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Find information on badge-eligible activities you can complete for the University of Illinois Financial Literacy Badges program as well as articles on a variety of financial topics. Digital badges align with the US Department of Treasury's financial core competencies of Borrow, Earn, Protect, Save & Spend.

The goal of the Badges Program is to provide a structured option for expanding student’s financial skills and knowledge related to each one of the above financial topics or “financial core competencies”.

To earn a badge, you must complete at least three badge-eligible learning activities in a particular badge, at least one of which is highly encouraged to be in person. 

list of blog posts

  • Establish Healthy Credit

    According to a 2015 study by the Federal Reserve, total U.S. Outstanding Consumer debt was $3.34 trillion! Tune into this Get Savvy webinar for a total money makeover! Learn how your credit health can create credit wealth!

    Establish Healthy Credit is part of the Get Savvy: Grow Your Green Stuff webinar series.

  • Taxability of Graduate Level Tuition & Service Fee Waivers

    Graduate level tuition and service fee waivers that are a benefit of employment are considered taxable income by the IRS.  As a result, you may see a reduction in your take-home pay for the months of October, November and possibly December of the fall semester, and March, April and possibly May of the spring semester.

    The following information includes a collection of resources to help you plan for this potential loss of income.

  • Navigating Financial Aid

    Many students fund their college degrees with some type of financial aid. Navigating the financial aid process can be confusing, but you can head in the right direction by watching this recorded webinar, Navigating Financial Aid. This webinar is part of the Making Money Moves series, in partnership with UIC Office of Special Scholarship Programs, UIC Financial Aid and Scholarships & UIC African American Academic Network.

  • How to Save Money on Food

    Build a healthy, frugal food plan habit while in college and you’ll benefit for the rest of your life!  How to Save Money on Food is part of the Get Savvy: Grow Your Green Stuff webinar series from University of Illinois Extension, University of Illinois USFSCO Student Money Management Center, Columbia College Chicago, North Park University & Southern Illinois University.

  • Funding School with Scholarships

    College is expensive. Scholarships can help you diversify your income to pay for it, so let’s talk about building your financial plan for school through finding scholarships. This webinar recording is part of the Making Money Moves series, in partnership with UIC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships & African American Academic Network - UIC.

  • Financial Wellness & First Professions

    Prepare your finances for your first (or new) professional position after college.  Financial Wellness & First Professions is part of the Get Savvy: Grow Your Green Stuff webinar series from University of Illinois Extension, University of Illinois USFSCO Student Money Management Center, Columbia College Chicago, North Park University & Southern Illinois University.

  • Spooked by Spending Plans?

    Learn what drives our spending desires and how to conquer them to gain full control over your financial fears.  Spooked by Spending Plans? is part of the Get Savvy: Grow Your Green Stuff webinar series from University of Illinois Extension, University of Illinois USFSCO Student Money Management Center, Columbia College Chicago, North Park University & Southern Illinois University.

  • Reports, Scores & Histories: Credit Secrets Revealed

    According to a report by CFED, over "half of Americans are either 'credit invisible' or have poor credit". Understanding the role that credit reports & scores have in telling our financial story to potential lenders, insurers & employers, is an important part of building wealth and establishing a solid financial footing. The consequences of not understanding the world of credit in the United States can cost consumers thousands upon thousands of dollars throughout the course of their financial lives.

  • Cover Your Assets

    In 2013, fires cost Americans roughly $11.5 billion. Do you know the types of insurance that protects you and your assets from financial loss? Cover Your Assets was recorded on Mar 3, 2017, to help you understand different types of insurance and how they can protect you against financial risk!

Questions? Email studentmoney@uillinois.edu.

More information about the University of Illinois Financial Literacy Badges Program here.