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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 the Office of the Dean of Students

Sessions are available to any group on campus who requests them. CMMP promotes their program through social media and activities such as Know your Money Day (October) and Financial Literacy Month (April).

  • Since Fall 2014, CMMP has reached 912 students with workshops, and provided resources at 19 campus events.
  • Health and Wellness Services promotes CMMP in the Financial Stress & Money Management section of their website.

$ALT

SALT is a free financial literacy program for all WSU students and alumni—information and tips including scholarships, debt planning, internships, etc.

Access is provided free of charge to all students through CMMP, paid for by the Dean of Students Office. WSU currently has approximately 7,500 SALT account holders.

Student Financial Services provides SALT FAQs in the Handbook & Resources section of their website.

WSU financial wellness program

WSU Health and Wellness Services recognizes that finances play a role in your mental and physical well-being, so they’re working with campus partners to provide resources for you.

US Bank—CUB Branch

Financial Wellness Seminars

US 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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