Day 1, Session 1 - 12:45-1:45

Student Financial Wellness Survey
Mr. Bryan Ashton, Vice President of Community Investment & Government Affairs at Trellis Company
Mr. Kasey Klepfer, Senior Research Analyst at Trellis Company

Trellis Company conducts this annual, nationwide student financial wellness survey to explore the connection between student finances and academic success. Trellis is a nonprofit company with origins in administering federal student loan programs and has nearly 40 years of experience working with students and higher education institutions to expand opportunities for students.

TASFAA Updates
Mrs. Delisa Falks, President of TASFAA and Assistant Vice President of Texas A&M Scholarships & Financial Aid

The Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (TASFAA) advances student access to higher education by providing professional development for its diverse members, advocating for informed public policies, and facilitating forums on financial aid topics.

Session 3 TBD

Day 1, Session 2 - 2:00-3:00

The Real World Classroom 
Mr. Brian Bean, President and Founder of Free Market Educational Services

Brian's Real World Classroom teaching model has been designed to help students learn the valuable lessons life has to offer about personal finance and decision making. This teaching model provides a learning experience where students have the opportunity to make some of life’s biggest decisions, with actual consequences, but in the safe environment of a classroom.

Session 2 TBD

Session 3 TBD

Day 1, Session 3 - 3:30-4:30

RAISE Texas 
Mr. Woody Widrow, Executive Director of RAISE Texas

RAISE Texas believes that financial education and other asset-building activities leads to increased economic security. Whether it’s IDAs (individual development accounts), children's savings accounts, alternative small dollar consumer loan products, children’s savings accounts, or the EITC (earned income tax credit), building financial success starts with knowledge. Therefore, RAISE Texas works to expand economic opportunity by supporting local, state and federal asset-building policies.

Session 2 TBD

Session 3 TBD

Day 2, Session 4 - 10:00-11:00

Web Accessible Financial Literacy: Supporting Students with Disabilities in Financial Education
Mr. Z.W. Taylor, Research Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin

On January 18, 2018, US Congress again re-amended Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to hold all Title-IV institutions of higher education to Level A and AA web accessibility standards for students with disabilities. This amendment was in response to hundreds of colleges and universities facing discrimination lawsuits over inaccessible web content and educational materials. As a result, this session will review research related to web accessibility and students with disabilities, and then provide best practices for creating accessible web content and financial education materials for students with disabilities.

Session 2 TBD

Session 3 TBD

Day 2, Session 5 - 11:15-12:15

Better Business Bureau 
Ms. Lauren Galley, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau

In order to better serve the community, the Better Business Bureau offers presentations on critical topics such as Youth and Ethics, Scams, and Frauds, Identity Theft, and more. These services are free and available upon request to schools, colleges, associations, and other organizations.

Session 2 TBD

Session 3 TBD


Texas Association of Collegiate Financial Education Professionals 


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