Highlighting free learning opportunities for professional development, lifelong learning available free to University of Michigan students, faculty and staff

Sean Corp, Content Strategist

Learning how to pay for your own journey through college? Saving for your child’s college fund? Starting to think about retirement but worried you might be too early or too late? There are ample resources available to University of Michigan employees and others including in the online learning space.

U-M students, faculty and staff have access to all Michigan learning experiences on Coursera, EdX and FutureLearn as well as Michigan+, providing enrollment in Coursera’s catalog of more than 3,700 Guided Projects, courses, Specializations and Professional Certificates from university and industry partners all over the world.

U-M also recently launched a collection of short-form educational content called Perspectives on Personal Finance. U-M students, employees and alumni with a valid U-M email address can access Michigan+ on Michigan Online’s Michigan+ page. There are also more than 200 learning experiences created by U-M available from partners Coursera, EdX and FutureLearn accessible through Michigan Online and free to U-M students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Individuals who don’t have or do not remember their U-M uniqname can visit the identity verification page on the U-M Information and Technology Services (ITS) website. For related inquiries, contact U-M ITS.

Some highlighted content, courses and specializations available through U-M, Michigan Online and Michigan+:

Finance for Everyone: Smart Tools for Decision-Making

Offered by: University of Michigan
Type: Course (approx. 30 hours to complete)

Want to learn how to think clearly about important financial decisions and improve your financial literacy? Finance for Everyone will showcase the beauty and power of finance. This introductory finance course will be a gateway into the world of finance and will examine multiple applications to apply to your everyday life. Join us to better understand how to apply frameworks and tools to make smart financial choices.

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Personal & Family Financial Planning

Offered by: University of Florida
Type: Course (approx. 15 hours to complete)

Personal and Family Financial Planning will address many critical personal financial management topics in order to help you learn prudent habits both while in school and throughout your lifetime.

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Perspectives on Personal Finance

Offered by: University of Michigan
Type: Collection (31 individual items)

Finance can have an impact on many aspects of our lives, regardless of our identity, age, or life circumstance. This collection helps individuals develop financial wellness through literacy, advice for financial growth, and self-advocacy. Learn about topics like college finances, retirement preparation, investment and stocks, and more!

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Financial Planning for Young Adults

Offered by: University of Illinois
Type: Course (approx. 20 hours to complete)

Financial Planning for Young Adults topics covered include financial goal setting, saving and investing, budgeting, financial risk, borrowing and credit. Because financial planning is such a personal topic, you will be encouraged to define your own financial goals and objectives while we discuss concepts and provide tools which can be applied in helping you reach those goals.

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More University of Michigan Resources

University of Michigan has more resources available on U-M benefits and wellness tools and planning for retirement. This includes monthly Planning for Retirement sessions, the ability to speak with a benefits counselor (for those within six months of retirement), and additional helpful tools and articles.