Financial Wellness

Helping you manage your money, for school and for life!

September 23, 2013
by Carissa

Living on less than $40k per year

When I talk to people about responsible money management, they will sometimes argue that they don’t even have enough money to manage.  I wholeheartedly disagree!  Like most things in life, smaller projects are always easier to manage than larger ones, and thus having less money is actually the best time to really get control of your finances. 

But don’t just take my word for it; has a great series of guest posts from people all across the country who are living on $40,000 or less.  And they are doing it well!  It is always inspiring and motivating to me to see how others are gaining financial freedom, and I hope their stories will do the same for you.  Check them out, let me know what you think, and feel free to share your stories of money management in the comments!

September 10, 2013
by Carissa
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Financing your Education as an Adult Student

For an adult student, navigating the financial aid and scholarship world can be discouraging; it seems like so many programs are geared towards high school graduates going straight into college. 

But there are opportunities and resources available to adult learners, and the infographic below from shows how to make the most of them.  For additional questions on financial aid or scholarships, please feel free to contact the Franklin Financial Aid Office at


Back to School: Guide to Finding Financial Aid & Scholarships for Adult Students from Scholarship Experts

September 2, 2013
by Carissa

Student ID = Discounts!

When you’re a college student, finances are tight – hence the familiar college staple, the Ramen Noodle diet.  And if you’re a working student with a family to support, you need all the help you can get!  Well, many businesses and retailers recognize this, and this recent post from Brad’s Deals has a pretty long list of all the places you can use your student ID to get a discount.

Also, as the post points out, don’t forget that you may be able to take advantage of these deals even after you graduate!  If you are already taking advantage of some great student deals, or know of any in your area, please feel free to post a comment.