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Financial Literacy

Let the Office of Financial Literacy be your guide. Access one-on-one coaching, learn essential skills, and attend an event to hone your money management strategy.

Five core principles make up personal finance. Knowledge of these concepts, coupled with discipline over time, will help you make wise money decisions today and plan for a strong financial future.

  1. Don't buy things you can't afford
    Done wisely, borrowing money can help you establish and build credit. However, interest, fees, and over-borrowing can be detrimental to your financial future.
  2. Give every dollar a job
    When it comes to spending, having a plan and shopping for the best value can make a big difference to your bottom line.
  3. Understand your future salary
    Income is your greatest wealth-building tool. Making smart decisions with your money starts with being knowledgeable about your pay and benefits.
  4. The best defense is a good offense
    You can protect your wealth and reduce financial stress by building an emergency fund, protecting against identity theft, and having proper insurance coverage.
  5. Pay yourself first
    Kick-start your financial future by saving early and often. It’s never too soon to put away money for a home or retirement.