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Knowing where your money goes is the key to being financially well. Budgeting is a proactive approach to organizing your finances and helps to ensure that you are not spending more than you earn. Learning how to budget now will fast track you to reaching your short- and long-term financial goals once you leave JSU.  

Budgeting Solutions 

The less debt acquired during your time in college, the quicker you will be able to start building wealth once you leave. Scholarships help ease the financial burden of attending college. At Jacksonville State University, we offer several types of institutional scholarships for new and continuing students. We also encourage applying for multiple outside scholarship opportunities.  

Don't miss out on scholarship opportunities! Become familiar with the information regarding the scholarships’ requirements, award amounts, and deadlines. 

Where to Find Scholarships 

If you are going to utilize student loans to pay for your education, you need to be an informed borrower. Our goal is to help you manage your student loan debt and provide you with resources to help accomplish your financial goals.

Learn More About Student Loans

Tips on Managing Student Loan Debt

  • Visit or your private lender’s website frequently to monitor your loan information and to stay up to date on your balances
  • Develop a plan on how you are going to pay your student loan debt before you graduate
  • Contact your loan service before you graduate and work with them to come up with the best repayment option
  • Contact your loan servicer with any life situation updates

Proper credit management will produce a favorable credit score. Your credit score is a number between 300 and 850 that shows financial institutions and lenders your overall creditworthiness. When your score is high, you will receive the most favorable terms and conditions on financial products, such as interest rates.

The Most Reputable Sites to Check Your Credit Score

Protect Yourself and Your Credit From Identity Theft

Everything you need to know about scams: 
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Avoid Cryptocurrency Scams 

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The habits developed while in college, such as learning to save and invest, will carry on into adulthood and follow you once you leave JSU. Consistency is the key when it comes to saving and we want to help you identify savings opportunities and establish goals that fit your situation.

How to Get Started With Saving and Investments

  • Build a budget 
  • Identify your goals and needs 
  • Establish a timeline for your goals
  • Educate yourself on the different types of investments and savings accounts available
  • Stay informed
  • Be patient

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A healthy relationship with money will flow over into other areas of wellness in your life. While it is important to take care of your financial wellness, you must prioritize your personal health as well.

Learn More About Personal Wellness

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