Life Happens: Personal Finance from College to Career

Free online course: 83 videos, 17 comprehensive problem-solving exercises. Digital text sold separately.
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (369 ratings)
14,433 students
Life Happens: Personal Finance from College to Career
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (369 ratings)
14,433 students
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: •tConstruct and manage a personal budget that takes into account their short and long term financial goals and objectives •tUnderstand the importance of saving and investing in the achievement of their personal goals and objectives •tPlan for major purchases and higher education costs •tChoose between, manage and protect credit alternatives, especially those involving credit cards, higher education loans, auto loans, etc. •tUnderstand the types of insurance that may be particularly relevant for them at this point in their lives •tWeigh the financial, economic and other impacts of the different career choices they may be contemplating •tProblem-solve their way through day-to-day and moderately complicated situations involving personal financial issues

Requirements

  • An open mind, basic computer skills and, most of all, an interest in learning how to take control of your financial life.
Description

      A nuts-and-bolts financial literacy course for students on both sides of college. 

      With more than 80 engaging videos in 17 information-packed segments, Personal Financial Management from College to Career delivers knowledge you can put to use today and later on in life. 

      Since 2009, Mitchell D. Weiss has been teaching his typically oversubscribed personal finance course at the University of Hartford. Now, Mitch is bringing both the course and its accompanying "un-college-textbook," Life Happens, to vivid life online. 

      You'll learn how to evaluate student loans, bank loans and competing credit card offers, approach buying a house or car, protect against ID theft, prepare for and choose between career opportunities, compare different insurance products, deal with financial adversity, and much more. Mitch's straightforward explanations and wide-ranging advice are easy to follow and implement. 

      The 17-section course can be taken from start to finish or sampled à la carte, if you prefer to focus on just what you need today. The e-text contains thought-provoking questions, real-life problems, and links to the same online tools Mitch uses on screen to solve those problems. The book also includes hundreds of additional links to even more educational resources and informative articles on this important subject.
 
  About your instructor:

       Mitchell D. Weiss is an experienced financial services industry executive and entrepreneur, adjunct faculty at the University of Hartford a former member of the board of the university’s Barney School of Business and co-founder of its Center for Personal Financial Responsibility. He also is adjunct faculty at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts.

       In addition to Business Happens: A Practical Guide to Entrepreneurial Finance for Small Businesses and Professional Practices, he is also the author of Life Happens: A Practical Guide to Personal Finance from College to Career-2nd Edition and its companion course book, and College Happens: A Practical Handbook for Parents and Students

 
 

 
 
 

  Business Happens - A Practical Guide to Entrepreneurial Finance for Small Businesses and Professional Practices 

Who this course is for:
  • Students in as well as on both sides of college
Course content
18 sections • 83 lectures • 4h 28m total length
  • 1.1 Establishing Goals, Timelines, Costs & Priorities
    01:07
  • 1.2 A 'Zero-Sum' Equation
    01:39
  • 1.3 Track, Assess & Revise
    01:36
  • 1.4 Cars, Houses & Apartments
    00:50
  • 1.5 Budgeting for Committed Relationships
    02:11
  • 2.1 Gross vs. Net Pay
    01:22
  • 2.2 Problem Solving - Part One, Problem #1
    03:19
  • 2.3 Checking Account Policies & Practices
    05:11
  • 2.4 Debit Cards
    01:30
  • 2.5 Strategies for Success
    01:20
  • 2.6 Record Retention Recommendations
    01:31
  • 3.1 Federal Taxes & Forms
    03:38
  • 3.2 State Income Taxes
    00:25
  • 3.3 Calculating Federal Taxes
    01:54
  • 3.4 Managing Withholdings
    02:05
  • 3.5 Problem Solving - Part One, Problem #2
    05:27
  • 4.1 The 5-C's of Credit
    05:42
  • 4.2 Credit Bureaus
    01:19
  • 4.3 Credit Bureaus
    03:24
  • 4.4 Managing Credit
    03:23
  • 4.5 Identity Theft
    05:19
  • 5.1 The Decisioning Process
    02:25
  • 5.2 Loan Amortization
    02:06
  • 5.3 Problem Solving - Part Two Problem #1
    03:02
  • 5.4 Financing Manipulations
    03:56
  • 5.5 Problem Solving - Part Two, Problem #5
    01:43
  • 5.6 Consumer Loan Agreement Terms & Conditions
    11:27
  • 5.7 Refinancing & Loan Recasting
    01:47
  • 5.8 Problem Solving - Part Two, Problem #2
    02:07
  • 5.9 Underwater Loans
    01:37
  • 6.1 Government Loans
    01:24
  • 6.2 Private Student Loans
    01:49
  • 6.3 Strategies for Controlling Student Loan Debt
    06:25
  • 7.1 Mechanics, Policies & Practices
    02:29
  • 7.2 Key Components of a Typical Lease
    04:24
  • 7.3 Considerations & Strategies
    00:26
  • 7.4 Problem Solving - Part Two, Problem #4
    02:47
  • 8.1 Mechanics, Policies & Practices
    07:52
  • 8.2 Prepaid Cards
    02:34
  • 8.3 Credit Cards & Cellphones
    01:50
  • 8.4 Strategies for Managing Credit Card Use
    04:05
  • 8.5 Problem Solving - Problem #3
    02:16
  • 9.1 Prioritizing Your Borrowing Options
    01:52
  • 9.2.Debt Management
    04:05
  • 10.1 Education & Human Capital
    02:26
  • 10.2 School & Program Choices
    05:37
  • 10.3 Borrowing the Right Amount
    01:34
  • 10.4 Problem Solving - Part Three, Problem #1
    03:04

Instructor
Financial services industry professional, professor, author
Mitchell D. Weiss
  • 4.2 Instructor Rating
  • 609 Reviews
  • 28,104 Students
  • 2 Courses

My background is on the lending side of the financial services  industry. I have owned and run commercial finance companies and served as an executive officer at several banks. I am an Executive-in-Residence at the University of Hartford, part-time faculty,  co-founder of its Center for Personal Financial  Responsibility and A former member of the university's Barney School of Business' Board of Visitors. I also teach at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University via its Arts Online program.