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Does personal finance make 'cents' to you?

Program puts on “Money Smart” week

By Hannah Kepros
On May 2, 2012

There are a lot of programs around campus that students can become active in.  The hardest part is becoming aware of what is available that pertains and interests each individual.  The Racquet is here to make it a bit easier.  Showcased this week is the "It Make$ Cents" financial literacy program.  
This University of Wisconsin-La Crosse program is all about allowing students easy access to information on personal finance.  It contains simple facts, personal skills, and finding the proper resources to get students on the right monetary path.  Money is something that is on all minds. With rising prices of virtually everything, a rough economy, and the recent realization that student loan debt will be the highest ever, I am sure we are all a bit nervous for what lies financially ahead.  
Last week on campus, the "It Make$ Cents" program put on what they call "Money Smart Week".  It was a week long event full of games, free stuff, and student knowledge on personal finance.  
If you were unaware of the event, or just happened to miss it, one example of last week's perks was the "Cash Cart".  On Monday, if you were willing to get quizzed on personal finance and student loan questions, then you got a free ride to class in a golf cart.  There were loads of games, free food, and free prizes as well.  The biggest give-away was a digital camera.
"I happened to be walking by between classes and stopped to see what was going on.  They had a lot of great brochures and handouts on financial issues that students are most likely dealing with.  I think it is a good idea to make this information public to students on campus," said sophomore at UW-L, Kristine Schill.  
Although that event is over, the "It Make$ Cents" team and mentors are always available and open to students coming in and asking any questions they may have.
The Wisconsin Covenant office and the Financial Aid office are in coordination with the program and the team here at UW-L.  The team members are listed on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse website, and their offices are listed as well.  Additionally, the website offers financial resources to help students further understand the importance of personal finance.  There is everything from simple budget tips, to money management tools, to easy to follow how-to videos.  
Another popular resource that this program can assist students with, is finding off campus housing.  With summer approaching and leases ending, this would be a great place and time to get assistance on renting the right place for you.  "I definitely visited the off campus housing page on their website.  It is convenient because it lists houses and apartments within a close range of campus, which I think most students are looking for," said Schill.  
  The team encourages all UW-L students to stop in at any time, to any of the team's offices.  The Financial Aid Center in Graff Main Hall is also a great place to visit for any questions.  The "It Make$ Cents" team also asks students to "like" their Facebook page and follow what events they're holding.

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