Financial Literacy Skills for Planning Your Financial Future
Point Park University is deeply committed to student success and ensuring that our students have the tools they need to effectively manage their money. Our goal is to provide you with information that will expand your financial literacy so you can make informed decisions throughout life.
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The University has many resources to assist you in attaining your degree. The Office of Student Accounts and the Office of Financial Aid should be the first stop for any student seeking information and resources on paying for your education. Our offices are dedicated to providing students with tools, resources, and information to assist you in your financial decision making.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (sections 1041 and 1042) requires that the secretary of the treasury, in consultation with the secretary of education and other agencies, enhance financial literacy among postsecondary students through developing initiatives, programs and curricula that improve student awareness of short- and long-term costs associated with student loans and other debts and assisting students in navigating the financial aid process.
The following information is available to help educate our students and families and assist them in making informed decisions to reach their financial goals.
- National Student Loan Data System NSLDS is a helpful resource in federal student loan management, as it allows students to view a summary of all of their federal student loans, as well as the contact information for the holder(s) and servicer(s) of their loans.
- StudentLoans.gov– Financial Aid Awareness explains your student loan questions.
- Annual Credit Report Students should request a free annual credit report. This will allow you to pull your credit report from all three credit reporting bureaus.
- Credit Card Insider - Free resource to assist consumers in finding the right credit card and getting the most out of it and tools to help you use credit responsibly.
- CashCourse.org – CashCourse.org serves as a great resource for students as it speaks to many of the common financial pitfalls they may encounter during their college years.
- MappingYourFuture.org – Mapping Your Future is a free resource for career, college, financial aid and money management information. The goal is to help individuals achieve life-long success by empowering students, families and schools with web-based information and services.
- My FICO – Get the details on your FICO score, understand positive and negative influences, how to monitor it and full access to customer support. View more information about FICO scores.
- MyMoney.gov – This is the U.S. government’s website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education.
- PNC Financial Literacy 101 – Before you borrow, understand the ins and outs of paying for college.
- SallieMae.com/FICO – This is a good time to become aware of what credit is and how to responsibly manage credit health.
- USA.gov/credit-reports - Credit reports contain information about your bill payment history, loans, current debt, and other financial information. They show where you work and live and whether you've been sued, arrested or filed for bankruptcy.
- YouCanDealWithIt.com – Provides practical advice about paying for college and managing your debt.