In an effort to better reflect the services offered by the Student Loan Education Office, effective March 30th, we will be re-named the Office of Student Financial Success. We have removed student loan from the name as many of our discussions focus around more than just student loans. Our financial literacy advisers are available to all students, regardless of whether or not they have borrowed loans, and strive to help students become more successful in managing their finances. Please look for exciting new things in the weeks to come.

Cyclone CashCourse

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa has mandated the three public institutions in Iowa (Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa) offer a financial education training to help students make smart financial decisions and better manage their money.

It is no secret that the cost of college is a sizeable financial investment. Figuring out how to pay for college, managing credit or debit cards, knowing how to create a budget, and developing an emergency fund can all feel overwhelming.

In order to take the fear out of finances and comply with the Board of Regents mandate, all new undergraduate students will be required to complete Cyclone CashCourse during the fall semester of their first year at Iowa State University.

Cyclone CashCourse is a semester-based, online training aimed at building the financial foundation students need to live a financially healthy life. The training will include modules on managing money, paying for college, borrowing student loans, and understanding credit. Students will be able to complete the modules at their own pace and in any order.

In addition to the online training, students will have access to Peer Financial Educators. The Peer Financial Educators are Cyclones who have experiences with money that can be helpful in navigating and understanding finances as a college student.

Cyclone CashCourse will automatically appear in your Canvas account during your first fall term at Iowa State University. Students can begin completing the training when fall semester starts and should have all modules completed by the end of the semester. The Peer Financial Educators will be available to students for timely reminders, encouragement and one-on-one meetings throughout the training.

In order to complete the training, students will need to create a free, online account with CashCourse at The modules will be available through the CashCourse website. Cyclone CashCourse is coordinated by the Office of Student Financial Success, a unit of the Office of Student Financial Aid and Division of Student Affairs.