Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:45

Does Money Matter?

By Bill Mitchell ’17

Money Matters Financial Responsibility College StudentUpon graduation, many students are prepared to pursue their chosen career, but not fully prepared to manage their personal finances, student loans or how to obtain and maintain a good credit score. To provide students—especially seniors before graduation—Assumption is offering a “Money Matters” series, with the goal to help students understand how money, and managing it well, matters.

According to Dean of Undergraduate Studies Eloise Knowlton, the series is a great opportunity to help students understand the intricacies of personal finances and how to manage their financial life after college.

"The common hour provides us with the opportunity to provide just-in-time co-curricular programs, and nothing could be more just-in-time than financial savvy just before graduating,” said Knowlton.

She added that the series was developed by a group in her office, as well as through collaboration with others across to College, to offer four sessions that will best help students. The seminars cover issues such as understanding compensation and benefits; how to budget your money; and two sessions on credit, with an emphasis on managing student loans.

“We hope every senior will attend,” said Knowlton. “It is important to learn about this, and not much time left to learn it before graduation.”

The series will be held both during the common hour (11:30 a.m.) and in the evenings (7 p.m.) to ensure all students can attend. The seminar workshops are as follows:


Understanding Compensation: What does your paystub mean?
Tuesday, March 28
11:30 a.m., 7 p.m.
Both sessions held in Kennedy 112
Can you judge what a good benefits package is and what isn’t? Join Robin Pellegrino, associate director of human resources at Assumption, to learn more.


Where Does All the Money Go? Budgeting 101
Thursday, March 30
11:30 a.m., Kennedy 112
7 p.m., Testa 006
Will you be able to manage your income to cover all your bills? Join Joe Foley, business professor and personal financial management faculty instructor, to learn more.


Interested in a Good (Credit) Report Card: All things credit
Tuesday, April 4
11:30 a.m., 7 p.m.
Both sessions held in Kennedy 112
Daniel F. Shimkus, senior vice president of TD Bank, will discuss borrowing, credit cards, car loans, and apartment leases.


Got Loans? Understand your student debt
Thursday, April 6
11:30 a.m., 7 p.m.
Both sessions held in Kennedy 112
Want to learn your options? Join staff members from the College’s Office of Financial Aid to learn more.


Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews