Free counseling sessions offered at first-ever Financial Education Day

Sara Bertsch Editor-in-Chief

As part of the SDSU Health initiative, students and faculty can improve their financial health on Thursday during the Financial Education Day.

There will be booths about budgeting, saving and spending as well as mini sessions with financial counselors and advisors from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3. It will take place in the Lewis and Clark room of The Union.

This the first time the University has done anything like this according to Jacey Jessop, a student and committee member for the Financial Education Day event.

The entire day will help students improve their overall well-being including pillars on physical, career, social and financial well-being.

“Everyone can use a little more information about managing his or her finances,” Jessop said. “At this time in our lives most of us could really use professional advice about student loans, budgeting, investing, building a credit, or even learning about mortgages. “

One of the main highlights for Thursday’s event is that all of the sessions and expert advice is free.

“Many times you would be required to pay for the services you could receive Thursday for free,” Jessop said. “We think most people can use some financial assistance or direction from experts in the field.”

There will be multiple financial professionals from the community including:

  • Justin Froiland from Home Federal Bank discussing mortgages
  • Carla Anderson discussing budgeting
  • Tim Schut from First Premier Bank discussing “Ice Cream, Eggs, and Golf- why they are important to your financial future”
  • John Folkerts from Thrivent Financial discussing investing
  • Breck Miller discussing budgeting and credit
  • Carrie Johnson from SDSU Extension discussing student loan repayment and consolidation

Overall, Jessop is very excited for Thursday’s event and the potential it has for students.

“Finance is a field that everyone needs to understand and be able to personally manage. Finance can make or break someone or a business, whether in big or small terms,” she said. “Financial education is so important because it is becoming essential for families to decide how to balance a budget, buy a home, pay for their children’s education and still maintain a reasonable income when retired.”