Finances

Local Highlights

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July 9, 2021

AMES, Iowa -- A new federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic kicks of this month, designed to boost the financial well-being of families with children 17 and under, according to Barb Wollan, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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July 9, 2021

AMES, Iowa -- The expanded amount and eligibility for the 2021 Child Tax Credit, combined with the advance monthly payments which begin in July, offer families an opportunity to improve their overall financial well-being, according to Barb Wollan, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Wollan urges local families to plan for the use of the funds before they arrive.


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July 7, 2021

The FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit program will help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is good news for those depending on the internet for their jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms and so much more, says Brenda Schmitt, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Male senior citizen talking on phone
December 22, 2020

As the COVID-19 vaccine begins to be distributed in Iowa, scams are being reported that are preying on those who are at higher risk of COVID-19 infection, such as older adults. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists say you can protect yourself and your loved ones by knowing the facts.

John Deere combine in soybean field
November 11, 2020

AMES, Iowa -- The year 2020 brought many challenges and uncertainties to the world, and agriculture most definitely felt the impact.Wild price swings, supply chain disruptions and economic hardships caused farmers across Iowa to review their finances and operating plan in great detail.During these difficult times – and any time farmers are looking for financial advice, they can turn to the Farm Financial Planning Program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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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