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Financial Trek: Earn!

(This financial path is currently being improved, check back soon for an expanded trek experience!)

Before you can start spending, saving, and investing, you need to understand how much money you make. If you earn the same amount each month, this part is pretty easy. For most college students, how much you earn monthly can change based on the number of hours you work, financial aid received, and other variables.  Once you figure out how you earn in a given month, you are ready to create a spending plan (budget) that supports your values and goals.


The Earn Trek covers topics such as understanding your paycheck, entrepreneurship, salary negotiation, and all things income!


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