Memo FY08-09: Mandatory Financial Literacy Counseling

March 20, 2008
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OSFA Information Memorandum No. FY08-09
Distributed via Campus Announcements and Financial Aid Web Page


TO: University Students, Faculty, and Staff
FROM: Carlos Clark, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost for Student Financial Aid
DATE: March 14, 2008
RE: Mandatory Financial Literacy Counseling


Beginning fall 2008, before financial aid (i.e. scholarships, state aid, waivers, and federal aid) is awarded; financial aid recipients at Prairie View A&M University ARE REQUIRED to complete the web-based USA Funds “Life Skills” financial literacy modules each year.


The purposes for this policy are as follows:

  1. Improve student knowledge of the importance of good personal finance habits (i.e., How to develop a personal budget?);
  2. Improve student awareness of identity theft and how to prevent it;
  3. Explain the importance of maintaining a good credit score and assist students with understanding how to read their credit report;
  4. Reduce the University’s Federal Student Loan Cohort Default Rate (currently 11.4%).


  1. Go to;
  2. Go to the “Financial Literacy Program” section;
  3. Click on your classification for fall 2008. For example, if you are scheduled to be a junior beginning fall 2008 then you would click on “Undergraduates”
  4. Below the LOGIN button, click on “New User? Please Register”
  5. Provide necessary demographic information;
  6. Select appropriate classification (your classification for the fall 2008 semester);
  7. Please remember, before the AWARD HOLD is removed, you MUST COMPLETE ALL of the modules associated with your classification!
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