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IU Northwest to host Money Smart Resource Fair April 27

Money Smart Week press conference on April 18 announces finalists of Money Smart Kid contest

Thursday Mar 21, 2013


On Saturday, April 27, Indiana University Northwest will host a free Money Smart Resource Fair aimed at teaching people strategies for better money management. Money Smart offers adults sound strategies and advice for stretching their dollars further, avoiding scams and pitfalls, and investing in a more secure financial future.

The free fair at IU Northwest will take place from 8 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Attendees should check-in in the Moraine Student Center.

There will be four breakout sessions for attendees to choose from. Session times include: 8:30 until 9:15 a.m.; 9:30 until 10:15 a.m.; 10:30 until 11:15 a.m.; and 11:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.

Informative breakout sessions include:

  • Healthy Eating on a Healthy Budget (sessions starting at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. will be in Spanish)
  • Budgeting 101
  • Be All the YOU Can Be – Protect Your Identity
  • Borrowing Basics & Financial Recovery
  • How to Start a Business
  • How to Protect Your Future
  • How to Build Credit
  • Financial Aid Awareness (session only offered at 9:30 a.m.)
  • Getting Jobs and Internships, New Strategies (session only offered at 11:30 a.m.)

Money Smart sessions for students in sixth through 12th grade will also be offered:

  • Money Bingo – 8:30 a.m.
  • Keeping Your Balance – The Importance of Managing a Budget – 9:30 a.m.
  • Savvy Shopper – The Advantages and Disadvantages of using Cash and Credit – 10:30 a.m.
  • Keeping Score – Learn about Credit Scores – 11:30 a.m.

The three finalists for the Money Smart Kid contest will be announced at a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, April 18 in the lobby of the IU Northwest School of Business, located in the Dunes Medical / Professional Building.  Almost 100 middle school students from Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper and Newton counties submitted an essay describing the difference between an investment and an expense.

Coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and its Money Smart partners, Money Smart Week - Indiana is designed to educate consumers about money management and create awareness of financial education programs on a wide range of topics, such as budgeting, saving and using credit wisely. Other educational activities will be presented throughout Northwest Indiana by local community groups, government agencies, businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations.

Space is limited. Register by calling (219) 980-4800.

Information on all Money Smart presentations throughout Indiana can be found at http://www.moneysmartweek.org.

About Indiana University Northwest -- What Matters. Where it Matters.

As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home.  IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit www.iun.edu.

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