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YouTube video of Rackham financial advice

Intro to financial aid and scholarships for U-M students. Covers common types of expenses & funding, characteristics of graduate school funding, finding information about funding, understanding the terms of an award, info about the Rackham Fellowships Office, and more.

Vertex 42

Vertex 42 offers a range of free spreadsheet templates, calculators, and calendars, many of which focus on budgeting, education, and financial calculations. Students and other U-M community members can use these templates to help them reflect, track progress, and make improvements.

Your Money Your Life (UM Page)

Webpage to help students gain a better understanding of personal finance and offer concrete steps that students can take to manage their money during and after college. The website offers information about budgeting, investing, money management, and saving, as well as links to news articles and pages of interest related to these topics.

Off-Campus Student Resource Worksheet

Aimed at students planning to live off campus, this worksheet provides a framework for students to work out if/how they can afford to live off campus.

Planning Tools and Calculators from UM

The Financial Aid Office has compiled a list of calculators and tools that can help students plan financially for college, apply for financial aid, compare financial aid offers, plan for student life, and manage their student loans.

Rackham Budget Tool

Uses an individual case study to encourage students to keep track of their monthly expenses and to stick to a budget. Students can use this to inform their own financial planning. The post gives students space to think about their own expenses and adapt this information to suit their own situation.

Financial Football

This web resource houses a fast-paced interactive game that engages students while teaching them personal finance skills. The site also offers interactive lessons and resources designed to educate students and help teachers facilitate classes about all aspects of personal finance, including budgeting, saving, credit, and life events.

Funding Charts (SEAS)

This brochure from SEAS (“Funding for Students”) provides information about where SEAS students can look for funding and employment while studying at U-M. The brochure also contains definitions of key terms related to finance, QR codes that lead to sources of emergency funding, and information about where to seek further support in this area.

Achieving Financial Wellness

Created by UMCU, this tool introduces the four dimensions of financial health: spend, save, borrow, and plan. The tool provides two key indicators for each dimension that users can think about when they take steps towards achieving financial wellness.

Cash Course

Students can create a free account on Cash Course in order to access free personal finance courses and tools that have been designed with college students in mind. Tools include financial calculators, videos, quizzes, spending plans, and glossaries.