Simple Steps to Save Successfully During America Saves Week 2017

By Tammy G. Bruzon, America Saves

America Saves Week (February 27 – March 4, 2017) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. Each year, we encourage savers – or potential savers – just like you to set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically.

This America Saves Week, try these five simple steps to help yourself save automatically – and successfully:

1. Assess Your Savings
Like your health, you should assess your savings annually to make sure your savings priorities are on the right track. Complete this simple 12-question assessment to find out your current standing and help you plan for the future.

2. Evaluate your Savings Preparedness
Check off your savings accomplishments on the Saver Checklist to further evaluate where your savings habits need strengthening for your future goals.

3. Take the America Saves Pledge
Those with a savings plan are two times as likely to save for emergencies and retirement than those without one. Join more than 500,000 American Savers who have already committed to save. When you take the pledge, you can choose to receive text message tips and reminders to help you save towards your goals.

4. Share Your Savings Goal
Take part in the 2017 #ImSavingFor photo contest. Share a selfie or video that shows what you’re saving for on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Then check americasaves.org to learn more about contest entry details and prizes. Savings never looked so good.

5. Make Your Savings Social
Are you on Twitter or Facebook? Join America Saves and the American Savings Education Council in encouraging your friends, family, and colleagues to save this week. Better yet, join one of the many Twitter chats that America Saves will be a part of this week to get real-time savings tips and advice.

America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status.

NEW 2017 Summer Tuition Grant

Many students need to take summer classes in order to graduate on time or catch up on coursework they may have missed during the spring/fall semesters. Unfortunately, less financial aid can be available for summer classes. UNL is beginning a 2017 Summer Tuition Grant for low-and-middle-income families to address this need.

Here are the qualifications:
-Complete the Summer Aid Application available to students in MyRED beginning mid-March
-Be a resident of the State of Nebraska for tuition purposes
-Be an undergraduate student in a degree-seeking program at UNL
-Have a valid 2016-2017 FAFSA on file with an Expected Family Contribution of $11,000 or below (deadline: June 30, 2017)
-Enroll in 3 or more summer credit hours (any combination of sessions and instruction modes)
-Be a freshman, sophomore, or junior grade level (fewer than 89 earned/completed credits, including transfer, by summer)
-Be a Title IV financial aid-eligible student (see http://financialaid.unl.edu/eligibility.shtml)
-And not be receiving a summer tuition award from any other federal, state, or University program

Students can receive up to $1,400. Here are the maximum award amounts depending on how many credit hours are taken:

6 or more credits: $1,400
5 credits: $1,100
4 credits: $900
3 credits: $700
0-2 credits: $0

Contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid to find out more:
402-472-2030 or financialaid@unl.edu