Program for Financial Education (PFE)
This program has been developed to help you utilize the necessary information, tools, resources, contacts, and services to become more successful in your educational and career pursuits. Anyone is welcome to participate in this program. However, if you are on an approved Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeal for the first time you will be required to participate in this program. PFE requirements are stated on your appeal contract. If you have any questions or concerns about your PFE requirements, please review your contract or speak with a campus financial aid representative.
Financial Literacy provides helpful tips and strategies for college students seeking to improve their knowledge of budgeting, saving and avoiding the pitfalls of poor credit.
For a list of Spring 2019 campus workshops, please click here.
If this is your first time to submit a financial aid appeal and it has been approved, you are required to complete a financial literacy component. To complete the financial literacy requirement, you must attend one financial literacy workshop on campus. Failure to attend at least one financial literacy workshop on campus will result in your suspension at the end of the term. Please note, if you are a summer appeal student, we do not hold campus workshops during the summer term. For Summer appeals, you will need to complete all five financial literacy modules in Blackboard.
You are welcome to attend any on campus financial literacy session regardless of the campus where you may have submitted your appeal.
If this is your first time to submit a financial aid appeal and it has been approved, you are required to complete a financial literacy component. To complete the financial literacy component online, you must register for the PFE course and complete all five modules in Blackboard, San Jacinto College’s course management system. Failure to complete all five financial literacy modules in Blackboard will result in your suspension at the end of the term. Blackboard can be accessed over the internet and does not require you to install any software on your computer.
Instructions for Logging in and enrolling in the online course:
- Login into Blackboard at http://www.sanjac.edu/online.
- You will need to enter your username and password to log in (your student ID and the password created for SOS).
- If this is your first visit, you will need to enroll in the Blackboard online course. Instructions are available below in the Assistance menu.
- Please note: If you are a new student for Spring 2019, Blackboard access will not be available to you until classes begin on January 14, 2019. Students who have not attended in over a year and who have reapplied for admission in Spring 2019 will not have access to Blackboard until classes begin on January 14, 2019.
Completing the Assignments:
- Lessons must be completed in order.
- Review all material in each module.
- View the videos for each module.
- Complete the Module Quiz—you will have two (2) attempts to achieve a score of 70 or higher. You must achieve 70 percent or higher to pass the lesson. Once achieved, your score will be recorded under the “My Grades” tab in Blackboard and the college’s weekly report. Your financial aid file will be updated each Monday when you have completed all five lessons and all five quizzes successfully.
- Repeat the above steps for all remaining modules.
- Appeals require you to complete all five Blackboard assignments.
If you have any questions regarding your username and password, you may contact SJC IT at 281-991-6137.
If you have any questions regarding the PFE class enrollment or navigation, you may contact the instructor at 281-991-2645.
If you have questions regarding the requirements of your appeal contract, you may contact your Campus Financial Aid Office at 281-998-6150.
Instructions on how to enroll and navigate in the Program for Financial Education Blackboard Spring course, can be downloaded here.
Coaching provides staff in the Educational Planning and Counseling Center an opportunity to identify areas of concern for you. If you are a financial aid appeal student, this could include concerns that lead to being placed on appeal such as class attendance, study skills, comprehension, learning disabilities, time management, work and school schedule conflicts, transportation, childcare, social service needs, personal obstacles, educational plans, career exploration, etc. Please note, you do not need to be a financial aid appeal student to utilize this service in the Educational Planning and Counseling Center.
If this is your first time to submit a financial aid appeal and it has been approved, you are required to complete PFE Coaching sessions. For fall and spring appeals, you are required to meet with the PFE coach in the Educational Planning and Counseling Center at least twice per term. For summer appeals, you are required to meet with the PFE coach in the Educational Planning and Counseling Center at least once per term.
You are welcome to begin your coaching sessions at any of our locations regardless of the campus where you may have submitted your appeal. However, in order for you to receive the full benefit of the coaching sessions, you must complete them at the same campus where they began. For example, if you first met with a counselor located in the South campus Education Planning and Counseling Center, you must complete any follow-up sessions with that counselor.
You will have three weeks from the end of your first term of appeal to meet with your PFE coach. If you miss this deadline, you will be required to wait until two weeks after the beginning of your next term of enrollment to complete this requirement.