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MoneyWise

Complete assignments for chance to win a scholarship!*

Some win $500

SPU Online Financial Literacy Program 2013-14

MoneyWise Courses: 101 | 201 | 301 | 401

Financial education is important for your financial health and financial future. MoneyWise uses CashCourse and other resources to provide a breadth of financial information by class level. CashCourse is an online financial education resource provided by the National Endowment for Financial Education®

Student Financial Services will notify undergraduate students by email with a list of tasks to be completed. An entry in the $500 scholarship* drawing will be made for each completed task assigned to the student. Two scholarships per undergraduate class level will be awarded by random selection in May.

*Institutional aid eligibility rules apply.

MoneyWise 101 (Freshmen)

Register as a student at CashCourse.org.

Information for each task to be completed for a scholarship entry is provided below.

  1. Budgeting Basics Click on the task name to begin. When completed SPU will receive confirmation and an entry in the scholarship drawing will be made.

  2. 3 Tips for Finding a Part-Time Job Click on the task name to begin.

    Already have a job? You may read 6 Tips for Finding a Summer Job or Internship as alternate task.

    Additional information and access to SPU Job Link is available from the Office of Student Employment here.

    To document completion of this task submit a 100–500 word essay answering the following questions. Send your essay to bristd@spu.edu. Be sure to include your name, SPU ID and “MoneyWise 101 Work” with your essay.

    1. What new information did you learn?
    2. How will this assignment change your thinking, behavior, and/or habits?

    An entry in the scholarship drawing will be made when your essay is received.

  3. Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Identity Click on the task name to begin.

    Be sure to review the FTC information following tip #10. We encourage you to carefully review the information about Tax-Related Identity Theft and Medical Identity Theft information provided from the FTC. You may also be interested in reviewing “Handling Lost IDs and Credit Cards

    To document completion of this task submit a 100–500 word essay answering the following questions. Send your essay to bristd@spu.edu. Be sure to include your name, SPU ID and “MoneyWise 101 Identity Protection” with your essay.

    1. What new information did you learn?
    2. How will this information change your thinking, behavior, and/or habits?

    An entry in the scholarship drawing will be made when your essay is received.

  4. Spring term we will send you instructions for Financial Awareness Counseling completed at StudentLoans.gov.

    Log in at StudentLoans.gov to complete the counseling. This counseling includes five steps:

    1. Understand Your Loans: Your NSLDS student loan records will be imported into the counseling. You will need to add any future federal loan disbursements and information about any loans not included in NSLDS.
    2. Manage Your Spending: This step uses your current in-school expenses and funds.
    3. Plan to Repay: This step uses information based on your anticipated post-graduation income and expenses.
    4. Avoid Default
    5. Make Finances a Priority

    SPU will receive completion records from StudentLoans.gov and an entry in the scholarship drawing will be made.

    (If you have never filed a FAFSA or have concerns about entering your personal information into this government website you may complete the Financial Awareness Counseling without logging in. Click on Financial Awareness Counseling on the studentloans.gov home page and complete the steps. Since completion without logging in will not provide record of completion to SPU, please submit a 100–500 word essay about what you have learned from this counseling via email to bristd@spu.edu.)


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MoneyWise 201 (Sophomores)

Register as a student at CashCourse.org.

Information for each task to be completed for a scholarship entry is provided below.

  1. Be Credit Savvy Click on the task name to begin. When completed SPU will receive confirmation and an entry in the scholarship drawing will be made.

  2. Carded! How Plastic Savvy are You? Click on the task name to begin. When completed SPU will receive confirmation and an entry in the scholarship drawing will be made.

  3. Saving Money While in College: It can be Done! Click on the task name to begin.

    To document completion of this task submit a 100–500 word essay answering the following questions. Send your essay to bristd@spu.edu Be sure to include your name, SPU ID and “MoneyWise 201 Saving Money” with your essay.

    1. What new information did you learn?
    2. How will this information change your thinking, behavior, and/or habits?

    An entry in the scholarship drawing will be made when your essay is received.

