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 through this section. Use the websites. Take some free, short lessons. Ask questions. The Financial Aid Administration office will continue to offer related opportunities and events each semester.
Further, 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 counselor 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 negatively impact their personal finances.
External Links and Third Party Content
The Manhattan College website contains external links to third party content hosted on unaffiliated sites and servers. Manhattan College makes no representations whatsoever regarding the accuracy or security of third party content/sites that may be accessible directly or indirectly from the Manhattan College website. Linking to these third party sites in no way implies an endorsement or affiliation of any kind between Manhattan College and any third party, including legal authorization to use any trademark, trade name, logo, or copyrighted materials belonging to any outside entity.
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 brief, engaging lessons.
Read more about the program, then follow the instructions below to sign-up.
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 is awarded with additional aid, wishes to borrow loans, prepares for graduation, or fails to uphold satisfactory academic progress.
- Otherwise, you may learn by making serious mistakes later that are costly, more permanent, and personally damaging.
Start: Visit TG Financial
Temporarily enable your Internet browser pop-ups or select an option to allow pop-ups if a security message appears.
1. Register a New User account and log in.
2. Click Launch Learning Center.
3. 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
4. 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.
5. Refer to the middle column while logged in to the Learning Center, titled My Learning Center. You must finish all the required courses and associated quizzes to successfully complete a learning plan.
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.
Known Technical Issues
TG Financial is aware that there are some technical incompatibility issues experienced by users trying to access their individual TG Learning Center. Manhattan College was recently informed that there are some incompatibility issues with users who prefer:
- iPads. This tablet device does not support Flash. Apple computers should not be impacted.
- PCs with Microsoft Windows and using the Google Chrome web browser.
- Make sure your browser settings enable pop-up windows.
- Use a Windows-based PC or Apple computer.
- Use Internet Explorer 9 or Mozilla Firefox browsers.
Peer Money Mentors
Starting in early November 2013, students will be able to meet with a Peer Money Mentor on a walk-in and/or appointment basis.
Our Peer Money Mentors are employed work-study/campus employment students who are hired, trained, and supervised by a financial aid counselor specializing in financial literacy. Peer Money Mentors tend to be upperclassmen students who express a personal interest in promoting financial literacy on campus and receive ongoing support in their paraprofessional role.
More details to follow soon.
In observance of National Financial Literacy Month (April 2013), we are offering a peer mentorship program to enrolled students presenting personal finance questions and concerns.
April 15, 2013 - April 22, 2013
- Request an appointment with a peer mentor and acquire helpful personal finance resources to meet your financial questions and concerns.
- The first 10 sign-ups will receive a gift card! Redemption value and location will vary.
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
- 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 Graduate with a Spending Plan, 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