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Financial Basics

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This course covers the basic concepts required to effectively manage money while in college.

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Financial Health   

The concept of financial health, including smart decision-making.
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Introduction to Budgeting   

Why and how to budget.
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Tracking Your Spending   

A simple way to get the most from your monthly budget.
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Choosing a Bank or Credit Union   

Types of financial services accounts.
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Checking and Savings Accounts   

Checking and savings accounts strategies for minimizing fees.
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Credit vs. Debit Cards   

Credit and debit cards each have pros and cons. When should you use each?
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Credit Reports and Scores   

Credit reports and scores determine the rates you pay when borrowing and can affect your ability to get certain jobs.
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Managing Accounts   

Account management strategies for checking and savings.
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Students and Credit Cards   

Special challenges for students with credit cards.
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Building Credit   

Understanding the decisions and behaviors that can lead to improved credit scores.
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Identity Theft   

Understanding ID theft and how to prevent it.
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Signs of Financial Trouble   

Spotting the warning signs of excessive debt.
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Paying for College

The basics of financial aid, including the types of aid, applying for aid, borrower responsibilities, and repayment strategies.

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Financial Aid Introduction

Whether you're considering higher education for yourself or starting to plan for the education of your kids, understanding the financial aid process is the first step to meeting your education goals.
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Types of Financial Aid   

The main types of financial aid are education loans, grants and scholarships, work-study, and service programs.
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Creating an Aid Strategy   

Considerations when planning to pay for school, including school choice, employment options, accounting strategies, and the importance of borrowing wisely.
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Understanding Financial Need   

Some aid is based on financial need and some is not. What exactly is "financial need?"
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Applying for Aid   

The aid application process, including descriptions of the FAFSA and CSS Profile forms.
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Education Loans   

A description of the main types of student loans, including government loans, consolidation loans, and private loans.
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Choosing the Right Loan

Questions every student should be able to answer before taking on a student loan.
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Selecting a Private Loan Lender

When federal loans are not enough, private lenders such as banks, credit unions, and non-profit lenders can help to fill the gap.
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The Master Promissory Note   

An introduction to the agreement that specifies your rights and responsibilities when accepting a student loan.
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Repaying College Debt   

A look at common repayment plans, including how different plans affect your monthly payment and overall cost.
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Borrowing Wisely   

Making smart choices about student loans, including a description of the impact of loan capitalization.

Independent Student Status   

Understanding your financial aid dependency status, including a discussion of what to do if the parents of dependent students refuse to help them pay for college.
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Dealing with Too Little Aid

Why some students find themselves with too little aid and what can be done to make ends meet.
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Workplace Transition

An introduction to key financial and workplace skills needed for a successful transition from school to work.

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Salary Expectations Versus Reality

Most young people tend to overestimate their starting salaries.
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Money in the Real World   

No matter what your financial outlook is after leaving school, the concept of financial health is an important step towards long-term financial success.
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Workplace Transition Introduction

An overview of topics covered in our Workplace Transition material.
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Employer Benefits   

There are four main types of employee benefit programs: health insurance, retirement plans, tax-advantaged savings, and supplemental benefits such as life and vision care insurance.
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Creating Healthy Spending Habits   

No matter how much or how little you earn, your spending habits play a major role in your financial health.
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Managing Student Loan Debt   

Repaying student debt responsibly helps you establish good credit and helps you qualify for the best-possible interest rates on future loans.
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The Concept of Professionalism   

Being a “professional” paves the way for both current and future success, no matter what career you choose. Professionalism requires you to draw upon a set of skills that may seem outside the specific skills required for your job.
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Day One of a New Job   

First impressions are important. New employees should take the time to prepare for the first day to ensure that they start off on the right foot.
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Communication Skills   

Strong communication skills are essential to success in the workplace, but mastering these skills takes time and practice.
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Time Management   

To be successful in today’s workplace, you need to know how to manage the limited amount of time you have to accomplish all of your tasks.
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Networking in the Workplace   

Effective networking can lead to success in your career both now and in the future.

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This Week

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Savings Strategies For a Large Purchase

Specific strategies for saving for large purchases like a new appliance or a special trip.

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