Red to Black Offering Services for Financial Awareness Week

The annual event includes games and credit checks to raise awareness about money management

Financial Awareness Week

To increase awareness of financial literacy, Texas Tech University's Red to Black is sponsoring its annual Financial Education Week from April 14-16, which is a mix of fun and serious activities to get Red Raiders thinking about their money.

Angela Mazzolini, the program director of Red to Black, said the three-day event is geared toward making people, especially students, more comfortable managing their money.

“We hope that Red Raiders will come out to our activities, win some prizes and maybe learn some things to help them be more successful in managing their money,” Mazzolini said.

Credit Report Review Day: Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday (April 14), students, faculty and staff can go to the Teaching, Learning & Professional Development Center (TLPDC) in the library, check their credit report and talk to a Red to Black coach about what the report says and how to improve credit.

Financial Fitness Day: From 3-7 p.m. Wednesday (April 15), Red to Black will at the Student Rec Center with a variety of games, including debt dodgeball, MONEY (instead of HORSE) and the money jump, in which students have to hold onto their toes while jumping over a dollar bill. Prizes will be given out to all participants.

Don't Go for Broke: The popular Don't Go For Broke Game is back from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday (April 16) at Barnes & Noble in the Student Union Building. Prizes will be given out to all participants.

Last year about 600 people participated in Financial Education Week, and Mazzolini hopes to reach as many people as possible again this year. Students from freshmen to graduating doctoral students are welcome.

April also is National Financial Literacy Month, sponsored by Money Management International.


Red to Black

Texas Tech's Red to Black program

Texas Tech's Red to Black program provides free financial planning, counseling and seminars for students to help them find financial solutions and achieve financial success.

Red to Black provides information in the following areas:

  • Establishing credit
  • Using credit wisely
  • Creating a budget
  • Saving money
  • Investment education
  • Correcting credit report mistakes
  • Repaying debt
  • Organizing finances
  • Tax planning
  • Selecting employee benefits
  • Expenses during or after college
  • Buying a car or home
  • Planning premarital finances
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