Financial Wellness

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

May 8, 2013
by Carissa

Financial Planning Series kicks off May 21st

Franklin University is proud to offer the 2013-14 Financial Planning Speaker Series, open to all faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as the greater Columbus community.  Our goal is to help you build on your basic financial wellness and start to explore future planning topics for the next stages of your life.  These workshops will be hosted at the downtown campus, and also broadcast online via FranklinLive!

Our first workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 21st from 5:00 – 6:00 PM in Phillips Hall 220.  Erin Gaeta-Mental, CFP, will share her expertise on  “Choosing the Right Insurance for Every Stage of Your Life.”  Click here to learn more and to register to attend.

April 12, 2013
by Carissa

The Best of the Week

As we wrap up Financial Literacy Week here at Franklin, we wanted to share some highlights of the week’s events:

  • All of the workshops from this past week have been recorded via FranklinLive!, and are accessible through this page.
  • Students had the the opportunity to view and print their federal student loan history via the National Student Loan Data System.  Click here for instructions on how you can do this on your own!
  • Graduating students had a chance to learn more about Exit Counseling and ask questions via our staff led online Exit Counseling sessions.  Please view these sessions by clicking here.
  • Beginning next week and through April 29, Franklin students can donate non-perishable food items to the university library in order to have library fines erased!  Read more about Food for Fines.


Don’t forget that April is Financial Literacy Month, and so there are still plenty of opportunities for you get a handle on personal or school finances!  Here’s a “best of the web” compilation:

  • Thirty Steps to Financial Wellness  – a whole month’s worth of money management activities to get you started!
  • Free financial counseling – Apprisen is the local consumer credit counseling agency for Columbus, offering free initial counseling for those requesting money management help.  If you are outside of the Columbus area, click here for an agency close to you.
  • Money Smart Week – Morningstar, an investment research database in our library, is sponsoring investment webinars the week of April 20 – 27th.   Additionally, they have created a fantastic tool to get all of your finances in order so that you can begin to focus on investing.  Click here to view this handy guide.
  • – Everything you need to know about student loans, managing student debt, paying back student loans — and that’s just one part of the website!  You can also explore personal debt, and how to get free debt consultation services.

We hope you have enjoyed this week’s activities, and continue to explore the many resources available to you to help you on your path to fiscal responsibility.  If there’s a favorite site of yours that has not been included, feel free to leave us a comment and tell us about it!

April 8, 2013
by Carissa

Financial Literacy Week Starts Today!

Remember to visit the Financial Literacy Week events today through Thursday, both onsite and online!  These events are open to all students, faculty, and staff.  At the end of the week, we’ll draw winners for fuel cards and gift cards to Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, and Subway — but you have to participate to win, so click here to see today’s events, or check out the rest of this week’s activities.

March 20, 2013
by Carissa

Free Workshops, Prizes, and More! Join us for Financial Literacy Week April 8th – 11th

April is Financial Literacy Month, and so we are very excited to host Franklin’s first Financial Literacy Week from April 8 – 11!  Whether you are an online or face-to-face student, we invite you to participate in any of the events being held that week to help you increase your financial awareness.  The more you participate, the more prize drawing entries you will earn!   To learn more, please visit the Financial Literacy Week page on this blog, or click on the flyer to the left.

Questions?  Please email us at

March 14, 2013
by Carissa

Upcoming Workshop: Homecooked Meals on a Budget

As mentioned in previous posts, eating out is one of the biggest spending leaks in the budgets of many.  We can easily save hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year if we simply made more of our meals at home!

If you’re interested in learning how to make your own budget-friendly meals, the Department of Student Life and Development has a GREAT workshop coming up that will show you how to do just that.  Click here for event details, and to learn more about Local Matters, the nonprofit group whose chef will lead the cooking demonstration. 

The workshop will be Thursday, March 21st from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM in Ross Auditorium.  Attendance is open to the University Community (students, alumni, faculty, and staff), but is limited to 50 participants.  If you are interested in attending, you must RSVP to  The deadline to RSVP is  Wednesday, March 20 at 5 p.m. 

February 18, 2013
by Carissa

Workshops for 2012 taxes & 2013-14 FAFSA completion

Franklin’s Financial Aid Office and Financial Literacy team are working together to help you through what can be a very confusing fiscal time – tax and FAFSA season!

During the first week of March, we will be offering a tax preparation workshop and a FAFSA completion workshop.  These sessions will be open to the first twenty students who register, so please RSVP immediately by following these steps:

1. Choose which workshop(s) you would like to attend:

  •   Tax Preparation – Saturday, March 2nd 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   **1040A or 1040EZ preparation ONLY!
  •   FAFSA workshop #1 – Saturday, March 2nd, 10:00 AM – Noon
  •   FAFSA workshop #2 – Tuesday, March 5th, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

2. Email your RSVP to and include the following information:

                Student name:
                Student ID:
                The workshop(s) I would like to attend is/are:
                Best way to reach me:                

 3. Within 2 business days, you will receive a confirmation email that we have received your RSVP, along with workshop location and details.  If we have already reached our maximum capacity of 20 students for your desired workshop, we will keep a wait-list and contact you should any openings become available.

If you have any questions, please contact