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How I Got Here: Kevin

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What happens when you blow through your grant money in the first year of college? You have to get real creative, real fast—as Kevin found out through firsthand experience. After doing some last-minute maneuvering (due to an injury cutting his pro-athlete dreams short) to get into college and secure the funds to pay for it, poor money management put him in danger of not being able to continue past his freshman year. But he put his nose to the grindstone in a big way and managed to get a degree that completely reshaped his future. His story is a powerful cautionary tale for students who are about to handle real money on their own for the first time.

Short Version: In a hurry? Get the basic version of Kevin’s story right here.

Student Version: Give your TXGU’ers a crash course in financial aid money management by sharing Kevin’s video.

Lesson Plans: Enhance the video’s impact by using these standards-aligned lesson plans with your students.

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