What's a Twitter chat, and how does it help with college success?
This past January, the Education Finance Council began hosting a once-a-month Twitter chat focusing on topics related to college success and financial aid awareness. The Education Finance Council (EFC) is the national trade association representing nonprofit and state agency student loan organizations. EFC members share a common goal to increase college access, success, and affordability.
A Twitter chat is a public Twitter conversation around one unique hashtag. This hashtag (a word or phrase preceded by a pound sign #) allows the user to follow the discussion and participate in it.
On the last Monday of every month, EFC members like MEFA gather on Twitter at 12 p.m. EST to participate in a specific conversation about financial aid and college success. The previous months focused on topics such as FAFSA® Completion and Scholarships and Grants.
The topic for March was the Financial Aid Offer and answered questions like:
- When will I receive my financial aid offer?
- How do I decide which loans to accept?
- Can I accept less than what was offered?
- How should I compare financial aid offers at different schools?
It was wonderful to participate in answering these questions with entities similar to MEFA. While many of the answers were similar, it was interesting to see the different points raised and to collaborate to answer the many pressing questions that we hear from families every day. Moreover, it was wonderful to put these questions out there in a place where families, counselors, and mentors are able to access them, and, if they so choose, participate in the conversation with their own questions and get real-time answers from experts across the country.
If you missed this month's chat, but have questions about Financial Aid Award Offers now, check out MEFA's FAQ Section. Next month's Twitter chat is all about Financial Literacy and will take place on Monday, April 28th, at 12:00 p.m. EST. Join us on Twitter by simply following the hashtag #EFCcsc. We look forward to hearing from you and answering your questions!