Ryan Foss

Managing Director of Innovation, Filene Research Institute

With financial support and cooperation from Credit Union Student Choice, Filene launched a new test program with credit unions in 2017 called Debt Dragon. This innovative program aims to better inform students and their families of the debt implications they’re about to take on BEFORE the debt becomes an insurmountable burden. Debt Dragon was created by those on the front lines, working in and with credit unions, and helps students and their families proactively manage education-related expenses by utilizing instant, online interactive results and implications to real-life decisions. It gives students entering college a real picture of what their debt might look like when their schooling ends. Nearly 20 credit unions have been testing Debt Dragon over the course of 2017. During this session, Ryan will share key learnings from this test period and outline opportunities moving forward.