Go for the Green


Welcome to “GO FOR THE GREEN”. Here is a compilation of financial literacy resources for MSU Students! Check out the list below so you can be money smart at MSU!


2023 Go for the Green Paul Pradel Financial Literacy Ambassador Scholarship Program” – email submissions to Dr. Erica Tobe at tobee@msu.edu, (Subject: Pradel Scholarship – Virtual Advertising Campaign OR Pradel Scholarship - Why Financial Literacy); Applications due no later than October 27th, 2023 at 5pm EST.

For Credit Financial Literacy Courses at MSU

Did you know that there are undergraduate courses that you can take to learn more about financial literacy?

  • HDFS 138 – Introduction to Financial Literacy 2 credits, fall semester only, restricted to freshman and sophomores.
  • HDFS 238 – Personal Finance – 3 credits, fall, spring, or summer semester, open to all MSU students.
  • HDFS 438 – Applied Resource Management Practicum – 3 credits, fall or spring semester, open to juniors and seniors in College of Social Science.
  • HDFS 454 – Family Resource Management – 3 credits, fall or spring semester, open to juniors and seniors in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Minor in Resource Management from the Individual, Family, and Societal Perspective

Interested in minoring in this content? Open to College of Social Science majors, the Resource Management from the Individual, Family, and Society minor provides interdisciplinary knowledge from an ecological perspective preparing students to manage, counsel, and work in a wide range of placements in human service, non-profit and for-profit sectors. This minor also prepares students to be more literate and capable personal money managers. For more information, visit: https://socialscience.msu.edu/undergraduate/minors.html

Go for the Green Financial Education Offerings

Typically held in the spring semester, the Go for the Green team hosts free educational workshops and presentations, scholarship opportunities and events focused on educating undergraduate students around key money management issues. To learn more, visit: https://hdfs.msu.edu/go_for_the_green

Financial 4.0 Website and Mobile App

MSU Federal Credit Union’s (MSUFCU) Financial 4.0 program has a website and mobile app with financial literacy content created for MSU students by their Financial Education department and MSU student interns. Content includes financial articles, information about upcoming events, quizzes to test your financial knowledge, financial calculators, and more! Visit https://msufcufin40.evergreen3c.com/ or download the mobile app available on iOS or Android devices by searching for Financial 4.0.

Financial 4.0 Sessions

MSUFCU offers free financial literacy sessions virtually and in-person in all five campus neighborhoods. Sessions range from 30-45 minutes and some classes may even provide extra credit for attending. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Credit education
  • Budgeting
  • Investing basics
  • Networking
  • Student loans
  • Comparing compensation and benefits
  • Fraud prevention
  •  Renting vs. buying

Financial literacy sessions can also be requested to have a Financial Educator speak with your class, organization, or fraternity or sorority by emailing financialeducation@msufcu.org.




New Student Orientation:

  • From 2017 – 2019, experienced 823% growth in program participation with 3,925 incoming freshmen being introduced to key financial literacy concepts.
  • Lessons covered budgeting, credit, savings, and student loans.
  • Since 2020, online presence at NSO has continued and now ALL incoming freshmen have access to fundamental financial literacy concepts through online learning modules.

Financial Literacy Events:

  • Over 3,000 students attended one or more events over a four-year period.
  • Events included one-on-one workshops, keynote speakers, notable author talks, & panel discussions.
  • Distinguished MSU and SSC alums were engaged in critical conversations.
  • Since 2019, the department of Human Development and Family Studies has hosted scholarship competitions that have provided $12,000+ in scholarship funding to support undergraduate students.
  • Examples of Past Session Topics:
    • Women on Leadership & Financial Equity (2020)
    • Women in Leadership, Business, & Finance (2021)
    • Financial Anxiety (2021)
    • Money Conversations when Preparing to Graduate (2021)
    • Cryptocurrency (2022)
    • Careers in Financial Literacy (2022)
    • From the Banks of the Red Cedar to the Working World (panel of MSU Alumni) (2023)