Grant Establishes CSU Program to Help Students Manage Finances

COLUMBUS, Ga. Columbus State University has been awarded a grant that will establish a program to help students better manage their personal finances.


Higher One, which works with college business offices in managing services to students, announced the $3,000 grant award in mid-July. Tom Hackett, CSU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, agreed to supplement the grant to provide a total of $4,000 to establish the Cody Counts program.

The program is the brainchild of Nicole de Vries, manager of academic data in the provost’s office. Working with CSU’s Office of Sponsored Programs and University Information and Technology Services, she applied last spring for the grant to establish Cody Counts. This is the second year that Higher One, which distributes financial aid refunds at CSU, has offered the grants to promote financial literacy.

The program will allow Columbus State to create a student Financial Literacy Council and accompanying website, and then stage workshops offering students advice on handling their finances. The council of current student workers will develop the workshops and related programs, personalizing their financial advice to apply to the Columbus area.

Student workers selected to participate will be paid, and it should be “a fun, productive, great professional experience for student workers to earn some extra cash for fall,” de Vries said.

The official kickoff meeting with project coordinators will be held soon, de Vries said, inviting participation by financially savvy faculty or staff. She can be reached at

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