Financial aid directors know the transformative power of higher education. But beyond securing a degree, we also have a responsibility to prepare students for post-grad life. One crucial component? Financial literacy. 

With 70% of graduates facing financial challenges impacting career decisions and overall well-being1, prioritizing financial education is essential. It can lead to lower student loan default rates, benefiting graduates, institutions, and the economy as a whole.

iGrad aims to become a champion for financial literacy, equipping students with essential skills for lifelong success beyond graduation. We will explore how iGrad can implement impactful financial literacy initiatives, ensuring graduates leave not just with a degree but with the knowledge and confidence to conquer their financial future.

The Current Landscape of Financial Literacy

A mere 49% of young adults, as reported by the National Financial Educators Council, possess even basic financial literacy2. This translates to a stark reality: students enter college ill-equipped to navigate the complex economic landscape. This lack of knowledge has real-world consequences.

Financial stress casts a long shadow. It impedes academic performance, sleep, and overall well-being. Resulting in delayed graduations, switched majors, and even dropouts. A lack of financial understanding also limits career readiness, hindering essential skills like budgeting, managing debt, and responsible credit use.

These alarming statistics paint a compelling picture: comprehensive financial education programs are not just beneficial – they are essential. 

Campuses need programs that go beyond basic budgeting and empower students with lifelong skills for their professional journeys. By equipping students with the knowledge and understanding to navigate finances confidently, institutions can pave the way for their success beyond graduation.

Introducing iGrad: A Holistic Approach to Financial Wellness

Driven by a passionate belief in the transformative power of financial literacy, iGrad provides universities with a holistic and engaging platform to equip their students with the skills needed to thrive throughout their lives. 

Far from static textbooks and lectures, iGrad offers an interactive ecosystem brimming with personalized learning modules, expert guidance, action-oriented tools, and seamless integration with existing campus systems. 

This ensures every student receives relevant, impactful financial education tailored to their unique needs and goals.

iGrad's mission is clear: to empower students, alumni, staff, parents, and families to make informed financial decisions throughout their lives. This belief permeates everything they do. Their entire team is laser-focused on improving financial capability, driven by the conviction that truly effective programs must be continuous, engaging, and personalized.

This passion fuels their commitment to being a national leader in financial literacy. Every day, they refine and enrich their platform, ensuring it delivers impactful outcomes. Recognizing the value of individuals and interactions, iGrad fosters a vibrant community where students learn together, supported by experts and personalized resources.

Going beyond the platform, iGrad demonstrates its commitment by exceeding expectations through customized partnerships. They work hand-in-hand with institutions to address their unique challenges, providing personalized and reportable solutions.

The impact of iGrad is not just theoretical. Universities across the nation see incredible results, from decreased student loan default and delinquency rates to increased student success and graduation rates. 

These success stories are a testament to their unwavering commitment to building a financially capable future, one student, one family, and one university at a time.

By partnering with iGrad, universities can empower their students for lifelong financial wellness and unlock a brighter future for them and their institution.

Key Components of iGrad’s Financial Literacy Program

Equipping students with the financial knowledge and skills needed for lifelong success is at the heart of iGrad's mission. Its comprehensive program achieves this through four key best practices, each designed to make financial literacy engaging, personalized, and accessible:

  1. Interactive modules: Engaging animations, quizzes, and real-world scenarios cover crucial topics like budgeting, saving, investing, and debt management. It fosters smart borrowing habits, leading to lower student loan default and delinquency rates.
  2. Personalized learning paths: Individual assessments tailor content to each student's needs and goals. Imagine a student focused on managing debt; their path prioritizes loan repayment strategies, building creditworthiness, and ultimately minimizing delinquencies. 
  3. Gamified learning experience: Points, badges, and challenges transform learning into a fun, engaging experience. This not only boosts engagement but also helps students retain information effectively, leading to smarter financial decisions.
  4. Accessible resources: The mobile-friendly platform and downloadable materials ensure knowledge is always at hand. Expert support is also available, empowering students to take control of their finances and achieve financial success beyond graduation.

By demystifying finances, iGrad equips students with the skills needed to navigate the financial landscape confidently, make informed decisions, and ultimately achieve lower student loan default and delinquency rates, increased student success, and higher graduation rates. 

They pave the way for a generation of financially savvy individuals contributing to a brighter future.

Beyond Graduation: How iGrad Prepares Students for Career Success

Graduation marks a new chapter, and iGrad's role is to help students to navigate it confidently from a financial perspective. The program extends beyond traditional financial literacy, focusing on:

  1. Workforce readiness: Students gain insights into employee benefits, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. They learn salary negotiation strategies to ensure fair compensation and understand the basics of retirement planning, taking control of their long-term financial security.
  2. Building a strong foundation: Managing student loan debt can be hard even for adults. iGrad provides strategies for repayment plans, consolidation options, and refinancing. Students also learn how to establish and build credit responsibly, opening doors to future opportunities. Budgeting and saving for specific goals, like a down payment or further education, are also emphasized.
  3. Navigating transitions: Career paths rarely follow a straight line. iGrad prepares students for financial challenges they might encounter during job changes, relocations, or further education. They learn how to adjust budgets, manage existing debt, and explore options for financing professional development.
  4. Lifelong learning: Financial literacy is a journey, not a destination. iGrad encourages ongoing learning and skill development even after graduation. The platform offers alumni access to updated resources, webinars with financial experts, and tools to track progress toward long-term goals.

This holistic approach empowers students to make informed financial decisions throughout their lives, regardless of their career path. By fostering financial confidence and responsibility, iGrad not only sets graduates up for success but also contributes to a financially stable future for themselves and society as a whole.

The Bottom Line

iGrad's mission goes beyond equipping students with financial knowledge; it empowers them to confidently navigate the financial landscape throughout their lives. By providing engaging, personalized, and accessible learning experiences, iGrad fosters:

  • Lower student loan default and delinquency rates: Graduates equipped with smart borrowing habits and debt management skills make informed financial decisions, minimizing negative financial consequences.
  • Increased student success and graduation rates: Reduced financial stress allows students to focus on their academics, leading to higher academic performance and timely completion of their degrees.
  • Generations of financially responsible individuals: By instilling responsible credit use, budgeting practices, and long-term planning, iGrad contributes to a future with fewer financial hardships and a more stable economy.

So, are you ready to empower your students for lifelong financial success? Implementing iGrad as part of your institution's financial education initiatives is a pivotal step in that direction. Let us partner with you to:

  • Customize a program tailored to your unique student population and needs.
  • Track and measure the impact of the program on student success and financial well-being.
  • Provide ongoing support and resources to ensure its continued effectiveness.

Let’s have a future where every graduate enters the workforce with the confidence and competence to manage their finances effectively. Through collaborations with forward-thinking institutions like yours, iGrad is working towards making this vision a reality. Let's work together to empower the next generation for a brighter financial future, one student at a time.



1 - CNBC

2 - National Financial Educators Council