Take Control of Your Money Online Course

moneyIf you are looking for ways to improve your finances, this FREE online course is for you!

"Take Control of Your Money" focuses on five key steps in managing money, with additional information on three special topics:

  • dealing with debt
  • building financial security
  • family communication about money

Those enrolled in the course will receive a weekly e-mail MoneyTip from ISU Extension and Outreach, and can opt to continue receiving the tips even after they are done with the course.

How Does The Course Work?

The course is designed for you to use at your own pace...you can pick and choose the aspects that will be most useful to you. To fully try out the tools and practice the strategies, you would need to stay involved for at least a month, but you are free to move through the content as quickly as you wish.

Course Features

  • New tools for planning and tracking your spending, including Excel files and paper-pencil tools.
  • Forums for sharing ideas with other participants.
  • Audio-visual lessons.
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge optional, of course!

Easy and Automated Enrollment

Keep the following directions handy during the enrollment process.

Directions for the general public:

  1. Go to: http://courses.extension.iastate.edu/course/view.php?id=29 to reach the log-in page.
  2. Choose the option to 'Create An Account'
  3. Fill in the form be sure to make note of the username and password which you create!
  4. Click 'Create my new account'.
  5. Stop now, and check your email for a message from 'ISU Extension Courses' (note: some email accounts filter this to junk or spam folders). Follow the directions in the message.
  6. When you click on the link in the message, you will be asked to confirm your enrollment select 'Yes'. Note: if the page does not load, and eventually says 'This page cannot be found', just click your browser's refresh button or press the F5 key.
  7. Congratulations! You have just created your account and accessed the training. If you have trouble, please email Robin Brekke


Directions for those who already have an ISU account:

  1. Go to: http://courses.extension.iastate.edu/course/view.php?id=29 to reach the log-in page.
  2. Here you have a choice to create a new account or to simply log in. You will log in with your Username and Password.
  3. a. Folks with an ISU user account (…@iastate.edu) can simply use your ISU Net-ID and password.
  4. b. Those who have taken an on-line course from ISU Extension and Outreach in the past will be able to use the same account name and password that you previously created. (If you’ve forgotten your password, it will send an email to reset your password.)
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