WPI’s Office of Student Aid & Financial Literacy is here to answer your questions about your finances and how to better create and stick to your individual budget. Below you’ll find a number of resources, including:
- Pre-recorded webinars on budgeting, saving, investing, and more
- Links to other websites that can help you with your finances
Your budget is like your financial game plan. In this Money Monday session, offered through Nelnet, you will learn why it's important to have a budget, how to create a budget, and how to stick to it.
Financial Literacy - Teaching You to Live Life Smart
Does the idea of an easy-to-use financial literacy reference guide appeal to you? View this webinar to see how you can benefit from Nelnet's Live Life Smart Guide, and to learn more about the resources and information it contains. Webinar attendees will learn what's covered in the guide, and will also receive a copy of the guide to help them Live Life Smart through enhanced financial literacy.
Job Search 101
It takes a savvy candidate to succeed in today's job market. Students learn how to navigate the internship experience, what hiring managers and recruiters want to see on a new grad's resume, and why having a summer job improves success in a job search. This webinar also includes the do's and don'ts of interviewing.
Saving and Investing Basics
Everyone should have an understanding of why it's important to have a savings plan and be prepared for life's future events. This recorded Money Monday session will provide students with a general idea about setting realistic financial goals, saving and investing vehicles, and how interest can work for them to reach their financial goals.
Student Loan Repayment Tips
This Money Monday session will give students information they can use to be better prepared to manage their student loan payments. Student will learn how to develop a plan for financial survival, know what they borrowed, who they borrowed from, and who services their loans. They'll also get information on the best repayment plan for their circumstances and how to avoid delinquency and default.
Understanding Credit Cards
Learn about the good and bad of credit cards. Credit cards can help, but they also have many pitfalls if you aren't careful. Join us and find out how to manage your credit cards and avoid piling on debt.
Below are some online resources that offer personal opinions and views regarding financial matters. Please note: These sites are not affiliated with Worcester Polytechnic Institute. WPI assumes no responsibility for the content found on these sites.
360 DEGREES OF FINANCIAL LITERACY
360 Degrees of Financial literacy is a national volunteer effort of the nation’s Certified Public Accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances and develop money management skills. It focuses on financial education as a lifelong endeavor—from children learning about the value of money to adults reaching a secure retirement. Learn more...
AMERICAN CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING
American Consumer Credit Counseling is a nonprofit credit counseling agency that helps consumers take control of their financial lives through credit counseling, debt consolidation and financial education. Since 1991 we have been improving lives and providing solutions to people in need of financial help. Learn more...
AMERICAN STUDENT ASSISTANCE
American Student Assistance is a private nonprofit whose public purpose mission is to empower students and alumni to successfully manage and repay their college loan debt by providing student loan education, and enabling the development of financial competencies through the use of innovative web-based tools and trusted, neutral advice – all free of charge to students and alumni. Learn more...
Bankrate.com provides free rate information to consumers on more than 300 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used automobile loans, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees. Bankrate continually surveys approximately 4,800 financial institutions in all 50 states in order to provide clear, objective, and unbiased rates to consumers. Learn more...
A full time blogger, Mr. McBride (aka Calculated Risk) retired as a senior executive from a small public company in the '90s. Mr. McBride holds an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, and has a background in management, finance and economics. Learn more...
A guide for students to making informed financial choices. Get prepared for whatever life has in store: Register for a free account and take charge of your money. Learn more...
FEED THE PIG
A new component of the 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy effort, Feed the Pig aims to educate Americans about how financial issues affect their lives. Learn more...
Money Geek discuss how to prepare financially secure at every stage of your life. Learn more...
MIGHTY BARGAIN HUNTER
From the Mighty Bargain Hunter “about” section: My training is outside of the financial world but I enjoy talking about saving money, finding deals, living frugally, making money, and investing, in addition to talking about current events in the financial world, online and offline. I’ve published articles at this domain name since 2004 and have been blogging since May, 2005. Learn more...
A financial literacy program that was developed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in conjunction with select partners, Money Smart is designed for students and adults with little or no banking experience. The program consists of 10 online training modules covering important financial topics such as the basics of banking, successful borrowing, and credit cards. Learn more...
Founded in 1993 in Alexandria, Va., by brothers David and Tom Gardner, The Motley Fool is a multimedia financial-services company dedicated to building the world's greatest investment community. Reaching millions of people each month through its website, books, newspaper column, television appearances, and subscription newsletter services, the Motley Fool champion’s shareholder values and advocates tirelessly for the individual investor. Learn more...
Chad Brand is the founder and president of Peridot Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisory firm specializing in customized personal finance and investment management services for individuals. Chad’s blog, peridot capitalist, has been named one of the top investment blogs by the likes of Forbes.com, Capital Magazine and 24/7 Wall Street since he began blogging in 2004. Learn more...
SEEKING ALPHA (READ. DECIDE. INVEST)
From the Seeking Alpha “About” section: Seeking Alpha is the premier website for actionable stock market opinion and analysis, and vibrant, intelligent finance discussion. We handpick articles from the world's top market blogs, money managers, financial experts and investment newsletters - publishing approximately 250 articles daily. Seeking Alpha gives a voice to over 3000 contributors, providing access to the nation's most savvy and inquisitive investors. Our site is the only free, online source for over 1,500 public companies' quarterly earnings call transcripts, including the S&P 500. Learn more...
Spendster is a program developed by the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE)®, an independent, nonprofit foundation committed to educating Americans on a broad range of financial topics and empowering them to make positive and sound decisions to reach their financial goals. Learn more...