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Office for Financial Success – Major Resource for University Students

The Office for Financial Success (OFS) is a university-wide student money management center staffed by students under the supervision of a faculty director. The primary mission of the OFS is to improve the financial wellness of individuals among the MU campus community (students, staff and faculty) through the use of one-on-one coaching sessions, group workshops or seminars, and online services. Our emphasis is on the MU student helping them reach the goal of graduation. The OFS works closely with the Department of Personal Financial Planning (PFP), Student Financial Aid, Student Health & Well – Being, Off-Campus Student Services and others to serve the student population.

One-on-One Financial Coaching

To execute our primary mission, our coaching services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL and cover a wide range of financial topics (see below). OFS currently has the capacity of ~135 student peer coaching appointments per week available weekdays, during normal academic business hours. Coaching appointments are normally 30 minutes to an hour. Student coaching appointments are made using MU Connect. Walk-in appointments are also available. Our MU Connect resource name is Student Financial Success Meetings. MU staff and faculty can schedule appointments using our email at financialsuccess@missouri.edu or calling our office number (573) 882-2173.

Group Workshops or Seminars

In addition to one-on-one appointments, we also offer workshops or seminars. During these sessions, we can present various financial topics relevant to audience needs. While sessions are normally an hour long, the time, content, and activities can be modified by request. Make workshop requests using our online form at https://financialsuccess.missouri.edu/contacts/workshop/ . The following is a short list of personal finance topics associated with our services:

  • Student Loan Exit Counseling
  • Credit Building
  • Budgeting
  • Debt Management
  • Financial Goal Setting
  • Tax Planning
  • Saving
  • Employment Benefits
  • Credit Reports & Scores
  • Insurance
  • Investing
  • Retirement

Online Services: Our website, https://financialsuccess.missouri.edu, provides information on many personal finance concepts for individuals to research on their own.

Formal Personal Finance Courses: PFP offers three formal courses on fundamentals of personal financial planning available to any MU student. All three provide personal finance literacy concepts helping the student achieve financial wellness. Two courses, FINPLN 1183 – Financial Survival & FINPLN 4483 – Financial Success, are 1- credit hour, online courses. FINPLN 2183 – Personal and Family Finance is a 3-credit hour, in-class or online course.