Finances

Local Highlights

April 17, 2015

The Steps for Success coalition is a partnership among several Hamilton County financial professionals, with coordination from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  Our goals are to promote financial preparation for post-secondary education, raise awareness and use of various college savings options and increase financial literacy in our county.

November 14, 2018

During open enrollment for your employer’s coverage or a Marketplace plan, review and selection of a new plan is easier if you understand your health care needs and know how to evaluate a policy for the desired benefits. “Smart Choice™ Health Insurance – Basics” is a one hour program to review steps for comparing and evaluating your health insurance options

October 24, 2018

Are you comfortable with computers? Do you pay attention to detail?  Do you like helping others?  If so, consider learning to be a VITA tax volunteer!

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. Call the hotline at 800-447-1985.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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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