Resources to Understand Financial Aid

Financial Avenue offers interactive online courses designed to assist undergraduate students. These courses will help students in understanding financial aid, budgeting, contracts, credit, credit history and identity theft. Adventures In Education provides financial tips for students regarding managing credit and debt wisely. The resources on this page will help students understand how they can become a responsible credit card user.

A Student’s Story – Credit Card Debt Don’t fall into the trap of bad spending habits in college, especially when you use credit cards. In this video, a college graduate explains how living like a professional and accumulating debt while in college forced her to live like a student once she completed her degree.

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Financial Awareness Basics provides everything you need to make smart decisions about your financial future. There are also tips and tools available to help you manage your money and prepare you for financial success.

Money Management Tips for International Students is an informative PowerPoint Presentation with tips on how to budget and save money in the United States.

Scholarships & Financial Aid For Minority Students offers resource guides for minorities, veterans and students with disabilities.

Deciding How Much to Borrow provides helpful tips to help you determine how much to borrow.

MyMoney is dedicated to teaching the basics of financial education. This is a helpful resource, especially if you need advice or assistance to buy a home, balance your checkbook or invest in your 401k.

College Budgeting 101 is sourced by Debt.org. It offers helpful tips for planning your educational and living expenses while in school.

Building and Repairing Credit History is another helpful link from Debt.org. Here you may find information on basic credit reporting as well as some helpful tips on improving your score.

Virginia Financial Aid Blog is a blog hosted by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). If you find yourself asking, “How does financial aid work?” be sure to visit this site. It is an “online resource for students, parents and education personnel who are seeking information about federal and state financial aid.”

Student Loan Exit Counseling is a requirement for all student loan borrowers to complete at the end of their program. The Central Financial Aid Office provides various ways to fulfill this requirement.

Best Schools helps students understand the ranking of colleges they are interested in attending.

The Simple Dollar’s Debt Payoff Calculator helps you understand your debt, what happens when you pay a little extra, and compare your current payoff approach against an accelerated payoff plan.