TRELLIS – Delgado’s Financial Aid Partner

What is Trellis?

Trellis Company is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation with the dual mission of helping student borrowers successfully repay their education loans and promoting access and success in higher education.

Student Outreach

Studies suggest that student coaching increases persistence and retention in college students. Trellis’ certified coaches use a student-centered approach that encourages critical thinking and planning so students can retain these vital skills for the rest of their lives.

Trellis provides students with personalized, confidential, one-on-one financial aid coaching. Typically student concerns/needs to relate to:

  • Money Management—such as spending/budgeting, saving strategies, short-term financial needs, or healthy financial habits.
  • Financial Aid—such as financial aid options, FAFSA completion, repayment plan options, or how much to borrow
  • Academic and Career Support—such as school/work/life balance, time management, career path options, or the financial opportunities of different academic majors

Trellis provides virtual coaching sessions to allow students to privately discuss their goals and develop an action plan for success.

Project Success Resources for Students

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Congress passes the CARES Act, which in part provides institutions with funding to deliver emergency aid to students. In anticipation of this financial support, Trellis Company has created a resources page for processionals administering emergency aid programs.

Here are some resources that may be helpful for our students:

  1. How to get free financial coaching
  2. Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  3. Loan Repayment

Upcoming Webinars and Sessions

Beginning in October, we will present two modules each month, via Zoom, during the first week (Tuesdays) and third week (Thursday) at 4:00 PM Central each month.  

The presentations and discussion with Q and A session are 50 minutes. The modules have been carefully crafted to provide critical money management and financial literacy information so students have awareness and can make informed decisions. The module titles are: Borrow Smart, Monitor and Protect, Plan and Spend, Save and Build for the Future, Work and Earn, Being Smart About Student Loans, and Managing Your Student Loans. 

Presentation dates and topic for October:

Plan and Spend (October 5)
Good money management habits can have a lifetime of value. Students will learn how to create spending plans and cash flow statements, how to understand and differentiate needs and wants, and how to track money.


Borrow Smart (October 21)
Uninformed credit decisions can have long-lasting effects. Students will learn and understand types of credit, interest rates, credit reports and scores, credit to avoid, and how to resolve serious debt problems.


Additional dates this Fall:

November 2, November 18, and December 7 

For other Project Success resources, visit the Project Success resource page.

Project Success Resources for Staff

Here are some resources that may be helpful for our staff:

  1. Available Resources
  2. Financial Coaching Webinar