Finances

Local Highlights

June 7, 2018

This year Lee County is celebrating 100 years of organized county extension work. This long-established partnership with Iowa State University provides local citizens with access to education and university research.  ISU Extension and Outreach provides education and builds partnerships for a strong Iowa and a strong Lee County.

April 11, 2018

We’re celebrating service for a strong Iowa. In Lee County, we’re asking our staff, council, volunteers, and 4-H Clubs to participate in a community service project.

April 10, 2018

Life expectancy for Americans continues to increase, so it is more and more likely that most adults will end up caring for an elderly parent or relative. “Care does not have to mean that the person lives in your home,” explains Mary M. Weinand, ISU Extension Family Finance Field Specialist.  “It may mean that you provide transportation or other services to a person who still lives in their own home.” For most working Americans, this still requires flexible work schedules or using personal leave days, sometimes without pay.

April 10, 2018

AMES, Iowa – Financial well-being doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Some people focus on financial security, whether for now or for the future. Others are interested in having enough financial freedom to make choices or focus on long-term goals.

March 15, 2018

AMES, Iowa -- Signs of spring are popping up in many front yards, advertising homes for sale. Many Iowans are hoping to claim those for-sale signs because their American Dream is to buy their own home. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers an online course for those who may need some help achieving their dream.

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!

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • Resources on farm management and finances.

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

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

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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