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What we do

Western Michigan University's Sanford Center for Financial Planning and Wellness addresses financial literacy and planning through a variety of programs and services.

Some of what we offer includes:

  • Promoting financial wellness and financial planning throughout the greater Kalamazoo community through workshops, seminars and summer camps.
  • Fostering and enhancing the financial literacy of area high school students, college students and southwest Michigan communities.
  • Providing financial coaching to students prior to key financial decisions via a network of experienced practitioners and student interns.
  • Conducting and publishing research related to the impact of financial literacy and planning education initiatives.
  • Stimulating collaboration between financial planning practitioners and departmental faculty.
  • Submitting grants for research studies regarding college and retirement planning.
  • Providing internship opportunities.
  • Developing certificate programs.