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Financial Basics

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A money management course that outlines the basics of financial health - from budgeting to insurance.

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Financial Health   

The concept of financial health is the foundation of any financial plan.
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Introduction to Budgeting   

Why budgeting is important, no matter how much money you earn.
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Credit vs. Debit Cards   

Credit and debit cards each have pros and cons. When should you use each?
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Credit Reports and Scores   

Credit reports and scores determine the rates you pay when borrowing and can affect your ability to get certain jobs.
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Managing Accounts   

Account management strategies for checking and savings.
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Building Credit   

Understanding the decisions and behaviors that can lead to improved credit scores.
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Identity Theft   

Understanding ID theft and how to prevent it.
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Paying for College

The basics of financial aid, including the types of aid, applying for aid, borrower responsibilities, and repayment strategies.

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Financial Aid Introduction

Whether you're considering higher education for yourself or starting to plan for the education of your kids, understanding the financial aid process is the first step to meeting your education goals.
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Types of Financial Aid   

The main types of financial aid are education loans, grants and scholarships, work-study, and service programs.
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Creating an Aid Strategy   

Considerations when planning to pay for school, including school choice, employment options, accounting strategies, and the importance of borrowing wisely.
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Understanding Financial Need   

Some aid is based on financial need and some is not. What exactly is "financial need?"
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Applying for Aid   

The aid application process, including descriptions of the FAFSA and Profile forms.
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Education Loans   

A description of the main types of student loans, including government loans, consolidation loans, and private loans.
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Choosing the Right Loan

Questions every student should be able to answer before taking on a student loan.
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Selecting a Private Loan Lender

When federal loans are not enough, private lenders such as banks, credit unions, and non-profit lenders can help to fill the gap.
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The Master Promissory Note   

An introduction to the agreement that specifies your rights and responsibilities when accepting a student loan.
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Repaying College Debt   

A look at common repayment plans, including how different plans affect your monthly payment and overall cost.
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Borrowing Wisely   

Making smart choices about student loans, including a description of the impact of loan capitalization.

Independent Student Status   

Understanding your financial aid dependency status, including a discussion of what to do if the parents of dependent students refuse to help them pay for college.
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Dealing with Too Little Aid

Why some students find themselves with too little aid and what can be done to make ends meet.

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This Week

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When Your Income Varies Month-to-Month

Unpredictable work schedules are more common than ever. Whether you work in the new "gig" economy or have a job with "on call" hours, learn how to make the most of your variable income.

About Associated Healthcare Credit Union

Since 1953, Associated Healthcare Credit Union (AHCU) has been committed to making a positive difference in the financial lives of healthcare employees, professionals, and their families. What sets us apart from other financial institutions is that we truly understand healthcare employees and the sacrifices you have made to get where you are. AHCU is a full-service credit union offering financial wellness and education, savings, checking, investments, deposit accounts, and all loan types.

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