4 Strategies for Clear Financial Aid Communication

Overview To improve financial aid communications, use clearer language that’s free of institutional jargon or advanced financial terminology. Apply readability measures, such as the Flesch-Kincaid grade level, to your financial aid communications materials. Use familiar language and images—school sayings, mascots, etc.—to create memorable and relatable messaging. Utilize graphics and interactivity in your campaigns but keep [...]

2021-09-24T09:54:54-05:00September 23, 2021|Blog|

Key Principles for Customer Service in Higher Education

A reputation for bad customer service can stick to an organization, and institutions of higher education aren’t immune. But when schools provide good customer service, students feel more comfortable asking for help, assured that their issues will be taken seriously. A solid foundation for customer service can even make the jobs of all faculty and [...]

2021-07-09T16:55:36-05:00July 9, 2021|Blog|

5 Tips for Helping Students Succeed after Graduation

Graduating from college is no small feat. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, only 62% of bachelor’s-degree-seeking students overall graduate with a degree. In fact, many colleges and universities see their graduation rate as a key success metric. It’s a number that can add credibility to an institution’s recruiting efforts. But [...]

2021-05-25T13:09:17-05:00May 24, 2021|Blog|

How Your Institution Can Support Working Students with Unmet Need

For many students, working part- or full-time still remains a vital part of paying for college. But when federal student loans, scholarships, grants, and work-study jobs fail to cover what’s left of the cost of attendance, an excessive unmet need is created. Unmet need forms yet another obstacle for both the students working toward graduation [...]

2021-04-26T14:21:50-05:00April 21, 2021|Blog|

A Closer Look at Low-Income Student Programs with Proven Results

Getting a higher education is often the first step in increasing one’s economic mobility. Having a postsecondary degree offers more opportunities for employment, as well as higher lifetime earnings than those without a degree. Students seek out education as a means to increase their earning potential, and this is why many students of low-income socioeconomic [...]

2021-03-30T14:48:10-05:00March 30, 2021|Blog|

Supporting First Generation College Students

“Uplifting and centralizing first generation students’ experiences is important because they affect the policies and changes that our institutions make,” says Dr. LaTonya Rease Miles, the Dean of Student Affairs at Menlo College. Higher education practitioners have a role to play in helping all students succeed, but that role is of critical importance for first [...]

2021-03-08T16:04:08-06:00March 8, 2021|Blog|

Improving Financial Wellness for College Students

Now more than ever, college students are concerned about the financial impact of getting a higher education. According to Trellis’ Fall 2019 Student Financial Wellness Survey of over 25,000 college students, three in every five students worry about having enough money to pay for their education, and around a quarter of them don’t know how [...]

2021-03-03T11:00:56-06:00February 3, 2021|Blog|

Feeling Ignored? Four Tips for Staying in Touch with Students

Administrators, academic advisors, and financial aid officers may not be able to effectively support their students when communication lines are unreliable. This problem continues to affect universities, even when students seem more reachable through their smartphones. A study conducted by Baylor University found that college students spend more than eight hours a day on [...]

2021-03-03T11:00:57-06:00November 5, 2019|Blog|

The Changing Landscape of Texas’ Higher Education Students

In 2005, Texas became a majority minority state when its non-White residents comprised the majority of the total population. This change was driven almost exclusively by a growing Hispanic population. As we move into the future, these demographic shifts will continue to impact higher education as well as the Texas economy. Today, young Texans are [...]

2021-03-03T11:00:57-06:00May 31, 2019|Blog|

Welcome to the Trellis Blog!

If you’re new to Trellis, or just new to our blog, we’re excited you found us. And we’re looking forward to providing you with informative articles that you can immediately use in your role, whether you consider yourself a practitioner, academic, policymaker, or you just like staying current on trends in higher education. The Trellis [...]

2021-03-03T11:00:57-06:00May 31, 2019|Blog|

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