Live Like a Student

We encourage all students to Live Like a Student now so you don't have to later. To help students live like a college student, the Student Loan Education Office is available to counsel students on personal finance basics. Counseling is available in a confidential, one-on-one environment with a Financial Literacy adviser. Financial Literacy advisers are available to discuss budgeting, money management, personal credit, debt management and responsible use of student loans and other personal credit.

Live Like a Student Award

The Student Loan Education Office, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid, will offer ten $2,500 (a total of $25,000) awards per academic year (fall/spring) to students who meet with an adviser to complete counseling for Entrance Loan Counseling, Exit Loan Counseling, Private Student Loan Counseling or one of the other personal finance topics listed above. One student from each grade level (undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, senior and graduate/professional) will be selected at random each fall and spring semester for the award. Five awards will be made at the conclusion of fall semester and five awards will be made at the conclusion of spring semester

In order to be considered for one of the awards, the student must meet with a Financial Literacy adviser or Financial Aid adviser to complete one of the required loan counseling sessions, create a budget or financial plan for college or discuss options to reduce their debt including student and other consumer debts through the Live Like a Student counseling initiative. A student may be considered up to three times per year if the student continues to meet with an adviser throughout the same academic year.

A student can only receive one award per academic year.

If selected, the award will be added to the student’s financial aid award for that specific award year to help reduce the student's indebtedness. The award will not be based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA but will need to stay within the cost of attendance guidelines. The selected student must be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to receive the award. Student athletes are not eligible to receive this award. The odds of receiving the award in any given academic year will depend on the number of times a student visits the Student Loan Education Office to complete a qualified counseling session as well as the total number of students who have also completed a qualified counseling session. The selected students will be notified at the end of each semester.