The Center for Financial Independence educates and supports all Northeastern students on their path to financial literacy and independence while encouraging peer-to-peer knowledge creation and sharing. The Center primarily operates in three ways: hosting workshops and presentations, student mentor financial counseling, and Thrive – the personal finance incubator.
My one-on-one peer counseling session clarified matters regarding student debt that I previously found to be intimidating and was reluctant to address. In a 30 minute session, I gained a pretty firm grasp on how interest accrues on loans and credit cards, the variety of options available, and possible repayment plans for my debt.
I can definitely see myself using the travel tips and apps that I learned at the “Travel on a Budget” event the next time I am planning a vacation. The activity at the end was fun, and helped me put the new information to use.
The ‘Eating Right When Money’s Tight’ workshop was awesome. I spent way too much of the money I earned on co-op eating out most meals, so it was great to see a chef explain how to cook a week’s worth of tasty meals under $40. I’m definitely looking forward to more workshops like this in the future.
We empower students to make confident financial decisions.
Thrive delivers critical content on how to earn, manage and invest money, as well as appreciate how general market and economic conditions will impact students’ financial decisions throughout their lives.