Financial Literacy Resources

Student financial aid is not the only question students may have about money while in college.  Financial literacy covers many things:  budgeting, use of credit cards, insurance, tips on money management, and much more.  Use the following links to find help in making good financial decisions.

Budgeting/Money Management

Adventures in Education

Provides information for students regarding career planning, budget management, FAQs regarding loans and grants, and college planning guides. Also provides information for parents regarding saving, college costs, and tools for loan repayment.

Cash Course

Offers tools and articles that allow you to better understand how to budget your money, letting you live college life, have fun, and makes friends, all while keeping money in your wallet.

Mapping Your Future

Provides quizzes to determine your financial knowledge and then directs you to the resources that allow you to learn what you need to.  Also has an excellent guide that allows you to create a working budget for yourself.

My Money

A government site that supplies you with articles and guides from different agencies that give advice on money management, understanding loans and repayment, and provides you with access to grants and scholarships.

Bulldog Financial Literacy’s Tips and Templates

Tips, templates, and tools for creating and maintaining a budget for Truman students.

Credit Scores

What’s My Score

Provides a link to receive your annual credit report and provides excellent guides for life events such as renting an apartment or buying a car.

Credit Karma

Allows you to see your credit score and condenses your credit report into an easy-to-understand format.  Also has a simulator to show you how decisions can affect your credit score, along with guides to help you be a responsible borrower.

Federal/State Student Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid – FAFSA

Essential form to fill out in order to receive financial aid for college.

Student Federal Financial Aid Guide

Government-issued guide that tells you everything you need to know before you fill out your FAFSA, how to fill it out, and how to repay what you will need to repay.

Financial Calculators

FAFSA 4caster

Gives you a rough estimate of how much money you can receive from federal aid.

Mapping Your Future

Provides calculators to help you figure loan payments, savings, budget, and account balancing.

Savings

Feed the Pig

Breaks down spending habits into profiles and allows you to pick the closest match to your habits and then shows you different ways you can save money without giving up the activities you love.

My Bank Tracker

Allows you to track current interest rates being offered by your bank and others.

Student Loan Debt Management

Bulldog Financial Literacy

A Truman State University resources providing financial information and education about student loan management and repayment.

Loan Discount Analyzer

Gives an in-depth analysis of your loans and shows any available discounts.

Mapping Your Future

Provides several articles that give you tips that let you better manage your debt.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

Allows you to see all of your federal loans in detail.

Financial Entertainment

Excellent learning games for debt management and budgeting.

360 degrees of Financial Literacy

American Institute of CPAs website that provides information on a variety of financial topics, including credit cards, college, and workplace finances.