Financial Survival for College Students

Course Number: CG 114
Transcript Title: Financial Survival
Created: September 1, 2013
Updated: July 10, 2015
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


WR 90, RD 90, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Provides basic information and strategies to empower individuals to make positive decisions about funding their education and establishing control over their financial lives, leading to financial independence and reduced life stress. Introduces: funding college, budgeting, wise use of credit, controlling debt, basic financial planning, effective financial decision making, and avoiding financial mistakes and pitfalls. Prerequisites: WR 90, RD 90, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

As a result of having participated in this class students will:

  1. Implement a financial plan to pay for college while maximizing resources and minimizing borrowing.
  2. Maintain short, medium and long-term financial goals while adhering to a spending plan.
  3. Make informed financial decisions to avoid unnecessary financial risks and establish a strong credit portfolio.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may address the learning outcomes by means of the following:

  1. Written reflection on key course concepts
  2. Weekly quizzes
  3. Final personal presentation demonstrating an understanding of the course content, and a personal financial plan
  4. Portfolio of learning

Course Activities and Design

Teaching modalities include: lectures; PowerPoint presentations; Internet sites; individual student assignments exploring multiple aspects of personal, college and post-college finances. Class discussions; case study analyses; and student projects/assignments/presentations.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Content themes include:

  • Understanding financial information
  • Financial planning for college and career
  • Effective financial decision making

Concepts include:

  • Funding college
  • Wise use of credit
  • Debt control
  • Basic financial planning

Issues include:

  • Ethical personal and financial conduct
  • Resolve credit problems

Skills include:

  • Locate financial information utilizing the Internet
  • Calculate interest rates and re‐payment amounts
  • Evaluate various types of credit, credit costs, and ways to utilize credit advantageously
  • Manage personal credit information and credit rating/scores
  • Create a spending plan