Students and faculty will soon have a new resource to improve their financial well-being.

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will unveil its new Dollars and Sense Program at Campus Connections I on Aug. 18 with the intent to help students make better financial decisions while in school and after.

“We are still in the beginning stages, but we are gearing up to promote the program through interactive social media,” said Scholarships and Financial Aid Assistant Director Andrea Orndorff. “By this I mean, we have a Facebook page and Instagram set up and we plan to post daily in an attempt to provide requested information about financial wellness, and to have students interact with us, and really tell us what they are struggling with and what they need assistance with.”

On the Facebook page for example, each day has a theme from the classic “Throwback Thursdays” to “Self-free Saturdays” where people post selfies of themselves at free events recommended on the page. These contrast the more informational themes, such as “Finance Fridays” with posts dedicated to budgeting.

“What we’re trying to do with the program is create an environment where students can, and everybody can, get information to make smart choices, not just in college, but beyond,” said Scholarships & Financial Aid Senior Associate Director Michelle Thompson.

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July marks an exciting time for Parents & Families Services with many new changes on the horizon.

Starting for the first time this academic year, all families will have access to the Parents and Families Association with no additional charges thanks to PFS’ continued collaboration with the Office of New Student Programs. The Parents and Families Association provides access to all of the resources provided by the office of PFS such as print and electronic newsletters, emergency communications, social media, invitations to events and membership in the VIP program, which includes discounts for a variety of services.

PFS also made it easier for parents to personalize the parent portal in MyPack Portal. All parents whose students provide them with access to the parent portal can now independently update and manage their own contact information and that of any affiliated family members.

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