Tips for your student’s financial literacy
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July 2019

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Finding Financial Security in College

When it comes to college, every family faces unique circumstances, but one thing that’s universal is finances - how to pay for school, housing, food, books, and everything else necessary to succeed at college. Summer is a good time to talk to your student about what they can do to become financially literate and independent. Money management is an important topic that prepares them for a variety of real world challenges.

Financial Aid Director Peggy Metzger offers this advice for families teaching students about finances:

  • Help them understand the importance of meeting deadlines for payments – classes and housing can be cancelled if payments aren’t made on time. Tell them if they can’t meet it, ask for help.
  • Learn how fees are paid – through financial aid or other means – and the differences with out-of-pocket expenses. Do you have enough aid to cover tuition and housing? If not, develop a plan for covering the rest. Use this budgeting tool to help.
  • Have your student shadow you while you pay bills - show them how you manage your budget.
  • If your student will have any leftover money after food, housing, tuition, and school expenses, help them create a budget by looking at what they spend daily, weekly, and monthly. Teach them about credit and debt.
  • Learn about other resources for students who have limited money.
  • Students have access to a food pantry, can search for on- and off-campus jobs through the Career Center and find affordable off-campus housing. Look for opportunities.
  • Very important: Encourage your students to ask for help when they have questions. HSU faculty and staff are here to help them succeed.


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Welcoming President Tom Jackson, Jr.

Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr. joined more than 100 people from the HSU community at the Forever Humboldt Crabs Game & Picnic on June 28. The baseball game was at the end of President Jackson’s first official day in office. Jackson will continue to meet with the campus community at informal “coffee & conversation” meetings.

Visit the President’s website to learn more about his background and to get in touch.



Student Send-Offs Around the Corner

HSU representatives will host send-off picnics in communities across California later this month to welcome new HSU students. These picnics are opportunities for incoming students and their families to meet other Forever Humboldt alumni members, and current students and their families. This is an event where alumni can congratulate incoming students, share stories about HSU, and give tips on what to expect as a new HSU student!

Sacramento, Saturday, July 27
Bay Area, Sunday, July 28
Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 3
San Diego, Sunday, Aug. 4

Find more information and register at forever.humboldt.edu.


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Events & Deadlines

Wednesday, July 24
Meet HSU's new president

Saturday, July 27
Sacramento Student Send Off Picnic

Sunday, July 28
Bay Area Student Send Off Picnic

Saturday, Aug. 3
Los Angeles Area Student Send Off Picnic

Sunday, Aug. 4
San Diego Student Send Off Picnic

Monday, Aug. 12
Fall 2019 Fee Deadline

Monday, Aug. 26
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