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Financial Literacy Month aids students with tools and tips

By Leslie King | Emory Report | March 28, 2013

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Emory to celebrate National Financial Literacy Month with a series of campus of events starting March 29. Photo by Kimber Williams.

April is National Financial Literacy Month, and Emory will celebrate it, for the second year in a row, with a series of on-campus events.

Peer financial counselors from Emory's Office of Financial Aid will highlight the importance of financial literacy and promote the importance of maintaining healthy financial habits.

National Financial Literacy Month kicks off Friday, March 29, at 11 a.m. on the Quadrangle. Employees and students can enjoy performances by Emory step teams and dance groups while getting information on financial topics such as student loan repayment options, saving, investing and credit management.

"I believe that students are becoming a lot more financially savvy," says Maria Carthon, staff coordinator for Emory's Peer Financial Counseling Program. "They are also very conscientious about the amount of student loan debt that they are incurring and the impact that it will have on their future."

Activities include:

  • One-on-one personal finance sessions with professional financial advisers from Smart Path Financial and CredAbility, the former Consumer Credit Counseling Services. The financial advisers are Emory alumni, notes Carthon.

  • Student loan repayment seminars.

  • "Finding Your Financial Freedom," a series of seminars featuring Goizueta Business School professors discussing investment strategies and their personal experiences on money management.  

While the month's events are primarily for students, staff and faculty can take advantage of all of the events as well, Carthon says.

Participation by Emory's schools will be widespread, with events scheduled in each school during the month of April, she says.

Students can enter for a chance to win a $100 scholarship sponsored by the Office of Financial Aid by completing an online financial literacy tutorial.  Visit www.TG.org/LC for more information and use the access code: CUEMORYFINL1.

Visit the Office of Financial Aid in the Boisfeuillet Jones Center to see the photography of Jeffrey Shiau, a senior in Emory College.  His photos are also featured in the current edition of MINT, Emory's student financial literacy newsletter.

For more details on National Financial Literacy Month at Emory, see the  schedule of events.

To learn more about financial literacy, visit Emory's Student Money Management website.