Hi, Pointers! Summer is here, so it’s time to make smart choices related to your money to help yourself in the future. I will be sharing three things to do over summer to prepare yourself financially for next year.
1. Search for a summer job.
Not only could this be a great way to earn some money, it will also broaden your work experience. If your job is related to your future career, this is an awesome booster to your resume. UW-Stevens Point’s Campus Activities and Student Engagement Office (CASE) offers Quest, an online resource of both non-work study jobs and work study jobs that are available on campus and in the community. Not only can this resource help you find a job for the summer, it can also help you find a job once you arrive back on campus next fall.
2. Follow a budget.
If you don’t know how to budget or how to make one, check out GradReady. GradReady is a free, interactive, online financial literacy resource offered by UWSP’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. This resource can be used throughout enrollment and even after you’ve graduated. GradReady contains different learning methods to appeal to anyone’s preferred way of learning.
GradReady has three paths: Paying for College, Money Management, and Real-World Finance. To learn more about budgeting, check out the Money Management section. You can sign up for GradReady here using your UWSP email address and password.
3. Know your upcoming deadlines.
Keep track of all outside scholarships you may receive, and let the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships know through the Scholarship Reporting Form. These outside resources may affect the amount and type of federal aid a student receives from the university typically replacing the least desirable form of assistance.
By keeping these three things in mind this summer, you’ll be prepared for a successful upcoming semester. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to stop by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, located in room 103 of the Student Services Center. We are happy to help students and Pointer parents!
P.S. With this being my last blog, I want to say thank you to the wonderful UWSP staff for helping me get where I am today. More importantly, thank you to the readers for following along and reading my tips on becoming financially literate. To my fellow Pointers, I wish you the best of luck on your journey.
Signing off one last time,