Financial Literacy - Get Your Bearings

About Our Program

Our Get Your Bearings program educates our students and the Brown community on financial basics (financial literacy). We hold workshops through the academic year and provide information online & on our Facebook page. Our program is run by members of the Brown University Loan Office, Financial Services, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Alpert Medical School Office of Financial Aid.

Students and parents agree that today's college students need to be prepared to deal with the financial challenges that lie ahead. Brown is committed to helping students gain the knowledge to make informed decisions.

Events

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NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION SESSION: (Presentation PDF)
Establishing An Effective Financial Foundation
11:00 am–11:50 am, Salomon Center, Room 101
Learn about Brown University’s “Get Your Bearings” program. In this kick-off session we will introduce our programs for protecting your identity, steps to establishing good credit, borrowing loans wisely, budgeting, and spending/savings tips to use while at Brown and in Providence. Join us, “Get Your Bearings”, and take control of your finances, right from the start! Parents and students are welcome to attend this session.

FINANCIAL AWARENESS WEEK
September 15th through 19th:
We'll be reaching out to you all week - watch for Morning Mail & like our new Facebook page.

Wednesday 9/17: Come to our Budgeting & Spending Wisely Workshop from 4:30-5:30 in the Robert Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge. 

Thursday 9/18: Come to our Get Your Bearings Meet & Greet on the Main Green (11:00-1:00) or at the Alpert Medical School.

FALL WORKSHOPS:
We are busy scheduling the following workshops. Check back soon for additional details.
9/17: Budgeting & Spending Wisely
Week of 9/22: Information for Class of '18 International Students
10/21: Budgeting & Spending Wisely for Medical Students
Week of 11/4: Successful Scholarship Searches

Get Involved

Show your support by displaying our flyers, hosting an information session for your group or organization, networking to bring financial presenters to campus, or simply talking to students and colleagues about the program. We are able to provide printed materials/flyers for display or distribution, e-newsletters, and conduct financial presentations on campus.

Contact us at getyourbearings@brown.edu or submit our Suggestions & Partnerships form and tell us how you'd like to get involved!  You can also join our listserv to receive emails on a variety of financial topics.

Web Trainings & Podcasts

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NelNet's "Money Mondays" program offers web based training on a range of financial topics.  Webinars are offered on Monday afternoons/evenings.

Other Resources

  • 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