Dec 21, 2012
BCU Students Have Fun Learning Financial Literacy
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – No textbooks were required for this tuition-free course offered recently at Briar Cliff University. Instead, first-year learners in Briar Cliff’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program sharpened their skills in financial management with fun and games.
During the course, BCU students engaged in contests for cash prizes, including scavenger hunts, contests and competitions to learn how to manage their finances and to raise awareness. Through a grant from the National Endowment for Financial Education, TRIO SSS administered course content and provided students with financial literacy educational tools on a BCU-customized website at www.cashcourse.org/sssbriarcliff.
While CashCourse was open to all BCU students, the contests were mainly targeted toward increasing financial literacy among freshmen.
“Cash Course helped students become much more aware of their spending habits relative to their income,” said Marilee Thomas, retention and technology specialist for TRIO SSS at BCU. “It also offered valuable life lessons on making smart financial decisions.”
Briar Cliff University is a Catholic institution with an enrollment of more than 1,100 students from 31 states and 11 countries. Students are educated in the Franciscan tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and career preparation in an environment of care, compassion and service. For more information, please visit briarcliff.edu.