Financial literacy is important. We want to ensure that you stay financially healthy for life. That’s why we’re proud to offer free financial literacy assistance to all of our students and alumni.


We’ve partnered with Ascendium Education Group to bring you GradReady, a free, online resource that can help you finance a higher education, manage your student loans and build money management skills. You will learn about paying for college, creating a budget, loan repayment and much more. As you move through the lessons and quizzes in each path, you will earn badges.

Access GradReady

GradReady Instructions

Create an Account

  1. Visit GradReady and click Get Started.
  2. Provide the requested information to create a secure log in.
  3. Review and agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy by clicking I Agree – Continue.
  4. Check your inbox for an authentication email. Click the link in the email to log in to your account.

Choose a Path

There are several paths you can follow in GradReady:

  • Paying for College
  • Money Management
  • Learning to Learn
  • Life Skills for Success
  • Read-World Finance

Take the Pre-course Assessment

When you start a path, the first thing you'll do is take a Pre-Course Assessment to determine your knowledge of the topic. After you complete the assessment, you'll receive access to a dashboard where you'll complete lessons and quizzes.

Complete Lessons and Quizzes

The first tile in the dashboard contains a list of video-based lessons. Watch the videos and review the resources. You'll take a quiz for each lesson. You'll need to score at least 70%. Make sure you complete all the lessons and quizzes in the path.

Some paths have interactive tools such as the Debt-O-Meter and Electronic Loan Counselor to help you apply what you learn. Be sure to use each tool to its fullest extent.

Take the Final Assessment

Go to My Account, located in the dropdown menu, and choose the final assessment in your path. You'll need to score 70% or higher. To see how much you learned, compare your final assessment score to your pre-course assessment score to get an understanding of how much you learned.

Track Your Progress with Badges

You'll receive badges as you complete paths. You'll get one each time you:

  • Take a pre-course assessment
  • Score 70% or higher on a quiz
  • Use an interactive tool to its fullest extent
  • Score 70% or higher on a final assessment

You can easily identify all Badges you have and have not earned by visiting My Account.

For help on getting started, please review this helpful resource:

Getting Started: A Student’s Guide to GradReady