Financial Literacy Month

National Financial Literacy Month is an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach individuals how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.

Investopedia defines financial literacy as the possession of knowledge and understanding of financial matters. Financial literacy is mainly used in connection with personal finance matters. Financial literacy often entails the knowledge of properly making decisions pertaining to certain personal finance areas like real estate, insurance, investing, saving, tax planning, and retirement.

Essentially, financial literacy is all about making the most of your money and striving to achieve financial wellness. In honor of Financial Literacy Month, we will be posting intercoms about financial resources that are available on-campus and within the community.

Financial Literacy Resources & Events (look for these on Intercom as well):

Free "Loan to Own" Workshop (CCE)
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 3:30 - 5:30pm
Covers installment loans, including car loans and home equity loans.

Free Money Management Workshop (CCE)
Monday, April 3, 2017, 6 - 8pm
This FREE workshop helps you learn to set financial goals, track spending, and get the most for your money! Join CCE and share your ideas about ways to save and utilize community resources. All participants receive a free assortment of money management tools.

Home Buyer U (INHS)
Begins April 5, 2017
Think you’re ready to take the plunge and buy your first home? Not sure where to start? Start with this four-week education class.

Free "Your Own Home" Workshop (CCE)
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 3:30 - 5:30pm
This FREE workshop covers the pros and cons of renting versus owning a home, the home buying process, and financially protecting your home.

IC My Future Retirement Planning Event
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 10am - 2:15pm
IC My Future is a retirement planning event for everyone! Regardless of whether you’ve already begun arranging for your retirement years or even if you haven’t started yet, please join the Office of Human Resources as we bring together organizations skilled at helping employees plan for retirement.

Free Financial Recovery Workshop (CCE)
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 3:30 - 5:30pm
This workshop covers how to recover financially and rebuild credit after experiencing a financial setback.

Free Local Tax Preparation
The end of tax season is coming up quickly. If you need help, Cornell Cooperative Extension lists local options for free tax preparation assistance through Alternatives Federal Credit Union, United Way of Tompkins County, and Lifelong.

Financial Avenue Online
A free financial literacy course to familiarize our community with financial concepts and strategies. Covering such topics as loan repayment, budgeting, and money and college, Inceptia offers an enjoyable self-paced course geared towards producing financially savvy individuals.

Free 1/2 hour Legal and Financial Consultations (EAP)
Advice and consultation with an attorney or financial advisor about issues such as credit, bankruptcy, ID theft, traffic tickets, collections, debt consolidation

Estate Guidance
Faculty and Staff members have access to Estate Guidance Will Services provided by The Hartford. It helps you create a simple, legally binding will quickly and conveniently online, saving you the time and expense of a private legal consultation.

Free Budget and Credit Counseling (clearpoint)
A free budget and credit counseling session from Clearpoint can help you pay down debt, manage expenses, plan for the future, and achieve financial peace of mind.

My Social Security
Taking advantage of this secure services allows you to place for your financial future and enables you to verify that your information is correct. This is important because SSA uses past earnings to determine the amount of future retirement benefits.

Discounts and Perks
Ithaca College faculty and staff members and their eligible dependents have the opportunity to enjoy many perks and discounts that come with working for the College.

TIAA Financial Consultation
Talk with TIAA to learn about strategies that can help you make the most out of the money you've saved.

My Money Five
Making the most of your money starts with five building blocks for managing and growing your money -- The MyMoney Five. Keep these five principles in mind as you make day-to-day decisions and plan your financial goals.