For most students, college is a time of new found freedom. While this is exciting, it is also the first time that most of you will make your first steps into the world of finances. The vast majority of you will take college courses during your time at GPC that will teach you the skills necessary to earn more money and make you more competitive in the job market. Unfortunately, college classes don’t often help you understand how to create a secure financial future by learning financial habits today that will be the basis for that future. Fortunately, the GPC libraries have the resources to help you learn basic money management skills (such as managing bank accounts, budgeting, managing debt and credit, spending control, and saving) that you will need to secure happy, financially secure futures.
One of the most important and difficult of decisions that most of you will make is how to pay for college. GPC libraries have many resources to help make the right decisions about cutting school costs, managing student loan debt, and finding alternative sources of funding such as scholarships. In addition to these resources you can also find DVDs such as Suze Orman For the Young, Fabulous, and Broke and Your Life, Your Money that will help you understand the basics of budgeting and saving on a limited budget. As always, if you need help finding any of the materials in the GPC libraries please feel free to stop by the reference desk at any campus, call a librarian, chat with a librarian, email a librarian, or text with a librarian at 404-YOYOLIB.
~Kim Boyd, Alpharetta Center library
[Editor's note: Personalized counseling and assistance with financial aid and student loans should be sought at the GPC Office of Financial Aid. GPC library staff do not provide financial counseling. Watch campus announcements for GPC workshops on financial topics provided by the Offices of Financial Aid and Advising, Counseling, & Retention Services.]