Personal Financial Management for Underclassmen Learning Topics Importance
Personal Financial Management for Underclassmen Learning Topics Importance Introduction College Life Expenses Stipend Wasting Money Loans Debt Interest
Importance Money is one of the biggest concerns of most people in the world It influences everything you will be able to do Wasting it is
extremely easy to achieve in college The Navy pays a lot of money and you have to be able to manage that money College Life College life is stressful and hard You need to be focusing
on your studies Adding monetary problems to the picture will only make life more stressful for yourself Food Room and Board Tuition Many other issues College Life
You dont live with your parents anymore! You need to start being responsible for you own decisions If you cant take care of your own finances how can you be expected to take care of enlisted personnel under your command?
Expenses in College Since there are so any expenses in college you need to effectively manage them and make sure you are not falling into debt Keep track of where your money goes. This will allow you to see where you can
cut spending in order to save money. You always want to have a certain amount of saved money in case of unforeseen expenses. Navy Stipend Freshmen-250/month Sophomore-300/month Junior-350/month Senior-400/month
Living on campus has its benefits Book stipend-375/semester How to Avoid Wasting Money Live on campus to take advantage of the possible room and board assistance Avoid eating out on regular basis
Walk to class Spend money on things you need, not want Loans College loans are expensive Many of you will not have college loans due to the NROTC
Scholarship However, if you do make sure you have them correctly financed Pay them off as soon as you can Credit Cards If you spend $4,000 on credit cards at
18.5% interest and pay only the minimum payments, it will take you 11 years to pay off ($7,800 total) Make sure you stay on top of your payments if you choose to get a credit card Credit Cards Continued Build good credit by
consistently paying your bills on time Do not carry a credit card balance month to month Having good credit will open many doors for you in the future If you neglect your bills it will hurt you credit history and make life
difficult for you in the future Credit Card Tricks The old bait and switch Musical Address Over the limit fees Cash advance fees and rates Increasing the rate based on other accounts
Signs of Predatory Lending 1. Triple digit interest rate: Payday loans carry very low risk of loss, but lenders typically charge fees equal to 400% APR and higher 2. Short minimum loan term: Payday customers unable to repay their loan within two weeks are forced to get a loan "rollover" at additional cost. In contrast, small consumer loans have longer terms
3. Lenders who advertise to E-1, E-2, and E-3s are often looking to take advantage of their lack of financial management experience 4. Single balloon payment: Unlike most consumer debt, payday loans do not allow for partial installment payments to be made during the loan term. A borrower must pay the entire loan back at the end of two weeks Navy Salary (O-1)
Navy Salary (E-2) Conclusion You need to be responsible for yourself now College is an expensive place and in many cases the Navy stipend will not seem like enough to survive You need to effectively manage your expenses and be wise with your money
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