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Helping college students and alumni take control of their finances

Client: American Student Assistance

Project Characteristics: Usability Studies, Eye Tracking, Design Validation

Industry: Financial Education

American Student Assistance (ASA), is a private nonprofit that helps college students and alumni approach, finance, and repay their higher education. ASA launched saltmoney.org to help users make better decisions about borrowing and paying back the cost of their education. ASA worked with the UXC to assess participants’ reactions to the new website, uncover any usability issues, and identify areas for improvement.

Project Goals:

  • Determine if the website was intuitive for the 18-30 year old target audience.
  • Review how content was organized and presented.
  • Explore how users interacted with the navigation and content.
  • Identify unmet needs within the target audience.

Challenges:

  • Determine if participants could find content easily
  • Determine if participants found the content useful and impactful
  • Uncover navigation and site elements that confused participants 

Key Findings:

The study found that many elements worked well in the new design; site purpose and objectives were clear, content was topical and relevant to the target audience, and the visual design was appealing. However, participants’ eye movements combined with observational data revealed several key issues.

Navigation was confusing, high value content was difficult to find, and menu items/labels were not well understood.

Results:

With data and insights from UXC’s usability study, ASA’s team prioritized and implemented significant design changes that contributed to increased conversions and reduced bounce rates. Using ASA’s own methodology for Outcomes data and analytics, ASA also observed an increase in knowledge gain, competency within subject areas, and an overall improvement in customer satisfaction as a result of these design changes.

Client Quote:

“The UXC focuses 100% on improving the user experience and helping you build a better product. It was a pleasure working with UXC on this project. In my experience, their professionalism, expertise, and facilities are world-class.”

~ Jonathan Phelan, Manager of Interaction Design, American Student Assistance