For many people, financial topics like applying for a mortgage, making smart investment choices, or improving your credit score can be intimidating. Yet these are critical — and, in some cases, unavoidable — processes adult students must often navigate while also juggling many other roles and responsibilities. Focusing on important steps or simple actions can help make the processes easier and less stressful.
That’s the goal of an upcoming financial workshop series offered exclusively for Penn State World Campus students.
Financial Foundations is a 5-part workshop series hosted by the Penn State Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center. The series covers core personal finance topics that create a strong foundation on which learners can build their financial futures: budgeting, credit, debt, saving, and investing.
The content for this version of the workshop series will be geared especially toward World Campus students, with the specific needs and challenges of adult learners in mind. This series takes an interactive approach, encouraging participants to put the lessons learned into practice immediately. By the time they complete the series, participants may have developed or improved their budget system, pulled a credit report, created a debt management plan, or set saving and investing goals.
The workshop series will consist of five one-hour sessions, to be held at 8:00 p.m. (ET) on April 3, 5, 7, 12, and 14. Learners who complete the series by attending at least four sessions and submitting brief online assignments will earn a microcredential badge that can be displayed to their academic and professional community.
To enable interactive participation and allow sufficient time for Q&A, the series will be limited to 15 participants. We encourage anyone interested to sign up soon. Once 15 people have registered, any additional registrants will be added to a waiting list in case any slots open up and will be notified about future workshop series offerings.
Other Recommended Resources:
Financial Literacy: Credit Score Basics — this blog post reviews important basic information you should know about credit scores
Securing Financial Aid for Your Education — this infographic outlines important steps you must complete to apply for financial aid