Budgeting & Financial Literacy

Budgeting & Financial Literacy

TC’s Office of Financial Aid has compiled a list of resources to help our students improve their understanding of financial concepts and services, while promoting fiscal responsibility during and after their studies.

From loan services to budget management, the resources below empower you to make informed choices during your studies a TC.

TC Office of Financial Aid website - Teachers College’s clearinghouse for Financial Aid.

Studentaid.gov - The US Department of Education site has a one-stop page for all things Federal Student Aid related. Each page contains a glossary detailing commonly used financial aid terms and ways to contact the Department of Education. You are able to access all of of your federal loan history on this page as well as information about your loan servicers. Additionally, there is an interactive Financial Awareness Counseling module that provides students with tools and information to help them understand financial aid and assist them in managing their finances. You must sign in with your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to access your personal loan information.

FedLoan Servicing - The FedLoan Servicing Publications page houses several useful pieces of information that can help you make informed decisions about loans that you have borrowed, loans that you plan to borrow, and how to become eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).

AccessLex Institute - AccessLex Institute is a nonprofit organization centered on the promotion of access to graduate education. View their main page to access their site menu which will lead you to advice on paying for school, good financial habits, the importance of good credit, and repaying your loans.

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) - The HESC has compiled a list of federal programs that will assist you in repaying your federal student loan debt in return for your service commitment. Students in certain health professions will be eligible.

Paycheck City - Paycheck City is a web-based paycheck calculator that you can use to calculate your net (or "take home") pay. It will help you better understand your paycheck and determine your budget for the week, month, or year.

Mint - Mint is an easy way to keep track of your spending by having your bank account activity analyzed. You can sign up for a free secure account and sync the information on your Mint account between your computer and mobile devices

Social Media - In recent years, financial aid institutions, including those associated with the US Department of Education, have started to understand the impact that social media can have on how students receive information.

  • Federal Student Aid Facebook page - The Federal Student Aid Facebook page is a page that you can "Like" so that their updates will show up on your Facebook news feed. This page is updated regularly and you can write on the page's wall to give/receive feedback.
  • Federal Student Aid Twitter page - The Federal Student Aid Twitter page posts multiple reminders a day for students interested in federal aid. If you have questions or comments, you can tweet them @FAFSA -- they usually respond!
  • WiseBread - WiseBread is a blog providing financial aid advice to real-life situations.
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