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Resources & Tools

Use the following links to find additional help in making good financial decisions.

Money Management

My Money

A government site that supplies you with articles and guides from different agencies that give advice on money management, understanding loans and repayment, and provides you with access to grants and scholarships.

FDIC’s Money Smart Podcast Network

Money Smart Podcast Network covers topics such as the basics of borrowing money wisely, using a spending plan to achieve financial goals, and how to effectively use banking products. Listen to the audio files online or download them to your portable audio player. Join the more than 2 million people reached through Money Smart!

FDIC’s Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction

The Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction (CBI) is a friendly and easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum through a computer. The CBI can complement formal classes or enable people to study independently at their own pace. The CBI is for users age 13 and over.

Each module generally takes between 20-30 minutes to complete. Students receive ongoing feedback and, upon successful completion of each module, can print out a personalized certificate of completion.

My College Money Plan

Designed by the Financial Literacy Project at Wichita State University, this site aims to promote college completion by helping college-bound and new college students (and their families) make a sensible plan for managing money—in college and beyond.

Debt Management

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Student debt repayment assistant helps you determine what repayment option is best for you.

National Student Loan Data System

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of ED programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data.

Federal Direct Student Loans

This site is your source for information from the U.S. Department of Education about how to manage your student loans.

Credit Cards

Know Before You Owe

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau helps consumers understand credit card agreements.

 Credit Scores

Credit Karma

Allows you to see your credit score and condenses your credit report into an easy-to-understand format.  Also has a simulator to show you how decisions can affect your credit score, along with guides to help you be a responsible borrower.

Annual Credit Report

This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.