Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Heritage Christian University Educating Students on Personal Finance

CashCourse® Now Available

Heritage Christian University – with help from CashCourse®, an online resource from the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) – is taking a proactive approach to improving our students’ financial well-being. We recently joined the more than 550 colleges and universities across the U.S. that are using CashCourse, a free, unbiased and noncommercial financial education solution for students and recent graduates.

Meeting a Critical Need

Living away from the guidance of their parents during college is often a time when many students make unwise financial decisions due to a lack of knowledge. Students are confronted with easy access to credit cards, and difficult spending decisions. Students need financial tools for their transition to adulthood, including saving, investing, filing taxes, paying off student loans and evaluating the financial aspects of job offers. Increasing concern over these issues has led to the joint effort between NEFE and higher education institutions to fill the gaps in financial knowledge that many college students have.

CashCourse offers a reliable resource to help young adults develop financial know-how,” says Ted Beck, president and CEO of Denver-based NEFE. “Through attention to the needs of today’s college students, this program will help young adults gain the financial savvy they need to succeed in life at college and beyond.”

Tools for Financial Capability

CashCourse features unbiased content with no advertising and no connections to commercial entities. The information is written in a way college students can understand and appreciate, because NEFE received input directly from college students to determine what information they would find useful.

In addition to articles, the online resource features:

  • Worksheeets, calculators and quizzes for students to use in the classroom or at home
  • A “Budget Wizard” tool to help students manage their spending
  • An online dictionary of financial terms to help students understand the basics
  • A credit module to educate students on the importance of managing credit cards and protecting their credit
  • Many resources for college and university professionals to promote and use CashCourse with their students

For information on Heritage Christian University’s CashCourse site, please visit here.

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