Student Services

Blackboard, FATV Partner on Financial Aid Video Services

Blackboard has partnered with FATV (Financial Aid TV) to provide current and prospective students with on-demand access to financial aid and financial literacy videos.

With this partnership, students will have access to FATV's GetAnswers service through Blackboard Student Services using Blackboard SmartView technology. The FATV GetAnswers service includes a customizable library of online video content about financial aid, as well as tutorials. The service also offers multi-language video content, video embedding, metrics and reporting. The partnership is part of Blackboard Student Services' goal of "providing services and technology that support students throughout their entire educational journey," according to a news release.

Topics covered in FATV's GetAnswers videos include:

  • Grants, loans and scholarships;
  • Free application for federal student aid (FAFSA);
  • Financial literacy;
  • Master promissory note (MPN);
  • Satisfactory academic progress (SAP);
  • Tax and IRS information;
  • Verification; and
  • Information for veterans.

The information is presented in a variety of formats, including short question-and-answer video clips, step-by-step video tutorials and humorous vignettes. Educational institutions also have the option of including custom videos that address school-specific programs and policies, and FATV's metrics provide insight into student interests and questions. Videos are available in both English and Spanish, accessible to students with disabilities and vetted by financial experts, according to information on FATV's site.

Further information about the partnership between Blackboard and FATV can be found on FATV's site.

About the Author

Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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