Financial Services

Financial Literacy Center


The Financial Literacy Center (FLC) exists to provide personal finance and money management education to UW-W students and the campus community. Free virtual coaching session appointments are available and encouraged for you to obtain a better understanding of their personal finances. Whether you want to create a budget, learn to building and manage credit, make a plan to pay for your education, or understand student loan repayment, the FLC is here to provide financial information and resources during your time at UW-Whitewater.

Recently, the FLC published Being Money Smart at UW-W for students to obtain money smart tips while attending UW-Whitewater. Click on the link for over 55 pages of money management tips from other UW-W students on topics like employment, food, housing, transportation, financial basics, and more. In addition, if you have helpful hints to add, be sure to comment, and the Peer Financial Educators will review for addition to the guide.

*NEW* - Drop in appointments are now available! Visit with an FLC staff member for all your quick money questions or concerns without having to make a formal appointment. On Mondays, Katie Patterson, (Financial Literacy Coordinator) is available from 2:00 - 3:00 pm via this virtual link: https://uww.webex.com/meet/PattersoKM21. On Wednesdays, visit with Jake Knox (Peer Financial Educator) from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm via this virtual link: https://uww.webex.com/meet/KnoxJP20. We look forward to meeting and working with you soon!  

Last spring, the FLC collaborated with CLD and Financial Aid to develop a guide for our graduating students. Check out the Guide for Warhawk Graduates: Career & Financial Tips to Help You Succeed

During this unprecedented time, many college students are seeking financial resources as a result of COVID-19. COVID-19 Financial Resources and the Stimulus & Me document provide students with information directly related to the pandemic.   

Financial Literacy Center Coordinator: Katie Patterson

Katie has been immersed in the field of finance and business education since obtaining her undergraduate degree from UW-Whitewater in 1999. At that time, she started her career as a business education teacher for a local K-12 school district. While teaching full-time, Katie obtained her master's degree from UW-Whitewater in the area of School Business Finance. In April of 2018, Katie became the Financial Literacy Center Coordinator, and during her time on campus, she obtained her National Financial Education Instructor certification. Financial literacy education has become increasing important to our students with the increase of student loan debt, a general lack of financial knowledge amongst college students across the country, and the financial strains on families because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Outside of her career, Katie enjoys reading and can be seen on the sidelines or in the bleachers watching her active children compete in their various events and activities.

2020-2021 Peer Financial Educator:  Jacob Knox  

Jake is a senior at UW-Whitewater and is double-majoring in Finance and Information Technology. He will be graduating in the spring of 2021 and wants to work as a financial planner. Jake wanted to be a PFE to learn more about financial literacy, and be able to help other students manage their money effectively. In addition, he wanted to gain experience working one-on-one and presenting to others. Outside of work and school, Jake loves all Wisconsin sports, the Chicago Blackhawks, racing, working on cars, and playing golf.

If interested in becoming a Peer Financial Educator for the 2020-2021 academic year, applications are planning to be made available upon the return to campus this fall. Applications will be available both here and on Handshake in September of 2020. 

The Financial Literacy Center welcomes scheduled virtual appointments. Our staff is available to meet with students year-round during regular office hours. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, in-person appointments are being postponed until further notice.

*NEW* - Drop in appointments are now available! Visit with an FLC staff member for all your quick money questions or concerns without having to make a formal appointment. On Mondays, Katie Patterson, (Financial Literacy Coordinator) is available from 2:00 - 3:00 pm via this virtual link: https://uww.webex.com/meet/PattersoKM21. On Wednesdays, visit with Jake Knox (Peer Financial Educator) from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm via this virtual link: https://uww.webex.com/meet/KnoxJP20. We look forward to meeting and working with you soon!  

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hyer Hall, Room 112
(262) 472-4947
FinLit@uww.edu

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