FSU launches online hub of financial literacy tools for students
Ask students what their biggest concerns are and tuition fees will definitely be among the top five answers.
Florida State University recognizes that affordability is key to enhancing graduation and attracting first-generation and lower socioeconomic status students, while providing students with access to resources that increase financial literacy as they navigate college and life after graduation.
To better equip students with financial know-how, FSU has created financial success.fsu.edu, an online hub of financial literacy tools for students. The comprehensive website features resources related to college payment, planning and budgeting, banking and credit, investments, insurance, and taxes. It also offers information on financial education courses and programs, events and external resources.
Provost Sally McRorie, who sponsored the project, recognized the need to consolidate and expand the information available to current and future AUS students.
“It doesn’t matter how much information we have for our students if they can’t find it,” she said. “We wanted to create a place where they can go to learn these important life skills and knowledge. “
The new online hub for financial success is an extension of FSU’s long-standing student success initiative, said Vice-President Rick Burnette, 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,” said Burnette. “Students have increased needs and expectations for graduating with skills that are not always taught in the classroom. “
The hub provides easy access to FSU’s financial literacy ‘badge’ programs, which allow students to document the skills and experiences they gain through these courses for future employers.
“Living Well Financially,” a badge course offered by the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness (CHAW) as part of the Live Well FSU program, covers a range of topics, such as creating a budget, relative needs. to wants, types of loans and managing student debt, credit card use and other topics related to financial well-being.
“Financial wellness is one of the nine dimensions of our holistic Live Well FSU program that helps students understand and embrace healthy lifestyles,” said Amy Hecht, vice president of student affairs.
The Career Center offers “Fiscally Fit” and “ProfessioNole Ready” badges which aim to increase financial literacy and develop professional skills.
In addition, the hub 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,” said 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.
For more information visit financial success.fsu.edu.