Most college students are concerned about money. A recent national study found 7 out of 10 college students feel stressed about their personal finances. ISU Data also shows a majority of students who experience financial stress.
Some of the top stressors for currently enrolled students are:
- The need to repay loans
- The cost of education
- Borrowing money for college
- The need to find a job after college
- Challenge of academic coursework
Financial stressors for many college students are diverse and can include typical living expenses, tuition academic expenses, overspending or credit card debt, student loan debt, work– school–life balance, financial pressures from family, and uncertain employment after graduation. Below are some resources on campus and in community that can help with financial literacy and financial wellbeing.
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- The Office of Student Financial Aid can help with your finanical needs, from filing your FAFSA, to applying for scholarships, to looking for student employment. They also have resources for financial literacy to help you understand your finances, both at school and after you graduate.
- OneApp is the one application portal for all scholarships from Iowa State. Complete the general application and fill out to the application for your department or major. You can also search for scholarships through this portal and view the scholarships you may be eligible for.
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- The Office of Student Financial Success website features a blog and information for getting one-on-one advising on a variety of topics, including: budgeting, spending, credit cards, credit score, student loans and loan repayment, managing debt, and basic personal finance.
- Financial assistance resources including emergency financial assistance, rent and utility relief programs, and more
Student Job Board (available through Access+)
- The Student Job Board lists available jobs under three location categories: on-campus, In Ames, and outside of Ames.
- The job board is located on the Student tab page, listed in the links along the side of the page.
- This financial literacy guide is offered online through the University Library and covers a wide range of personal finance information.
- National Credit Union Financial Literacy and Education Resource Center
- This website features resources for financial literacy and understanding your financial options, including the services provided by credit unions.
- Federal Student Aid
- This website has information about federal aid and how to apply for it. This website will walk you through how to fill out your FAFSA, as well as other grants you can apply for.
- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
- This website allows you to learn more about financial aid offered by each state.
- 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy-American Institute of CPA’s
- Sign up for a free account on this website to access information and resources for financial literacy.
- Iowa Department of Education
- This link includes resources for financial literacy
- National Financial Educators Council
- Become a client or simply download the complimentary financial wellness programming guide and planning worksheet.