Financial Wellness Resources

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.

Campus/Community Resources

Office of Student Financial Aid

  • 0210 Beardshear Hall
  • 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.

Scholarships available through OneApp

  • 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.

Office of Student Financial Success

  • 0680 Beardshear Hall
  • 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.

United Way of Story County

  • 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.

Iowa State Financial Literacy Guide

  • This financial literacy guide is offered online through the University Library and covers a wide range of personal finance information.