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Resources for your success Financial Literacy

The mission of Student Financial Services is to keep student success central while providing the highest level of service and equal opportunity in the awarding of funds at all campuses.

To that end, we’ve gathered many of the University’s financial literacy resources—plus others from the state of Washington—to help you make the best decisions possible when it comes to funding your college education and managing your money.

WSU resources

New Student Orientation Programs

These financial awareness workshops are part of the required orientation for all new students.

Alive!, Fall Alive! & Spring Alive! Freshman Sessions

  • “What you need to know about Financial Aid”
    1 of 10 workshops offered during orientation — students must attend 3 workshops.
  • Opportunity for Intervention: Students could be required to take this specific workshop. Does not go in-depth or teach skills — it covers just info.

Cougar Money Management Workshop

  • “Come learn how to track your finances, and establish good budgeting habits, as well as tips for the future.” 1 of 10 workshops offered during orientation — students must attend 3 workshops. All Students are provided information about SALT and the free online tools available.

Transfer Alive!

  • “What you need to know about Financial Aid” 1 of 14 workshops offered during orientation — students must attend 2 workshops.
  • Cougar Money Management Workshop: Come learn how to track your finances, and establish good budgeting habits, as well as tips for the future.” 1 of 14 workshops offered during orientation — students must attend 2 workshops. All Students are provided information about SALT and the free online tools available.
  • Orientation Seminar (required for all students not attending Alive! orientation)
  • “College Costs and Paying the Bill at WSU” — required

New Student Orientation—Week of Welcome

“Right on the Money” optional activity open to all WSU students. Based on the Price is Right

Student Support Services

All SSS students must attend three workshops per semester. The following list includes all workshops involving financial literacy. In addition, all SSS students must attend the Financial Aid workshop during orientation.

  • Financial Wellbeing — Budgeting For College
  • Financial Wellbeing — Credit Cards, Reports, Scores
  • Find Me a Job Now! — My Workstudy – My Money
  • Financial Wellbeing — Banking
  • Financial Wellbeing — Money after Graduation

Cougar Money Management Program (CMMP)

Offered by Student Financial Services

The goal of the Cougar Money Management Program (CMMP) is to provide students with tool and resources to help them increase their financial knowledge and skills. The program provides workshops and access to a robust online financial literacy program to educate students and empower them to make informed financial decisions before, during and after their time at Washington State University.

The Cougar Money Management Program offers the following services:

  • Free Membership to SALT, an impartial multichannel educational financial literacy program that includes a broad range of tools and resources tailored specifically for college students
  • Educational training and workshops; if your organization would like to schedule a workshop, please complete a Workshop Request Form
  • Tabling at programs and events such as ALIVE Orientation, CONEXION, and the Housing Fair

If you would like Student Financial Services to come talk to your class, club, or organization on a variety of financial literacy topics please fill out our Outreach Request Form.

SALT

Join Salt, a FREE membership program provided by WSU that helps students and alumni navigate financing college, manage debt and build money skills for life. Salt empowers you to borrow wisely and think differently about your finances.

Salt offers:

  • Simple online tools to track and plan your student loans
  • Tips and guidance to help you make smart financial decisions
  • Help finding scholarships, internships and jobs
  • Deals and discounts that put more money in your pocket

Salt is easy, confidential and tailored specifically to WSU students and alumni. Become a member of Salt for free.

Salt Resources:

Loan Counseling: 877-523-9473
loanhelp@saltmoney.org
Member Support: 855-469-2724
salt@saltmoney.org
Website: saltmoney.org/wsu
Twitter: @SALT_MONEY
Facebook: facebook.com/SALTMONEY 

 

U.S. Bank—CUB Branch

Financial Wellness Seminars

U.S. Bank has an agreement with WSU to offer financial literacy seminars.

Office of Undergraduate Education (ASCC)

Managing the Game of Life: What can The Game of Life board game teach you about financial wellness? Surprisingly, a lot!

In a real life re-creation of the iconic board game, you’ll learn about the effect of education and career choices on income; interest and loan payments; the effects of lifestyle choices, losing a job or taking a pay cut; the impact of taxes and debt; and the importance of investing.

This workshop is presented by Health and Wellness Services.

Courses

FIN 223 — Personal Finance (UCORE QUAN course): Offered annually, limited capacity

MATH 105 (UCORE math course): Offered every semester to about 700 students each time: 30% of the course deals with application of math tools to financial issues of daily life.

State Resources

WSAC

The Washington State Student Achievement Council is a great resource for information about the various financial aid options available to Washington students.

Student loans primer

If you’re going to take out a loan to cover the costs of college, it’s important that you gain a good understanding of the different loan programs out there. The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions provides information about the different kind of loans and tips on how to shop around and get the best rates.

Guide to managing finances

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions’ free “Right on the Money” booklet is a quick-start guide to personal finance for college students. Budgeting, debit, credit, and savings are all discussed. As well as some pointers on how to keep your debt to a minimum. Order a free booklet today or view it online in PDF format.

Debt Slapped

Debt Slapped is a video and website designed to help students graduate with as little debt as possible. Take some time to watch the video for tips and links to resources to help you avoid taking on too much debt.

Financial education videos

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions partnered with KCTS9 to create Cash With Draw, a series of fun hand-drawn videos that walk through key financial strategies.

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