Ripon College Money Fitness works with educators from local non-profits such as the Financial Information & Service Center, Inc., a division of Goodwill Industries and the UW-Extension office from Fond du Lac.
Some of our recent presentations include “A Roof Over Your Head” which covers the legal aspects of renting, budgeting to get an apartment, and what to do if you think you’re being discriminated against. The “Student Loans Explained” program describes all the different ways federal loans can be paid, the difference between federal and private loans, and how to find out how much you currently owe.
The “Understanding Your Credit Score and Ways to Improve It” course teaches students about credit report and credit scores. Students learn how to read and understand their Credit Report, building practical skills for the future.
The three-hour workshop will teach you the basics of how to make the most of your money through understanding:
- interest rates
- student loans/borrowing money
Ripon College Money Coaches are student peer-to-peer tutors who work with students one-on-one to answer questions about budgeting, saving, credit score, credit cards, and student loans.
Students meet with a coach to have money questions answered and develop a plan for the future. They then meet once a semester to answer any new questions and ensure students are following through with their plan.
The goal of this program is to get students to develop good financial habits through education and accountability while they are in school so they take these habits with them when they graduate.