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University’s Financial Literacy Program Ranked No. 2 in Nation
The Office of Financial Literacy, a unit within Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs, was named one of the best programs in the nation by LendEDU. Syracuse ranked No. 2 in the Top 50 College Financial Literacy Programs, moving up a spot from last year’s ranking. LendEDU assesses programs based on three factors: number of workshops and resources available; access to one-on-one financial consultation; and incentivizing programs available.
“Financial literacy is an important part of helping our students prepare for their future. The programs and efforts led by Financial Literacy Coordinator Derek Brainard and our peer coaches provide students with essential skills and tools that will help set a foundation for their success and financial independence. The Office of Financial Literacy is well-deserving of this recognition and I congratulate all those involved,” says Ryan Williams, senior associate vice president for enrollment in the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience.
The ranking specifically recognized two components of the Syracuse Smart Money program—the Money Awareness Program and the Smart Money Coaching Program, a peer-to-peer financial literacy coaching program. Students interested in becoming financial literacy coaches can apply through March 1.
“I am proud to be a part of the continued efforts at Syracuse University to provide financial wellness education to all students. The progress made in the past few years is a testament to the support for the initiative. The campus community’s promotion of financial wellness and the way so many have embraced the Syracuse Smart Money program undoubtedly contributed to this recognition. It truly is a collective achievement,” says Brainard.
For more information about financial literacy, peer coaching and resources, visit the Office of Financial Literacy website.