  4. Spring term we will send you instructions for Financial Awareness Counseling completed at StudentLoans.gov.

    Log in at StudentLoans.gov to complete the counseling. This counseling includes five steps:

    1. Understand Your Loans: Your NSLDS student loan records will be imported into the counseling. You will need to add any future federal loan disbursements and information about any loans not included in NSLDS.
    2. Manage Your Spending: This step uses your current in-school expenses and funds.
    3. Plan to Repay: This step uses information based on your anticipated post-graduation income and expenses.
    4. Avoid Default
    5. Make Finances a Priority

    SPU will receive completion records from StudentLoans.gov and an entry in the scholarship drawing will be made.

    (If you have never filed a FAFSA or have concerns about entering your personal information into this government website you may complete the Financial Awareness Counseling without logging in. Click on Financial Awareness Counseling on the studentloans.gov home page and complete the steps. Since completion without logging in will not provide record of completion to SPU, please submit a 100–500 word essay about what you have learned from this counseling via email to bristd@spu.edu.)


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MoneyWise 301 (Juniors)

Register as a student at CashCourse.org.

Information for each task to be completed for a scholarship entry is provided below.

  1. Test Your Student Loan IQ Click on the task name to begin. When completed SPU will receive confirmation and an entry in the scholarship drawing will be made.

  2. Are You Ready for a Financial Emergency? Click on the task name to begin. When completed SPU will receive confirmation and an entry in the scholarship drawing will be made.

  3. The Smart Student’s Guide to Credit Reports Click on the task name to begin.

    To document completion of this task submit a 100–500 word essay answering the following questions. Send your essay to bristd@spu.edu. Be sure to include your name, SPU ID and “MoneyWise 301 Credit Reports” with your essay.

    1. What new information did you learn?
    2. How will this information change your thinking, behavior, and/or habits?

    An entry in the scholarship drawing will be made when your essay is received.

  4. Spring term we will send you instructions for Financial Awareness Counseling completed at StudentLoans.gov.
  5. Log in at StudentLoans.gov to complete the counseling. This counseling includes five steps:

    1. Understand Your Loans: Your NSLDS student loan records will be imported into the counseling. You will need to add any future federal loan disbursements and information about any loans not included in NSLDS.
    2. Manage Your Spending: This step uses your current in-school expenses and funds.
    3. Plan to Repay: This step uses information based on your anticipated post-graduation income and expenses.
    4. Avoid Default
    5. Make Finances a Priority

    SPU will receive completion records from StudentLoans.gov and an entry in the scholarship drawing will be made.

    (If you have never filed a FAFSA or have concerns about entering your personal information into this government website you may complete the Financial Awareness Counseling without logging in. Click on Financial Awareness Counseling on the studentloans.gov home page and complete the steps. Since completion without logging in will not provide record of completion to SPU, please submit a 100–500 word essay about what you have learned from this counseling via email to bristd@spu.edu.)


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MoneyWise 401 (Seniors)

Register as a student at CashCourse.org.

Information for each task to be completed for a scholarship entry is provided below.

  1. Getting Started with Saving and Investing Click on the task name to begin. When completed SPU will receive confirmation and an entry in the scholarship drawing will be made.

  2. Making the Most of Employee Benefits Click on the task name to begin. When completed SPU will receive confirmation and an entry in the scholarship drawing will be made.

  3. Car Costs You Auto Know Click on the task name to begin. When completed SPU will receive confirmation and an entry in the scholarship drawing will be made.

  4. Calculating Your Future Salary Click on the task name to begin.

    To document completion of this task submit a 100–500 word essay answering the following questions. Send your essay to bristd@spu.edu. Be sure to include your name, SPU ID and “MoneyWise 401 Future Salary” with your essay.

    1. What new information did you learn?
    2. How will this information change your thinking, behavior, and/or habits?

    An entry in the scholarship drawing will be made when your essay is received.


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Last Updated: 2/19/2014



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