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Financial Literacy

Welcome to the Financial Literacy page brought to you by the UW TRIO SSS program. Here you will find videos, graphs, articles and other resources to better understand educational debt, loans, and credit.

Financial Basics 101: Preparing You for Financial Stability

Learn the basics of financial literacy! What does Financial Literacy mean? What is the difference between essential and personal expenses? What are some tips on budgeting? If these topics interest you, Click here to watch the presentation–>

Building & Maintaining Credit

Understanding your credit score can be tricky… What is a credit score? Why is it important to have good credit? This presentation gives a brief overview of building and maintaining your credit! Click here to watch the presentation–>

Student Debt: Is It Worth It?

The amount of money Americans owe on student loans recently exceeded the nation’s credit card debt. That may lead many to ask: Is it smart to borrow a lot of money to go to college? Click here to read and hear more about student debt on NPR–>

College Grads and Employment

Employment rates for new college graduates have fallen sharply in the last two years, as have starting salaries for those who can find work. What’s more, only half of the jobs landed by these new graduates even require a college degree, reviving debates about whether higher education is “worth it” after all. Click here to read more about employment for recent college grads–>

PayScale College Salary Report

In today’s tough job market, investing in a four-year degree can help you land the gig you want. But, before you pay for all that tuition, wouldn’t it be nice to know which are the top college majors and best colleges for earning a big paycheck after graduation? Click here to see PayScale’s College Salary Report–>

Calculate How Your Savings Can Grow

A steady savings plan can produce dramatic results. If you put aside $100 a month starting at age 20 and keep at it, you’ll accumulate more than $114,000 by the time you’re 65. That assumes a 3 percent interest rate. If you sock away $250 a month and rates go up to 5 percent, you’ll end up with more than $500,000. Click here to plug your own numbers into the savings calculator–>


360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
Understanding FAFSA
The ABCs of Credit
The Project on Student Debt
Money Counts: Young Adults and Financial Literacy
JumpStart: Financial Smarts for Students
Understanding Your FICO Score