ICFE eNEWS #11-27 - July 12, 2011
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Debt relief for college students - StudentDebtHelp.org
Help college students and parents with debt: visit ICFE's new Website

Money Management Web Portal created for Students, Parents
and Educators re-launched by ICFE.

The Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE), based in San Diego has re-launched The California Student Debt Resource and Awareness Project's (CASDRAP) comprehensive online portal, StudentDebtHelp.org (SDH).

SDH is designed to improve financial literacy among college, university and other post-secondary students. At the SDH web site students, parents and college educators/administrators can access a rich trove of money management Resources.

Students logging on to StudentDebtHelp.org find a wealth of useful information on budgeting, credit, financing an education, insurance, housing and transportation. It provides important insights about the challenges of money management and great advice if students find themselves in financial trouble.

StudentDebtHelp.org

Parents may use the website to assist in plans for financing their children's higher education, in addition to helping students tackle budgeting and building a good credit history.

Educators/administrators find classroom material on money management and support for lowering student loan delinquency and default rates. The approach throughout the web site is practical, the writing straightforward and to the point.

CASDRAP/SDH consisted of college and university administrators, non-profit financial education/consumer credit counseling organizations and student lending and guarantee entities. It got its start at San Diego State University. The timing of the Web site development coincided with the implementation of Assembly Bill 521, the Student Financial Responsibility Act (Koretz), which mandates that financial education be provided at California state universities and other California campuses as part of new student orientation programs. The California Legislature enacted the law in 2002. Initial funding for the site's development was provided through EDSHARE, a three-year grant program from EDFUND, the nation's second largest provider of student loan guarantee services under the Federal Family Education Loan Program. Funding from those sources had evaporated and SDH went dormant. Then, CASDRAP charter member, the Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE.info) assumed sole sponsorship of the web site and re-launched it in June 2011.

Student Debt Help was presented at a national conference of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). The session, titled Financial Literacy Resources for College Students, Parent, and Educators/Administrators, provided the opportunity to share its website StudentDebtHelp.org with a national audience. The session reviewed the reasons for the growing problem of student debt among post-secondary students including the rise of the cost of education, increased use of credit cards, and poor financial literacy, as well as how SDH addressed this problem.

One of the more popular features on the SDH website is the Ask MrG Financial Library. Jim Garnett of Ankeny, IA, is the "Mr. G." behind the AskMrG Library. He brings more than thirty years experience in financial counseling to each of the nearly 200 articles.

The website is constantly expanding and adding new Resources. Feedback from users is always welcomed. Educators and other professionals are invited to submit resource links for StudentDebtHelp.org

 


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Sent by:

Paul S. Richard
President - Executive Director
Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE)

About the ICFE:

The Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE) was founded in 1982 by the late Loren Dunton (creator of the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation).  The ICFE is dedicated to helping consumers of all ages to improve their spending, increase savings and use credit more wisely. 
The ICFE is an award winning, nonprofit, consumer education organization that has helped millions of people through its education programs and Resources. It publishes the Do-It-Yourself Credit File correction Guide, which is updated annually. The ICFE has distributed over one million Credit/Debit Card Warning Labels and Credit/Debit Card Sleeves world wide.

The ICFE became an official partner with the Department of Defense/Financial Readiness Campaign in June of 2004.The ICFE was an active partner in the California Student Debt Resource Awareness Project (CASDRAP) which resulted in a new web site: (studentdebthelp.org).  CASDRAP disbanded in 2010, shortly after the web site project was completed.  In 2011 the ICFE assumed the single sponsorship of the (studentdebthelp.org) web site and is now responsible for its content and operation.

The ICFE is also an on-line help for consumers who spend too much.  ICFE's spending help was featured in PARADE Magazine in the Intelligence Report section. The money helps and tips are from the ICFE's Money Instruction Book, our course in personal finance.

Visit the ICFE's other web sites at: www.financial-education-icfe.org and studentdebthelp.org.  Both sites helps consumers and students with mending spending, learning about the proper use of credit, budget and expense guidelines, how to set up and implement a spending-plan and also how to access financial education courses and how to teach children about money. Other ICFE services include: Ask Mr. G,  a free eNews, and an online resource center for students, parents and educators, plus financial education learning tools and a book store.

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