Financial Literacy

Now more than ever, financial literacy is critical to success both in and after Western. A recent study finds that most Americans have more debt than savings, and another finds that nearly 60 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings. The availability of credit and loans have opened access for many people to conveniences and opportunities not previously available to them, but behind the curtain is compounding interest, debt loads that influence your credit rating and small print that can drag you into real financial trouble. 

Money is a tool, and Western is committed to helping you learn use that tool in ways that will bring you the most benefit and fewest headaches later on. Here are several (free) resources to help you on your path to financial independence. 

CashCourse (www.cashcourse.org)
CashCourse: Your Real-Life Money Guide

A free resource produced by the National Endowment for Financial Education, CashCourse provides several self-paced courses; customizable budgets, worksheets and calculators; articles; a personal dashboard; and a Q&A discussion board.

Western's Financial Aid Office (www.western.edu/finaid)

Information about the cost of attendance, scholarships and a net price calculator.