Get Your Bearings Program
Brown's "Get Your Bearings" program is designed to help our students understand and manage their finances. Our financial literacy program offers workshops, newsletters, a dedicated website, and information on other financial tools. Join us & take control of your finances!
Who We Are
"Get Your Bearings" is a collaborative effort from the Brown University Loan Office, Financial Services, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Alpert Medical School Office of Financial Aid.
Click on the Spring 2014 Flyer below to view details & register for workshops!
Attend 5 workshops this academic year & enter to win! Recieve a punch card at any workshop - once you gather 5 punches you are eligible to enter.
Prizes for 2013-2014 include an iPad, Beats headphones, and free Budgeting Software!
Web Trainings & Podcasts
NelNet's "Money Mondays" program offers web based training on a range of financial topics. Webinars are offered on Monday afternoons/evenings.
Join our listserv to receive emails and newsletters on a variety of financial topics.
- MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching the basics about financial education. Whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k), the resources on MyMoney.gov can help you maximize your financial decisions. Throughout the site, you will find important information from 20 Federal agencies and Bureaus designed to help you make smart financial choices.
- Medical Students - The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers a variety of financial information and tools designed to help members of the academic medicine community navigate the complexities of financial aid, student debt, and money management.
- Use mobile budgeting tools to make it easy to track spending, make updates, and get alerts if you overspend. A few good examples are www.xpenser.com or www.mint.com
- Check your credit report: Visit www.annualcreditreport.com to obtain one free per year from each of the major credit bureaus.
- Estimate your paycheck deductions and net income (take home pay) at www.surepayroll.com
- Know what you owe: Check your federal loan balances and locate your federal servicer at the National Student Loan Database System (NSLDS)
- Learn about federal loan programs at StudentAid.ed.gov