FSU launches online hub for student financial success
Florida athletes can now enjoy their name, image and likeness. As a result of this new law, university athletes in the state are required to take a financial literacy course.
Now Florida State University has launched an online financial tools center to help ALL students succeed.
“We have articles on the value of higher education that isn’t as great as it used to be, but it’s still probably the best investment you can make in your life,” says Rick Burnette, Associate Vice-President from FSU, who led the project.
“FSU has continually expanded its student success efforts to prepare students to navigate the college experience and successfully transition into their life after graduation, and financial success is a critical part of that.”
Financialsuccess.fsu.edu offers resources related to education payments, planning and budgeting, banking and credit, investments, insurance and taxes. It provides information on financial literacy courses and training programs.
“We wanted to create a place where they can go to learn these important life skills and knowledge,” says provost Sally McRorie, who sponsored the project. “It doesn’t matter how much information we have for our students if they can’t find it.”
The hub offers easy access to financial literacy “badge” programs that allow students to document what they have learned from these courses for future employers.
For example, “Living Well Financially” is a badge course offered by the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness as part of the Live Well FSU program. It covers creating a budget, needs versus wants, using credit cards, and more.
The Career Center offers “Fiscally Fit” and “ProfessioNole Ready” badges to increase financial literacy and develop professional skills.
The hub also provides information from financial aid offices and student business services on paying for education and obtaining financial aid, scholarships, grants and loans.
Javier Cuevas, a freshman from Tampa, worked with Burnette on the project as part of the InternFSU program. Cuevas researched the best financial literacy programs in the country, organized the information into thematic areas, and simulated the original website designs. He worked with the project managers for each topic and helped University Communications organize the content to be featured on the website.
“This project would not have been completed so quickly without Javi’s skills in project management, design and editing,” says Myrna Hoover, director of the Career Center, which oversees the InternFSU program. “The project also provided Javi with a tangible work artifact to showcase her skills to future employers. “
Cuevas said the project was a great, hands-on way to learn skills relevant to his career goals.
“My interest in the project management aspect of the internship gave me an idea of what I would like to pursue after university, and I can now focus on the appropriate steps in my studies to enter the field”, did he declare.
Anna Prentiss of University Communications contributed to this report.