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Financial Literacy

While pursing your educational dreams at JMU, it is important to remember that there are many skills you will need to succeed after graduation that you may not acquire in a traditional classroom environment. Many of these skills deal with how you handle your personal finances.

Are you familiar with creating a personal budget? Can you balance your checking account? Do you understand how credit cards work? Do you know your FICO score? If you are taking out loans to help pay for college, do you have a plan for managing your debt after you graduate? All of these questions and many more are addressed in “financial literacy” training offered by The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at JMU.

Each year our office conducts several workshops across campus dealing with these issues. The majority of these workshops are conducted at the invitation of student organizations, as well as instructors who request our services as a “guest instructor” for their classes. Please contact our office if you are part of a group on campus and feel your membership could benefit from a hands-on workshop dealing with your personal finances.

We have also included some web sites and a PowerPoint presentation if you are interested in conducting some research on your own. Please click on the topic of interest below:

American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) Mistakes
Better Money Habits
Cash Course
College Tax Tips
Credit Card Information
Finances & The College Student PowerPoint
Financial Awareness Basics
Higher Education Tax Benefit Guide
Money Management
Occupation Outlook Handbook
Off-Campus Student Budget Case Study and Worksheets
On-Campus Student Budget Case Study and Worksheets
Reporting Student Loan Interest Payments on Tax Return
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Blog
Winning With Money (Full Video)
Your Life, Your Money - PBS Special