Learn how to plan for your future financial success by earning Financial Literacy & Wellness Graduate Badges! As a graduate student, balancing family, school, work, and financial decisions can be stressful. This stress can be especially overwhelming because many of us have never learned about financial topics or how to manage our finances in a healthy and sustainable way. Without this information, we are often left to juggle immediate expenses, struggling to reduce debt and save money for emergencies. Over time, financial stressors can get in the way of pursuing a degree and physical and mental well-being.
The Graduate College’s research- and expert-informed content will help you learn about financial topics, steps you can take to improve your current financial situation, and how to create a future with minimal financial anxiety and stress. Ultimately, building financial literacy and wellness is a personal journey. Along the way, individuals must explore their beliefs about money, learn how money works in different areas of life, and commit to making financial decisions that align with their values.
To help you along your journey, the Graduate College offers three Graduate Badges in an online Canvas/WebCampus course called Financial Literacy & Wellness. For each section you complete, you will earn one Graduate Badge. Because there are three sections, you can earn up to three digital badges. Students who earn at least two digital badges will be invited to apply to the Graduate Financial Literacy & Wellness Certification, launching Spring 2022.
The three sections of the Financial Literacy & Wellness course cover the following topics:
- Foundations of Financial LIteracy (Badge 1)
- Financial Habits
- Budgeting Income and Expenses
- Credit Cards, Reports, and Scores
- Investing for Your Future (Badge 2)
- Paying for Graduate School and Student Loans
- Debt and Interest
- Career Planning
- Saving for Retirement
- Homebuying and Homeownership
- Building Financial Security (Badge 3)
- Insurance and Risk Management
- Preventing Fraud and Identity Theft
- Estate Planning