Financial Literacy

Sensible Strategies

Sensible Strategies is Midwestern University's Financial Literacy Program; its mission is to inspire and empower students, alumni, and the community to make smart and ethical money management decisions. We do this through interactive and engaging teaching sessions.

Sensible Strategies effectuates this mission through three distinct phases:

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  • Financial Aid Awareness
    • What You Need to Know Session - financial aid basics for new students
    • Student Financial Services Midpoint Session - financial aid recap and look forward at each program's midpoint
    • Student Financial Services Graduation Clearance - comprehensive look forward as students transition into repayment after graduation
  • Financial Life Basics
    • In-person and webinar sessions on: 
      • Budgeting/Saving
      • Investing/Retirement
      • Insurance
      • Taxes
      • Credit
  • Community Outreach
    • Alumni Events
      • Employment Strategies
      • Budgeting/Repayment Strategies
      • Business Strategies
    • Public Events

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    All of Sensible Strategies programs and events are at no cost to students and alumni. Individual and small group sessions are available and developed in conjunction with the specific needs of the individual or groups.

    Current students, click on the links below to access internal financial literacy resources (you will need your login credentials): Canvas Courses

    Financial Literacy Resources

    Here list a list of great external resources to help anyone become more financially literate:

    360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
    360 Degrees is a national volunteer effort of the nation's Certified Public Accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances and develop money management skills. It focuses on financial education as a lifelong endeavor-from children learning about the value of money to adults reaching a secure retirement.

    American Savings Education Council
    The Emmy and Telly award-winning Choose to Save® national public education and outreach program is dedicated to raising awareness about the need to plan and save for long-term personal financial security. This site is co-sponsored by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and the American Savings Education Council

    Bankrate provides free rate information to consumers on more than 300 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used automobile loans, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees. In addition to rate data, Bankrate publishes original and objective personal finance stories to help consumers make informed financial decisions.

    CNN's Money 101
    A step by step guide to gaining control over your financial life.

    Get Rich Slowly
    Get Rich Slowly was recently named the most inspired financial blog by Money magazine and is devoted to personal finance. The author shares stories about debt elimination, saving money, and practical investing. Readers will also find links to personal finance tools, articles, book reviews, and software. 

    The U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission is dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are planning to buy a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401k, the resources on can help you do it better. Throughout the site, you will find important information from 20 federal agencies government wide. 

    Practical Money Skills for Life
    To help consumers and students of all ages learn the essentials of personal finance, Visa has partnered with leading consumer advocates, educators, and financial institutions to develop the Practical Money Skills program. is a website that displays results from thousands of hours of research and analysis on products and services across dozens of different verticals. The Finance Reviews section will allow you to read reviews, expert Q & A, and comparisons on credit cards, credit reports, identity theft protection services and more. 

    Smart About Money
    Get quick tips on budgeting, reducing debt, and setting financial goals. The site is sponsored by the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®), an independent, nonprofit foundation committed to educating Americans on a broad range of financial topics and empowering them to make positive and sound decisions to reach their financial goals.



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