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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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What's Your Job Worth?

    Do you know how to get the most out of your job benefits? Let us help! What's Your Job Worth was recorded on Nov 4th, 2016 to help you get better informed when making decisions about internships and job offers!