Why Financial Literacy is Important
Learning how to use your money wisely now will help you make informed financial decisions and build a strong foundation for your future.
We firmly believe that money management is an important, practical skill set for all students to learn, and practice. Developing positive saving and spending habits will benefit you throughout your life.
While this educational program is neither mandatory nor applicable as course credit, we strongly encourage you to browse around. Take some free, short lessons. Schedule an appointment with a Peer Money Mentor. The Financial Aid Administration office will continue to offer related opportunities and events each semester.
Interested students, on-campus clubs/organizations, and faculty and staff members are always welcome to contact our office to request a presentation by a financial aid administrator trained and/or certified in personal finance management.
Manhattan College does not provide legal, financial, or tax advice. Financial literacy resources are provided for informational purposes only. Manhattan College is not responsible for any financial repercussions including, but not limited to monetary losses, property, or investments experienced by a student or affiliate as a result of accessing financial literacy content, as provided in all forms (website, in person, electronic correspondence, or written materials). Students should seek consultation with a professional tax and/or financial advisor before taking any financial decision or action that could have an impact on their financial situation.
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CashCourse is a free resource with tips and tools for managing your money.
Broad topics covered include financial basics, paying for college and economic survival. Get started today and learn more about:
- Understanding financial aid
- Paying for college
- Creating a budget
- Protecting your credit
- Saving money
- Setting financial goals
- Renting an off-campus apartment
- How to compare job offers
- Understanding employee benefits
- And much more!
TG Financial Online Program
The TG Learning Center is a free online resource that teaches students critical financial skills they need to succeed through short, engaging lessons.
Why You Should Participate
- Students will learn invaluable money management skills in a way that is easy to understand and relevant to their lives.
- Students who complete the TG Financial courses will have their participation noted on their financial aid file and taken into consideration if an account review is ever required.
- We may also request students to complete certain courses. This is especially true if a student submits an appeal for additional aid consideration, wishes to borrow loans, prepares for graduation, or fails to uphold satisfactory academic progress.
- Otherwise, you may "learn the hard way" by making future financial mistakes that may be more costly, long-lasting, and stressful.
1. Visit TG Financial. Click to access the site as a student.
2. Register as a New User and log in.
3. Click Launch Learning Center.
4. Copy and paste a Special Access Code in the appropriate field, depending on your class standing:
- Freshmen - CUFRESHMENMC
- Sophomores - CUSOPHMC
- Juniors - CUJUNIORMC
- Seniors and Recent Graduates - CUGRADUATEMC
5. Complete the sign-up process. Special access code users will receive an email about an hour afterward indicating that your Learning Plan is accepted. You can then re-visit the website to start the lessons. Refer to the middle column while logged in to the Learning Center, titled "My Learning Center".
Complete the courses provided through TG Financial at your own pace. Lessons are 10-15 minutes long and interactive. Additional lesson topics are available under Course Catalog. See the FAQ section for more information and technical assistance.
- iPad users: This tablet device does not support Flash, which is required to access the TG Learning Center courses.
- Use a Windows-based PC or Apple computer.
- Enable pop-up windows in your Internet browser settings.
Peer Money Mentors
Peer Money Mentors are work-study/campus employment students who are trained and supervised by a financial aid administrator specializing in financial literacy. They are upperclassmen students who promote financial literacy on campus and receive ongoing support in their paraprofessional role. They believe that learning financial literacy is a key aspect of personal growth for students and help present at individual and group workshop sessions.
Students can also schedule individual appointments with a mentor to address financial questions and obtain useful resources. Common topics and skills discussed include:
- Student Loan Debt Management
- Creating a Spending Plan
- Understanding Credit and Credit Cards
- Setting Financial Goals
- Preparing to Move Off-Campus
- Preparing for Life after College
- Understanding Employee Benefits/Compensation
- Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft
Appointments are available to enrolled Manhattan College students. Students are required to log in to their Manhattan College Jaspernet e-mail accounts to access the request form. Students with complex inquiries may be referred to a financial aid counselor in lieu of meeting with a peer mentor.
The resources below can help you take control of your personal finances before, during, and after earning your college degree.
- 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
- AnnualCreditReport.com - request a free copy of your basic credit report once every four months from a different credit bureau (does not reveal your FICO score)
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: On Pay and Benefits By Occupation and Industry
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook
- CNN: Money 101
- CreditKarma - View your Transunion FICO credit score for free
- FDIC Consumer News
- Federal Trade Commission - How to avoid or report being a victim of identity theft
- Financial Awareness and Consumer Training for Students (FACTS) by NYS HESC
- Financial Awareness Counseling from Federal Student Aid
- Investor.gov: Saving and Investing for Students
- National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)
- Personal Finance 101: Federal Student Aid Administration
- 'Like' us on Facebook
- TG Adventures in Education: How to Read a Credit Report, and Manage Your Money
U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency: Financial Literacy Resources Directory
- You Can Deal With It - Financial advice, including resources for managing student loan debt