Quick facts

·Financial Literacy began at Benedictine University in 2008

2008 –Financial Literacy course began for undergraduate students

Over 200 students have completed the course.

·Students create their own budget and statement of net worth, track their spending using Wealth Watchers' journals, learn from financial literacy experts and an interactive online Financial Literacy website and share their experiences in online discussions.

·Students share their knowledge with their fellow students: 

Financial Literacy Course Student Presentation

Besides educating our students in money management, the intent of the course includes outreach to our surrounding community .In a past partnership with the local chapter of Junior Achievement, enrolled students were required to pass on their new-found knowledge to elementary and junior high students in the surrounding area. The university has also joined forces with the DuPage County Money Smart Week committee to host and put on financial education events on campus every April during Money Smart Week.

Details as to our past partnership with Junior Achievement and Money Smart Week are found under theFinancial Literacy Community Service tab.

Due to the uniqueness of the components of our financial literacy course, we have been assessing its success. The results are included in theFinancial Literacy Course Assessment tab.

For those who would like to know more about financial literacy, links to the resources used in our course are found under theFinancial Literacy Resources tab.

Contact Information:

Vicki J. Jobst, DBA, CPA

Benedictine University

5700 College Road

Scholl Hall, Room 165

Lisle, IL 60532





FINA 120-Financial Literacy


Offered: Fall and Spring semesters. 

  • Open to all undergraduate students regardless of their major.
  • 2 credit hour course  
  • There are no prerequisites.
  • Meets in the evenings from 6:30-9 pm. 
  • Begins at mid-term and lasts for eight weeks.

ØThe course is a combination of onsite presentations by financial literacy experts and online learning and discussions

ØStudents will create a personal budget and statement of net worth, keep track of their spending and learn how to better manage credit card debt and learn how to use benefit and savings plans to help achieve future financial goals

ØShare their knowledge with their fellow students and with their community

  • Course provides students of all majors, concentrations and levels of study strategies to achieve good spending and savings habits, along with an opportunity to share their knowledge with others in the outside community