Badger$ense Financial Life Skills

Mission: To empower students in defining and pursuing their life goals through evidence-based instruction in household and personal financial management.

Financial Life Skills students in pod

The Badger$ense Financial Life Skills program (formerly known as Financial Life Skills), as part of the Wisconsin Financial Capabilities Initiative, started in 2014 to provide students across UW with unique and innovative opportunities to learn about managing their finances. The program is offered by the Consumer Science department in the School of Human Ecology, with generous startup support from University of Wisconsin Credit Union and the UW Provost’s Office.

Badger$ense features:

Press coverage

My Son Will Probably Not Take a High School Personal Finance Course. Here’s Why, Forbes
How to Help Colleges Teach Financial LiteracyThe Wall Street Journal
Are the Kids Really All Right?On Wisconsin Magazine
UW’s Schoool of Human Ecology Focuses on Problems of LifeMilwaukee Journal Sentinel
Grocery Bills, Credit Cards, Wants and Needs: New Class About Personal FinancesWisconsin State Journal

The Badger Herald  “Common Cents” articles by Badger$ense peer educators

Back to school budget tips, September 17, 2019, by Mckayla Johnson
Fall can be a scary time for your spending plan, October 15, 2019, by Zack Godfrey
Holiday shopping on a budget, November 19, 2019, by Alex Pillard
How to read a job offer, February 18, 2020, by Elizabeth Templeton

Additional recognition


Linda Lepe, CFP®, Director, Financial Life Skills Program | | 608.890.3025