Financial Fundamentals for Students

Financial Fundamentals for Students

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The #1 reason students drop out of college? Money management problems! The average amount of student loan debt is over $32,000. And the average credit card debt of U.S. households is over $15,000*.

Most people learn about personal finance the hard way on the day they go to buy a car, apply for a home loan, or attempt to rent an apartment. We learn about our mistakes only after we have made them and, in the world of finances, this is very costly.

This self-paced online financial literacy course will help students build financial health and avoid financial messes that can derail important life goals like college graduation. Financial Fundamentals for Students provides a solid foundation to help students navigate personal finance basics including:

  • Spending and saving
  • Understanding student loans
  • Managing credit
  • Investing

Bonus lessons offer simple but often overlooked “Life 101” tips for handling financial milestones:

  • Buying a car
  • Renting an apartment
  • Reducing debt
  • Saving for retirement
  • Giving back to the community

”I decided to order National Center for Student Life’s online course, Financial Fundamentals for Students because I wanted to increase my knowledge about money management. This class helped me by teaching me the basic strategies of spending and saving, while also providing more detailed information on various extra subjects such as buying a car or dealing with debt collectors.

One thing I really liked about this online course was that they incorporated a fair amount of light humor into the videos which made them very easy to watch. I found this experience to be extremely beneficial especially considering that the time commitment is only a handful of hours which can be completed on your own time. I would recommend this course to any person who is looking for a solid foundation of the basic principles regarding finances.” - Dustin Walsh, recent graduate, University of Wisconsin - Madison


This course will guide students through all aspects of personal financial literacy. The course will explain:

  • The fundamentals of personal finance (income, assets, liabilities, expenses) and how they relate to your life
  • How to check and protect your credit report and credit score
  • How to build credit even if you have no previous credit history
  • How to create a budget that will actually work
  • How to get started on a long term investment plan
  • What key numbers you need to know about your student loans, as well as the key resources for finding loan servicers and negotiating payment plans
  • How to get out of debt if you are already in it (and how to stay out of debt forever)
  • How to buy a car
  • What to look for when renting an apartment
  • How to give back to your community
  • How retirement accounts work and what account is right for them

Helpful tools like an “Apartment Rental Checklist” and a “Car Buying Checklist” are included with a comprehensive Student Guide to help students take immediate action.

Topics Covered


Unit 1: Personal Finance Basics

  • Introduction to Personal Finance
  • Goals
  • Compound Interest
  • Organizing Your Financial Life: Definitions
  • Organizing Your Financial Life: Resources

Unit 2: Spending and Saving

  • Introduction to Budgeting
  • The Emergency Fund and the Income Myth
  • Bank Account Basics
  • Tracking Your Expenses
  • The Zero-based Budget

Unit 3: Credit

  • Introduction to Credit
  • Credit Reports
  • Credit Cards
  • Improving Your Credit: Part 1
  • Improving Your Credit: Part 2

Unit 4: Student Loans

  • What They Are
  • How They Work
  • What You Are Responsible For
  • What If You Can’t Pay
  • Tips for Paying On Time

Unit 5: Investing

  • Introduction to Investing: Part 1
  • Introduction to Investing: Part 2
  • How the Stock Market Works: Part 1
  • How the Stock Market Works: Part 2
  • What to Buy

Bonus Lessons: Financial Life Events

  • Buying a Car
  • Renting an Apartment: Part 1
  • Renting an Apartment: Part 2
  • Huge Debt Problems Made Simple
  • Dealing with Debt Collectors: Part 1
  • Dealing with Debt Collectors: Part 2
  • Retirement Accounts
  • Giving Back


# of people Cost per person
1-9 $129
10-24 $99
25-49 $79
50-99 $69

The course enrollment will expire one year after activation.


Order this valuable program today!

Product code: YO15AC

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