Cash Course is a free online program to help college students learn how to handle their finances. They can register online and have access to resources, such as articles, quizzes, calculators and budgeting tools. It was created by NEFE, The National Endowment for Financial Education. Once a school is enrolled, CashCourse is available to students to access directly 24/7.

It is offered by over 550 colleges and universities throughout the country. Locally it is offered at NDSU, UND, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and NDSCS Wahpeton.

More high schools are offering personal finance classes but it is still important to continue this into college. For many students, this is the first time on their own and away from home and they may not know how to handle the money they may be earning. Also, to learn the consequences of credit card and student loan debt.

In 2010, the number of schools using CashCourse increased by 61 percent, while traffic to the schools’ sites collectively increased by 78 percent. A wide range of campus departments are using CashCourse, from financial aid and career services to student life and alumni associations.

NEFE is an independent nonprofit organization committed to educating Americans about personal finance and empowering them to make positive and sound decisions to reach financial goals. They also offer a high school program.

Nancy Kvamme