HCC Financial Aid video series earns national Telly Award

May 23, 2017


You may have student loan debt, but you've got options. This is the important message highlighted in the Houston Community College (HCC) Financial Aid White House Student Loan Debt Challenge videos. The informative video series earned HCC accolades from the nationally-recognized Telly Awards, which honor the best in TV and Cable, Digital and Streaming, and Non-Broadcast Productions worldwide.

The five-part educational video series serves to close the knowledge gap about the many pathways to funding and repaying college loan debt as well as financial literacy.

“Student loans are an important resource regardless of the complexity of the available loan programs,” said JoEllen Soucier, HCC Executive Director of Financial Aid. “It is our responsibility to use all available platforms to help borrowers understand the many student loan repayment options they have.”

To date, HCC financial aid coaches have enrolled more than 800 students, faculty, staff, and Houstonians in the program. In 2016, the video series was the second most viewed content on HCC’s YouTube Channel.

“We have seen the negative impact of when borrowers underestimate just how much not paying back student loans costs,” said Joel Philistin, HCC Financial Coach who served as subject-matter expert for the series. “We put this education series together to equip those at HCC and the communities we serve with the information they need to avoid the pitfalls of going into loan default.”

Produced by Shar-day Campbell, HCC Financial Aid Social Media and Communications Coordinator, and edited by Mohamad Mohammed, HCC-TV Producer and Motion Graphics Artist, the award-winning material was a collaborative effort between HCC Financial Aid and HCC-TV.

The White House Student Debt Challenge is a call-to-action for colleges, universities, non-profits, businesses, state and local governments, and other employers. The goal is to help borrowers understand their options; enroll in income-based federal loan repayment plans and/or public service loan forgiveness programs; and avoid delinquency and default.

To learn more about HCC’s White House Student Debt Challenge, visit: www.hccs.edu/studentdebt

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