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University of Alabama Athletics Adopts Capital One's College Financial Education Program

October 20, 2003 at 9:04 AM EDT
Student Athletes Get 'Money Wi$e in College' and Learn About Budgeting, Credit, and Financial Responsibility

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Oct 20, 2003 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Freshmen athletes at the University of Alabama are getting an introduction to the basics of personal financial management this year, thanks to the Athletics Department and Capital One. The university will participate in Capital One's college financial education program, Getting Money Wi$e in College. Freshmen Tide athletes will undergo an interactive training curriculum focusing on basic budgeting, credit, and financial responsibility skills. The program is established through the University's Life Skills program.

"The University of Alabama's Life Skills program is a great way to inform students about basic money management, and help them start off on the right foot with their personal finances," said Diana Don, Director of Financial Education at Capital One. "Capital One's goal is to empower college students to use the training as the basis for sound financial habits."

Through its Getting Money Wi$e in College program, Capital One is providing students with training on the Practical Money Skills for Life curriculum. The curriculum touches on the financial challenges young adults face during the college years and educates them about the fundamental aspects of credit and budget management. As a supplement to the program, Capital One has designed and tailored a web page where University of Alabama students can access more information about basic money management. The web site provides an overview of the program, links to the Capital One Visa Practical Money Skills curriculum, additional resources such as loan calculators, and information on related topics, including identity theft. It can be viewed at

"Personal financial management is an important life skill, and we see a real need for more education on this topic among freshman college students, including our athletes," said Karin Lee, Director of Life Skills and Community Outreach for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Alabama. "We were glad to hear about Capital One's program, and are eager to participate and make it a success for our athletes."

Capital One also sponsors financial education programs at Washington State University, the University of South Florida and the University of Maryland. Capital One has partnered with Visa to provide its Practical Money Skills for Life curriculum and educational materials to the University's program. Practical Money Skills for Life covers Making Decisions, Budgeting, Banking Services, Living on One's Own, Understanding Credit and Credit Cards, and Saving. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), and the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) have endorsed the curriculum.

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