USA Funds Life Skills

Student Guide

Chaminade University of Honolulu, Financial Literacy

Through your school, you now have access to USA Funds(r) Life Skills(r), a free online learning program that offers you advice for managing your time and money wisely while on campus and after graduation. This Student Guide provides basic information about the tool and outlines the steps necessary to access and complete the lesson(s) that your school has assigned to you.

Many students enter college without any formal education or training on how to manage debt and finances. Yet, they face financial decisions that could have an impact on the rest of their lives. USA Funds(r) Life Skills(r) is an online financial literacy and student success program that teaches students how to manage their time and money wisely while they are on campus, and after graduation.

Financial stress is one of the top reasons students leave college prior to completing their education, and students who do not complete their program of study are more likely to default on their student loans.

Robust training and tools

USA Funds Life Skills includes a curriculum of online courses that feature interactive exercises to engage students, real-life scenarios relevant to students, tools and resources that personalize the experience, and end-of-course assessments to test knowledge and the ability to apply concepts learned. The course format helps students connect with content that addresses their everyday experiences.

More than 30 online courses cover essential life skills:

  • Financial aid and paying for college.
  • Setting career, educational and financial goals.
  • Budgeting and managing money.
  • Time management and academic success.
  • Credit card and debt management.
  • Credit scores and reports.
  • Identity theft.
  • Saving and investing in the future.
  • Finding a job and preparing for an interview.
  • Determining expected income and understanding a paycheck.
  • Considering graduate school, how to pay for it and how to manage money while in school.
  • Managing money and coping with relationships for couples in school.