction to the basics of FERPA, but also an in-depth guide to understanding the rights of students and their parents regarding student education records. The materials presented have been vetted by our privacy specialists to ensure that you get the most accurate and comprehensive assistance available.

Specific topics covered include:

  • ·         Review of final rules
  • ·         Student and parent rights and FERPA
  • ·         Right to access, review, and amend an education record
  • ·         Compliance, complaints, and enforcement

April 9th @ 12:00 PM, Eastern time

FERPA: Interpreting the Intricacies

Consumer Information Requirements

Increased attention being paid to transparency in higher education has resulted in recent changes to consumer information regulations. This session will help you maintain compliance with a review of existing and new consumer information requirements.

Specific topics covered include:

  • Overview of basic consumer information requirements
  • Loan counseling
  • Misrepresentation
  • Campus security

April 3rd @ 12:00 PM, Eastern time

Consumer Information Requirements

April 22nd @ 3:00 PM, Eastern time

Consumer Information Requirements

Satisfactory Academic Progress: Moving Students in the Right Direction

To be eligible for FSA funds, a student must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP), and schools must have a reasonable policy for monitoring that progress. Learn the basics of the SAP policy and how it affects you. This session will review the requirements so you can respond to your students’ needs and move them toward successfully completing the program for which they are receiving aid.

Specific topics covered include:

  • Understanding institutional requirements
  • Identifying student eligibility requirements
  • Appreciating the differences between qualitative and quantitative components
  • Exploring consumer information requirements

April 8th @ 12:00 PM, Eastern time

Satisfactory Academic Progress: Moving Students in the Right Direction

April 16th @ 3:00 PM, Eastern time

Satisfactory Academic Progress: Moving Students in the Right Direction

Loan Repayment Strategies Part 1:  Help your Students Choose the Right Plan for Success

There are many repayment options available to help students plan for and successfully repay their student loans. Do you know which plans are right for your students? Research indicates that borrowers are more likely to successfully repay loans when they have selected a plan that fits their needs. This webinar will illustrate for you which of the seven repayment plans, including consolidation, will help them enter and successfully complete the repayment process.

Specific topics covered include:

          The 8 available repayment plans – who qualifies and how?

          Pros and cons of each plan

          Borrower scenarios to help you with your loan counseling

          Techniques for helping your students develop a repayment strategy

April 24th @ 3:00 PM, Eastern time

Loan Repayment Strategies Part 1:  Help your Students Choose the Right Plan for Success

April 29th @ 12:00 PM, Eastern time

Loan Repayment Strategies Part 1:  Help your Students Choose the Right Plan for Success

Loan Repayment Strategies Part 2:  Understanding Forgiveness, Forbearance, and Deferment

During the loan lifecycle, students may need to use the available Forgiveness, Forbearance, and Deferment Options as part of a successful repayment strategy.  Do you know how to counsel students about when and how they can and should use these options? This webinar will help you understand how students qualify for these borrower options and when they provide the most benefit to their successful repayment strategy.

Specific topics covered include:

          Understanding deferment, forbearance, and forgiveness options

          Pros and cons of each option

          Borrower scenarios to help you with your loan counseling

          Techniques for helping your students develop a repayment strategy

April 9th @ 3:00 PM, Eastern time

Loan Repayment Strategies Part 2:  Understanding Forgiveness, Forbearance, and Deferment

April 15th @ 12:00 PM, Eastern time

Loan Repayment Strategies Part 2:  Understanding Forgiveness, Forbearance, and Deferment

Great Lakes Default Management Tools: Learn, Access, Implement

Staying in touch with borrowers who are struggling with repayment can help you minimize your cohort default rate.  Great Lakes tools can help you with these important outreach efforts. This session will show you how to use our Borrowers at Risk report and Delinquency Letter Tool to connect with former students and steer them away from default. You’ll also learn how schools have successfully tackled specific default challenges using our tools.

April 30th @ 12:00 PM, Eastern time

Great Lakes Default Management Tools: Learn, Access, Implement

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