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About Financial Wellness

When you consider the term "wellness," finances and financial planning might not be the first things that come to mind. But just as the proper amount of sleep and the right nutrition is essential to meeting life's physical and mental challenges, the proper amount of thoughtful planning and action with regard to your financial health is vital for meeting your lifetime goals. A few steps can get you moving in the right direction. The Office of Financial Aid, in collaboration with other University partners including Student Financial Services and Alumni Relations, has begun this important initiative with the hope of bringing greater financial awareness to our campus. You will find that developing an understanding of meaningful financial topics will lay the groundwork for a more confident and secure future.

Research conducted by the Federal Student Aid Office in the U.S. Department of Education shows that student loan borrowers received the majority of their financial literacy information from talking with the financial aid counselors at their schools and from their school's financial aid office website. What we hope to accomplish with this endeavor is to move the conversation further along and offer you some additional tools and resources.

Many of the topics introduced here are ones that you will be dealing with for the rest of your life. We hope that the introductions we provide will help you formulate your own plans for a healthy financial future.  


Northwestern University believes strongly that developing financial literacy and understanding financial wellness are critical aspects of students’ education.

The Financial Wellness Team and Northwestern staff who work with students on financial issues such as federal student aid, private student aid and serving loans do not provide investment, legal, or tax advice. This website and the information provided is for general educational purposes only, and is not intended to substitute for the advice of your investment, legal, and/or tax advisors or to be the basis of specific financial planning activities. If you need investment, legal, and/or tax advice, please consult with one of these professionals.

The links to third-party financial resources are provided as a convenience for informational purposes only.  Neither Northwestern University or its Financial Wellness team endorses or approves any of the products, services or opinions of the entities or individuals associated with these links.  Northwestern University and its Financial Wellness team bear no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of any external site associated with the links provided or any subsequent links.