CU-Boulder to host ‘Money Smart Week’ to help students excel financially

April 18, 2012 •

In an effort to help University of Colorado Boulder students make smart financial decisions about their budgets, credit, job searches, school loans and other money matters, CU-Boulder is hosting “Money Smart Week” April 23-26.

Guest speakers from Elevations Credit Union, the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, Edward Jones, Wells Fargo, Automotive Avenues, Community Credit Counseling Service and the Boulder Valley Credit Union will give financial pointers to students throughout the four-day event. Some events require an RSVP, and students planning to attend should visit for a complete schedule.

“The most important thing we want to get across to students is that if they make time to learn one thing during Money Smart Week about managing money better and they put that one thing into practice, they’ll be better off a year from now,” said Susie Jacobs of the CU-Boulder Bursar’s Office, which is heading the event.

While different financial workshops have been available to students for several years, this is the largest and broadest event yet.

“In our work in the Bursar’s Office and the Office of Financial Aid, we saw a real need for basic education around money,” Jacobs said. “We launched a student survey to see if there was interest, and there definitely was. Some students don’t know how to create a budget or stick to one, and others need help looking at the big picture now and after college. But we also realize that money can be a very sensitive and private topic for a lot of people so we wanted to make sure we offer information in ways that best meet students’ needs.”

Sessions being offered during Money Smart Week include:

  • Check your credit report
  • Salary negotiations: what are you worth?
  • Basics of investing: building your wealth in today’s economy
  • Got student loans?
  • Your finances after college: making a plan
  • Small money, big taste: eating well on a budget

For more information visit

Susie Jacobs, CU bursar’s office, 303-735-0817
Greg Swenson, CU media relations, 303-492-3113