Local Highlights

October 17, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host an educational Identity Theft Learning with Lunch on Nov. 2 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Cherokee County Extension and Outreach office. Identity theft is a major concern throughout the United States, with millions of consumers having their identities stolen each year. It occurs when a person’s personal information is stolen and used without his or her knowledge to commit fraud and other crimes. 

September 28, 2016

College students who just got their dorm room organized this school year will suddenly face the chore of tackling financial aid paperwork for the 2017-18 academic year. This Saturday, Oct. 1, is the new kick-off for FAFSA®, the federal government’s one form for Federal Student Aid. Completing the Free Application for FAFSA® is the first step toward getting federal aid for college, career school, or graduate school.

September 28, 2016

Gain tools and resources to help others define their financial goals, use credit wisely, manage debt effectively and access appropriate community resources with the “Your Money, Your Goals” toolkit from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on Tuesday, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 at Iowa Lakes Community College (Room 114) in Spencer. Course registration ends Friday, Dec. 12, 2016.

February 24, 2016

Fortunately for farmers who want to get a stronger grasp on their finances and budget, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers a variety of resources designed to help producers plan and keep their heads above water until prices increase

"Extension to Families-At Work ...At Home" Newsletter
(includes information on nutrition & health, family finance, and family relations)

Consumer Protection Division - Iowa Attorney General's Office
   (Consumer Advisories, find a form to file a consumer complaint online, read or download consumer brochures, review consumer protection laws, link to other helpful consumer sites)

Free Credit Reports

Statewide Resources

  • Purchasing a home is probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make. Complete this online course to prepare yourself for buying a home and shopping for a mortgage that works for you!

  • Online resources to help improve financial wellbeing through education and counseling in the areas of homeownership, personal finance, and credit.

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation and electronic filing for low to moderate income Iowans.  Access income tax resources and find a VITA location near you.

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • If you are looking for ways to improve your finances, this FREE online course is for you! Focused on managing money, the course also addresses dealing with debt, building financial security, and family communication about money.

  • Resources on farm management and finances.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Sharpen your financial coaching skills during this 5-week face-to-face and online course designed to help non-profit organizations/groups assist clients/members with their financial management concerns.

  • Our family finance programs and resources can help you get more for your money, save for your financial goals, and help build your money management skills.

  • Whether you are just starting out or already well-established, smart financial management is a priority for almost everyone!  Join the conversation with your ideas and questions as our Family Finance specialists share tips and resources about making good financial decisions.

  • Get involved in an online learn-at-home or face-to-face course on money management designed for women of all ages. It will help you learn to take charge of your money!

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

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