Binghamton University’s Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development has partnered with Visions Federal Credit Union to help improve student financial literacy and financial wellness. A ribbon cutting event in Jan. 2017 marked the collaboration.
The partnership between the Fleishman Center and Visions is meant to address a national crisis— more and more students are entering college with sub-par financial knowledge and graduating with ever growing amounts of debt. According to a national study for the class of 2015, about 7 in 10 college students nationally borrowed for their educations, owing just over $35,000 on average. Binghamton University students owe about $23,000 on average.
With support from Visions, a Financial Wellness Center display resides within the Fleishman Center, promoting financial literacy tools that include on-demand, self-guided, web-based modules about budgeting, credit cards, saving, insurance, student loans and investing, among other topics. Visions also provides the services of a financial educator to present to students in classes and hold workshops on financial wellness for interested departments and student groups.
Students who are interested in learning more about financial wellness are encouraged to attend upcoming programs, which include:
Understanding and Negotiating a Job Offer
- Thursday, Feb. 1 from 6-7 p.m. UU-120
- Tuesday, May 1 from 5-6 p.m. (Location TBA)
Personal Finance for College Students
- Thursday, Feb. 15 from Noon-1 p.m. UU-133A
Financial Goal Planning
- Wednesday, Feb. 21 from Noon-1 p.m. UU-133A
- Friday, March 23 from Noon-1 p.m. UU-133A
Affording Graduate School
- Wednesday, March 14 from Noon-1 p.m. UU-133A
Understanding Your Credit Score
Thursday, April 12 from Noon-1 p.m. UU-133A
- Tuesday, April 24 from 6-7 p.m. (Location TBA)
Financial Wellness Walk-In Hours - 2:40-4:20 p.m. in UU-133
- Wednesday, Feb. 14
- Wednesday, March 14
- Wednesday, April 11
Course instructors or students leaders interested in hosting a financial wellness program are encouraged to submit a program request. Available topics that relate to financial literacy and wellness include "Personal Finance for College Students", "Affording Graduate School", "Negotiating Your Job Offer", "The Basics of Saving and Investing" among other topics upon request. For more information about financial wellness programs, please email Cassie Spencer (email@example.com) in the Fleishman Center.