“It's wonderful to partner with the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance for our annual tree planting event where we help our community and the environment. This year, we also worked with the City of East Lansing to plant trees at the Aquatic Center. Staff at the Aquatic Center said the trees planted around the pool area will help to cool the pavement on hot days, making it a more enjoyable experience for those visiting. It's nice knowing a few hours of work on our end will make a difference for so many for years to come.”— Becky, Credit Union volunteer
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Published: Sep 12, 2018

Financial Education: There is an App for That

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Financial 4.0 is ready for its fourth school year on the campus of Michigan State University.


If you are not yet aware of Financial 4.0, it is a free financial literacy app created by MSUFCU and first launched in the fall of 2015. While geared towards college students, the app is helpful to anyone trying to improve their financial situation or find answers to money-related questions they might have.


Included in the app are articles, videos, and infographics covering a plethora of financial topics. There are also interactive components such as quizzes to test your financial knowledge (and sometimes win prizes!), a budget tracker, and the ability to send questions directly to MSUFCU experts. Financial 4.0 is not only an app, but a website as well. You can view the Financial 4.0 website here, https://www.financial40.org.


Financial 4.0 has helped the Credit Union’s award-winning Financial Education Department increase its reach in the campus community. In 2017, our Financial Education team held more than 575 in-person presentations (over 13,000 attendees) in Greater Lansing, setting another new record for its outreach this past year.


“It was another great year of financial education for the Credit Union,” said Paul, a Financial Educator. “We strive to provide quality education while being on the cutting edge of technology to increase the amount of impact we have in our community, and the Financial 4.0 app helps us reach that goal more and more every year. Personal finance can a lot of times be pressure-filled and it’s our hope that our laid-back teaching paired with the ability to use Financial 4.0 to self-educate leads to a stronger community, financially.”


Not only is Financial 4.0 helpful technology for students, it is also part of a reoccurring in-person financial education program on campus. There are several opportunities for students to attend these sessions throughout the fall semester. You can sign up to attend, here: https://www.financial40.org/financial40/events/.


Here is a closer look at the schedule of Financial 4.0 events on campus this fall:


Monday, September 17 – Credit Education at Brody Hall, Room 134

Wednesday, September 19 – Budgeting at Holden Hall Engagement Center Lobby

Monday, September 24 – Identity Theft at McDonel Hall, Room C101T

Wednesday, September 26 – Budgeting at MSU Union, Room 30

Monday, October 1 – Credit Education at Hubbard Hall, Room G30

Wednesday, October 3 – Identity Theft at Holden Hall Engagement Center Lobby

Monday, October 8 – Budgeting at Brody Hall, Room 134

Wednesday, October 10 – Credit Education at McDonel Hall, Room C101T

Monday, October 15 – Identity Theft at MSU Union, Room 30

Monday, October 22 – Budgeting at Hubbard Hall, Room G30

Wednesday, October 24 – Credit Education at Holden Hall Engagement Center Lobby

Monday, November 5 – Identity Theft at Brody Hall, Room 134

Wednesday, November 7 – Budgeting at McDonel Hall, Room C101T

Monday, November 12 – Credit Education at MSU Union, Room 30

Wednesday, November 14 – Identity Theft at Hubbard Hall, Room G30