Money Makes The World Go Round.


Strategy 9 of Higher Learning begins with the directive, “Don’t let financial matters get between you and your degree.” Not only do financial challenges pose a risk to your ability to finish college, but they also factor into your options and opportunities after college. The more you know about sound money management strategies, and the sooner you adjust your habits to prioritize savings and long-term wealth growth, the better off you will be. The bad news here is that there are often few substantive spaces for college students to deeply explore this issue, receive mentoring, and get on the right path. We are often hesitant to talk openly about money matters, because it can reveal a lot about people (you can imagine that a student who is extremely wealthy may not want others to know and treat them differently, just as you can reason that a student without much money may simply want to blend in and not be identified as receiving significant financial aid and scholarship support, even in a climate that promotes access and support for students with substantial need). Additionally, we can easily assume that people are financially stable - that they have reasonable spending habits, that there’s some money in the bank, that they understand the ins and outs of money management, and so on.


It takes commitment to get and keep your money right. The following links and tools will be useful as you map out your personal wealth building plan. I will break them down into five simple steps.