April is National Financial Literacy Month, and many universities across the nation are celebrating it with on-campus events, resources, and workshops. Financial literacy critically affects students, who are at an important juncture of their lives where decisions relating to student debt, credit, and establishing a good foundation and best practices will have long-run impacts on their financial futures.
As Maria Carthon, assistant director at Emory’s Office of Financial Aid stated in an Emory news report, “Financial literacy is not just about students who take out loans, it’s bigger than that…We want to make sure they are in a position to pursue whatever career they want, to pursue their passion not limited by their finances.”
NerdWallet rounded up our favorite events across the nation. These programs are diverse in the topics that they cover, largely a mix of financial fundamentals and student-relevant topics like loans and negotiating a job offer. They also feature a good mix of student and alumni speakers, professionals and leaders in the workplace, and diverse participants from the University’s community (including professors, directors and staff of student offices, etc.)
Featured University Financial Literacy Programs:
Emory University – activities include 1:1 personal finance sessions with Emory alumni advisors from Smart Path Financial and CredAbility and seminars featuring Goizueta Business School professors discussing investment strategies and personal experiences on money management. See full detail and schedule here. The financial aid office has devised a thoughtful schedule to help raise campus awareness across the entire university around making informed financial decisions.
University of Northern Iowa – workshops featuring a series of speakers will be held on campus throughout April. Topics will cover student loans, savings, first job finances, and energy efficiency will conclude with a $100 scholarship and other prizes. The University’s series will be presented by the Office of Student Financial Aid, UNI Human Resources, and leaders from Green Iowa Americorp and Principal Financial Group. In addition to these sessions the UNI Financial Literacy Club meets every Monday evening to discuss personal finance topics, and bring in members from the community, including local area car dealer and mortgage banker to provide students with tips.
University of North Carolina Greensboro – hosting four workshops throughout the month covering budgeting, saving, credit, and insurance and investing taught by part-time financial coach Eric Durham, UNCG alum.
Franklin University – sponsoring a “Financial Literacy week” from April 8th to 11th which will include daily workshops with various guest speakers and financial topics, including budgeting and cash management, managing credit, saving for retirement, and student loans and repayments. The workshops will feature diverse guest speakers from Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Apprisen, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation, and the University. The university will also have a daily information table staffed by members of the Student Affairs and Financial Aid offices.
Loyola University New Orleans – featuring online resources, including articles, videos, games/songs in their “Tip of the Day” . Topics include budgeting, financial planning, taxes, financial aid, borrowing, transitioning to the working and family world.
Duke University – hosting five different workshops for both undergrads and graduate and professional students. Topics include negotiating, evaluating and understanding job offers and salaries, building budgets, and understanding insurance.
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