Ed Dept presses on with student aid debit card pilot

educationdive | October 22, 2019

Ed Dept presses on with student aid debit card pilot
The U.S. Department of Education has reportedly chosen four universities and three financial services companies to pilot a prepaid debit card that students can use to pay for nontuition expenses out of their federal financial aid awards, according to Politico. However, officials at the chosen universities — Purdue, U of Georgia, Jackson State and U of California Riverside — told Politico that while they wouldn't prohibit their students from participating, they also wouldn't endorse it. The proposal has raised questions about how the data will be shared and whether students' use of the funds will be restricted, the publication noted. Officials have said they won't limit student spending beyond the bounds of the law and that the data would be aggregated and nonidentifying. The pilot is running behind its initial timeline, which called for participants to be named last December. It uses prepaid cards in an effort to give students an alternative to fee-bearing payment mechanisms and help colleges process student aid refunds faster. Students are expected to use it in much the same way as they would a traditional checking account, including issuing paper checks and accessing ATMs. It would tie into a newly launched mobile app that the department has said will include financial literacy information and let students manage their aid account.

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From a global perspective, however, the trend is clear: we are entering a climate change where e-Learning as part of a Blended Learning Curriculum has an important and necessary place in Curriculum design. The increasing financial demands on training departments has been a significant driver in the implementation of e-Learning in training curricula. Interestingly, incorporating e-Learning alongside classroom learning – known as blended learning – has been shown to be more effective than either modality separately. One of the challenges to implementing such a blended learning environment is the Management of Change from traditional learning. Learners, Management, and Executives alike face particular challenges to the transition and a successful implementation requires contribution and support from all parties.

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