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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 many hours will you need to work? 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. In addition, MSU Denver has partnered with a non-profit financial education company, SALT, to help students be successful and make sound choices in their finances. This resource is free and available to any member of the MSU Denver community.

With SALT you can:

  • Use interactive tools to get money savvy
  • Snag money-saving deals
  • Manage all your student loans in one place
  • Get advice from expert student loan counselors

Join at www.saltmoney.org

Budgeting

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.

 

Credit

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

 

Employment

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

College In Colorado: College planning tools for the state of Colorado.

FinAid.org: 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.
 


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