What is Financial Literacy?

Financial literacy is the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being. Our goal is to help equip students with knowledge and skills to make better decisions about their financial resources. This includes personal finances, investing, budgeting, paying for college, how to protect yourself from identity theft, understanding your financial aid and the FAFSA, preparing for life after college with career and professional development.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 386-822-7120 or

Financial Literacy Week - November 12-15

It's never too early to start planning for your financial future! Our financial literacy week is the perfect opportunity to gain financial skills and connect with resources to get you started. Other perks you won't want to miss: cultural credit, food, swag and attend three events to enter a drawing for a $200 bookstore gift card.

Hatter Hacks: Budgeting and Saving Money

When: November 12, 11:00 a.m. - Noon

Where: Rinker Welcome Center, Lynn Presentation Room 

Wells Fargo Bank will share strategies for setting a personal budget, tracking your spending habits and saving money for short-term and long-term goals.

*Cultural Credit Available

Making Money Moves: What to Focus on First

When: November 12, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Where: LBC 224

Dr. Valrie Chambers, Professor in the School of Business, will provide insight on the financial challenges you may come across throughout your lifetime and help you learn what to tackle first.

*Cultural Credit Available

Thank a Donor Day

When: November 13, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: Stetson Green

This fun event hosted by Donor Relations and Green, White and YOU is an opportunity for students to write required thank you notes to scholarship donors. Thank you cards are provided, along with music, food, a free t-shirt and chances to win prizes.

Financial Aid Tips and FAFSA

When: November 13, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Where: LBC 317

Join the Office of Student Financial Planning and learn all about applying for financial aid. After the presentation, you will have the opportunity to complete your 2020-2021 FAFSA with the expert help of a financial aid counselor. If you plan to fill out your FAFSA, we recommend bringing the following:

  • FSA ID (if created)
  • 2018 income tax return information and W-2s
  • Your Social Security number or alien registration number
  • Recent bank account statement and investment account statement (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

*Cultural Credit Available

What You Need to Know about Personal Income Taxes

When: November 14, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where: LBC 123

Come learn everything you wanted to know about personal income taxes but were afraid to ask! This session is delivered by Bonnie Holloway, Lecturer in the School of Business.

*Cultural Credit Available

Let's Talk Credit

When: November 15, 11:00 a.m. - Noon

Where: Rinker Welcome Center, Lynn Presentation Room

This workshop by Wells Fargo will help you understand the basics of personal credit, the important role it will play in your financial future and tips for getting started.

*Cultural Credit Available

Resources and Tools

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy: The Tools You Need to Manage your Money Tools and tips on becoming more financially literate