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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cash at College: Spending, Saving & Student Loans

    University of Illinois USFSCO's Student Money Management Center and University of Illinois Extension teamed up to offer this educational webinar for all University of Illinois students. This free webinar features lessons on:

    (1) how to effectively budget your money while in college
    (2) the basics of banking
    (3) options for paying your college tuition
    (4) understanding credit
    (5) and how to make the most of your college education

    Cash at College offers an important guide to managing your finances, so don't miss out! Watch the recording today! Take the quiz afterwards to get credit towards the SPENDING badge.