Get Your Bearings Program
Brown's "Get Your Bearings" program is designed to help our students understand and manage their finances. Our financial literacy program offers workshops, newsletters, a dedicated website, and information on other financial tools. Join us & take control of your finances!
Why It Matters
Students and parents agree that today's college students need to be prepared to deal with the financial challenges that lie ahead. Brown is committed to helping students gain the knowledge to make informed decisions.
Who We Are
"Get Your Bearings" is a collaborative effort. Our committee consists of 7 members from the Brown University Loan Office, Financial Services, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Alpert Medical School Office of Financial Aid.
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION SESSION:
Establishing An Effective Financial Foundation
11:00 am–11:50 am, Salomon Center, Room 101
Learn about Brown University’s “Get Your Bearings” financial literacy and awareness program designed to help students understand and manage their finances. In this kick-off session we will introduce our programs for protecting your identity, steps to establishing good credit, borrowing loans wisely, budgeting, and spending/savings tips to use while at Brown and in Providence. Join us, “Get Your Bearings”, and take control of your finances, right from the start! Parents and students are welcome to attend this session.
FALL FINANCIAL WEEK:
September 15th through 18th
Where do you go at Brown to get your financial questions answered? Participate in our Fall Financial Week to find out! We'll be reaching out to you all week - watch for Morning Mail, like our new Facebook page, & come see us on the Main Green on the 18th.
We are busy scheduling the following workshops. Check back soon for additional details!
Successful Scholarship Searches
Credit, Credit Score, and Credit Cards
Budgeting & Spending Wisely
Show your support by displaying our flyers, hosting an information session for your group or organization, networking to bring financial presenters to campus, or simply talking to students and colleagues about the program. We are able to provide printed materials/flyers for display or distribution, e-newsletters, and conduct financial presentations on campus.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or submit our Suggestions & Partnerships form and tell us how you'd like to get involved! You can also join our listserv to receive emails on a variety of financial topics.
Web Trainings & Podcasts
NelNet's "Money Mondays" program offers web based training on a range of financial topics. Webinars are offered on Monday afternoons/evenings.
- MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching the basics about financial education. Whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k), the resources on MyMoney.gov can help you maximize your financial decisions. Throughout the site, you will find important information from 20 Federal agencies and Bureaus designed to help you make smart financial choices.
- Medical Students - The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers a variety of financial information and tools designed to help members of the academic medicine community navigate the complexities of financial aid, student debt, and money management.
- Use mobile budgeting tools to make it easy to track spending, make updates, and get alerts if you overspend. A few good examples are www.xpenser.com or www.mint.com
- Check your credit report: Visit www.annualcreditreport.com to obtain one free per year from each of the major credit bureaus.
- Estimate your paycheck deductions and net income (take home pay) at www.surepayroll.com
- Know what you owe: Check your federal loan balances and locate your federal servicer at the National Student Loan Database System (NSLDS)
- Learn about federal loan programs at StudentAid.ed.gov