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    Where do you stand?

    Test your personal financial knowledge.

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    What we do

    We are dedicated to advancing financial well-being.

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    Todd Sanford

    Realizing his vision for financial wellness.

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    Community impact

    The Sanford Center impacts hundreds of high school students through outreach programs like the Financial Reality Fair.

Located within the Haworth College of Business, the Sanford Center for Financial Planning and Wellness promotes the financial fitness of Southwest Michigan communities and in turn increases retention, recruitment and graduation rates for Western Michigan University.

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Financial literacy and planning are critical skills in modern America. Yet, many adults struggle to recover from the burden of debt, and college students are often impacted harder than most. A general lack of financial literacy makes it difficult to make smart financial decisions, including financing higher education. It is essential that individuals and families possess the mindset necessary to seek out, critically analyze, synthesize and apply the right knowledge to effectively manage their finances in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing financial landscape. There is a solution—financial literacy. The Sanford Center for Financial Planning and Wellness at WMU Haworth can help.

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  • 53% of Americans report feeling anxious about their personal finances.

  • 42% of Americans admit to engaging in expensive credit card behavior.

  • 42% of Americans with outstanding student loans say they have been late with a payment.

  • Only 34% of Americans could correctly answer 4 out 5 basic financial literacy questions.

Stories

  • Eldon McCabe standing in front of Sanford Center for Financial Planning and Wellness sign

    Understanding financial wellness

    Eldon McCabe, assistant program manager for the center, is working to improve financial literacy on campus and beyond.

    Read his story

  • Pictured is a graduate student standing outside in front of a flowering tree

    Master of Science in Finance

    The Department of Finance and Commercial Law is planning to launch a Master of Science in Finance in fall of 2022.

    View program details

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    Business magazine

    Meeting disruption with innovation and resilience: The 2021 edition of Business magazine showcases the many high points of the past academic year at WMU Haworth.

    Read the issue

  • New and former Greenleaf Trust scholars stand outside in front of Greenleaf Trust with President Edward Montgomery and William D. Johnston.

    Greenleaf Trust scholars

    Greenleaf Trust and WMU Haworth recently celebrated their 2021 scholars—students with majors in accounting, finance and personal financial planning.

    Read their story