Tag: Life Stage: Young Adult

You’re about to cross a lot of milestones — like moving out, going to college, launching your career, and managing your own finances. No matter what path you take, financial wellness is the greatest gift you can give your future self.  Learn how:

Financial Aid Changes

Financial Aid Changes on the Horizon

The U.S. Department of Education has designated February as Financial Aid Awareness Month, and this year there’s a lot to talk about. On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, another relief package in response to the pandemic. Included in the bill were several provisions related to education, including many changes to… Read more »

First Time Car Buyer Tips

Buying Your First Car? This is What You Need to Know:

Shopping for your first car is exciting, but it can also feel intimidating. It’s a major commitment, but one that will give you the freedom to go where you want, when you want. Before you head to the car lot, set yourself up for success by following these steps: 1. Start with a Budget Take… Read more »

Moving Out

Moving Out: What to Expect So You Don’t Break the Bank

Moving out and on your own is an exciting step towards independence, but the financial responsibility can also be shocking if you’re not prepared. There are a lot of odds and ends that you need to plan for, as well as a lot of expected (and unexpected) costs associated with the move. Here are some… Read more »

Relief for Student Aid

Federal Student Loan Borrowers Get Expanded Relief in CARES Act

Update 1/20/21 — Student loan relief extended until September 30, 2021 Update 12/4/20 — Student loan relief extended until January 31, 2021 Update 8/8/20 — Student loan relief extended until December 31, 2020 On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the CARES Act, the largest economic stimulus bill in the history of the United States, in… Read more »

5 Financial Goals for Your 20's

5 Financial Health Goals for Your 20’s

Starting a new chapter in your life as an independent adult? One of the most important lessons you can learn is about financial wellness. Give your future self the gift of security by hitting these five financial health goals in your 20’s: 1. Start a Budget  A budget is essential for taking control of your… Read more »

College Saving Options

College Saving Options

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER For the 2019-2020 college year, the average annual cost of attendance (known as the COA) at a four-year public college for in-state students was $26,590, the average cost at a four-year college for out-of-state students was $42,970, and the average cost at a four-year private college was $53,980. The COA figure… Read more »

Money Concepts for Teens

Money Concepts for Teens & Young Adults

If you’re about to head out into the workforce, there are some important things you’ll need to know about adulting — like budgeting and credit report basics, how taxes affect your take home pay, and what you need to know about applying for college financial aid. Download the Money Concepts for Teens and Young Adults… Read more »

Obtaining Financial Aid

Is There Anything I Can Do Now So That My Child Can Obtain More Financial Aid Later?

ASK A FINANCIAL PLANNER Yes, there are steps you can take now that may help your child obtain more financial aid later. All federally funded financial aid programs use a formula known as the federal methodology to determine how much money a family must contribute towards a child’s educational costs before becoming eligible for financial… Read more »

SESLOC Rewards to Upgrade Your First Apartment

10 SESLOC Rewards to Upgrade Your First Apartment

Hand-me-downs are great for starting out on your own, but eventually it’s nice to outfit your home with something that’s truly yours. Every time you use your HomeFREE Checking debit card or Visa® Signature Rewards card, you earn points that can be redeemed for gift cards, appliances, and home decor. So why not put the… Read more »

Credit Score

What’s in Your Credit Score? [Infographic]

What’s a credit score and why is it so important? A credit score, also known as a FICO Score, is a calculation based on your activity in a few categories that assess the likelihood that you will repay any debt you owe. The higher the score, the more likely it is that you can handle… Read more »