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Financial Literacy “Live like a student now, so you don’t have to later.”

Planning for college expenses and knowing how to responsibly manage your finances will not only improve your life as a student, but also pave the way towards financial independence after graduation.

Consider the following: How much will tuition cost? How much will you need to buy books?  How much financial aid will you qualify for? How much student loan debt can you afford to take out based on your intended career path? How much money will you make after graduation? To answer these questions, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the tools below and also consider meeting with a Financial Aid Counselor in the Student Success Building, Suite 130 Area 6. 

We recommend exploring what Student Aid has to offer now that the Department of Education has combined their resources in one place!

  • Use interactive tools to find best repayment plan for you
  • Manage all your student loans in one place
  • Get advice from expert student loan counselors

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Ask yourself: How much will it really cost to go to school? Which expenses can I reduce? Should I work more hours or increase my student loan debt? 
By preparing a budget, you will be able to determine which expenses are necessities and which areas you are willing to sacrifice in order to successfully attend school.

SLOPE Calculator: Student Loans Over Projected Earnings.

Student Budget Calculator: Easy to read yet comprehensive breakdown of expenses versus income.


Financial Literacy Programs

Education Cents: Extensive financial literacy curriculum.

MyMoney: lots of resources, tools, and helpful financial information based on where you are in life.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy: financial topics covering a wide range of life stages.



What’s My Score: Everything you need to know about credit.



Occupational Outlook Handbook: Extensive information on hundreds of different types of jobs.

State Job Banks: explore careers, look at salaries and benefits, determine education and training required, get help with resume and interview process, match military experience to civilian occupations.


Other Resources

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: provides innovative tools and resources to help you make informed financial decisions and build financial skills. everything you need to know about financial aid, including student aid for military.

FDIC Consumer News: helpful hints, quick tips, and common-sense strategies to protect and stretch your hard-earned dollars.


Navigating Student Loan Repayment: A presentation designed to prepare you for student loan repayment, to encourage healthy financial habits, and to connect you with resources to help you navigate your job search approaching and following graduation. Explores repayment plan options and forgiveness opportunities. (Live workshops of this presentation are provided each semester - see our events calendar for dates and times.)

To access a full-screen version of this video click here: 

If you would like to request an in-person presentation, please visit our Outreach and Events page.




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