The FAFSA is your friend

This article is brought to you by Michele Logue, Park University's Financial Literacy Counselor. Keep an eye out for more contributions from Michele in the months to come.  On Sunday, October 1st, the 2018-2019 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opened, noting the start of the financial aid season for the next school year. [...]

By | October 5th, 2017|Finance|

Becoming Debt Free

Even typing that title feels surreal, but as of the first of this month - our family is officially debt free. It certainly wasn't quick and it took the both me and my husband being on board, but I wanted to break down how we were able to accomplish this milestone: We didn't get into [...]

By | May 4th, 2017|Finance|

Tax Season & You

April can mean many wonderful things. Spring is in full-bloom, the semester is winding down, Cadbury creme eggs are found at every supermarket. But April is also synonymous with something else: tax season. As an attempt to help answer some of your basic questions, we asked Park University's own Marsha Shapiro to shed some light [...]

By | April 17th, 2017|Finance|

Tastefully Affordable: Choose the Right Gift Without Breaking Your Bank

The stress of gift-giving can sometimes lessen the joy of the holiday season if the gift you’re purchasing is not affordable. If you’re like me, part of what you enjoy most is watching those you love open their packages in wonder and gratitude. Having a budget and a tastefully affordable shopping list can ensure that [...]

By | December 8th, 2016|Finance|

Debt Reducing Strategies for the Holidays

If you’re like me, the anticipation of the holidays holds both a sense of excitement and a sense of fear. I often wake up several times a night with worry and think, “How will I get everything done?” or “How will I be able to afford the food, the travel expenses, and all those gifts?” [...]

By | November 1st, 2016|Finance|

“Fall” into your FAFSA

Autumn has arrived. The earth's rotation, a cyclical process, has caused the temperatures to drop, the leaves to change color and fall, and the hours of daylight to diminish. It may not be the beginning of a new year, but it is the beginning of a new season, and with it comes the opportunity to [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|Finance|

Develop a Financial Strategy with Money Smart KC

Are you wondering where your money goes every month? Do you worry about retirement or college expenses? Need advice on buying a home or healthcare expenses? Money Smart KC is an online platform designed to connect anyone and everyone with all the resources needed to build a solid financial future. It isn't just for Kansas [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|Finance|

4 Finance Apps You Should Be Using

My father preached that if you wanted something, research needed to be done and funds needed to be lined up—when I say research, I mean that full-on spreadsheet analyses were included in the process.  I remember the day our family’s Toyota Previa surpassed 300,000 miles and its life would slowly begin the dreaded descent.  My [...]

By | August 1st, 2016|Finance|

College and Cash: Keeping a budget while still having fun.

Whether you're a first time freshman, a returning student, or a senior, ready to venture into the world of work, you know that you're about to embark on one of the greatest, yet most challenging periods of your life: college. People joke about the trials and tribulations of a college student, but the jokes aren't [...]

By | July 29th, 2016|Finance|