Financial Literacy Course

The Center for Economic Education at Salem State University is offering a non-credit certificate course in financial literacy entitled:

S M A R T - Save More. Act Responsibly. Thrive.

This workshop on financial literacy is free to all Salem State undergraduate students and funded by a grant from the Student Government Association. Other sponsors include: the Center for Economic Education, Chartwells, and the Foundations of Excellence, First Year Experience Program.

The five workshop sessions will be held in the Ellison Campus Center on the following Wednesdays from either 8-8:50 am or 9-9:50 am.

1) February 23, 2011, Martin Luther King Room
2) March 9, 2011, Veterans Memorial Hall
3) March 23, 2011, Martin Luther King Room 
4) April 6, 2011, Veterans Memorial Hall  
5) April 13, 2011, Martin Luther King Room

A free breakfast will be provided before each session.

The SMART workshop on financial literacy, a sequel to the “Scratch Beginnings” book discussion, will discuss financial topics and problems that concern students including:

  • Creating and maintaining a financial plan;
  • Credit scores and borrowing;
  • The best banking account for your needs;
  • Saving and investing; and
  • Other financial topics of interest to students.            

Instructional materials will be provided by the Center for Economic Education. The classes will be taught by Salem State University faculty from the Economics Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Finance Concentration in the Bertolon School of Business.

Completion of the five workshop sessions:

 -  Earns a Certificate of Completion that can be noted on your resume; and
 -  Earns the student an entry into a raffle for (4) $250 gift certificates from the Salem State Bookstore.

If you have already registered for this course, please complete this brief survey.

Dr. Dorothy R. Siden, director of the Center for Economic Education at Salem State recognizes and thanks the following members of the Salem State community that supported the implementation of this project, including: 

  • Patricia Meservey, President, Salem State University
  • Beth Bower, Special Assistant to the President, Salem State University
  • Wayne Gates, Trustee, Salem State University
  • Angel Rodriguez, Student Trustee, Salem State University
  • Stan Cahill, Executive Vice President, Salem State University
  • Kristin Esterberg, Provost, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Salem State University
  • J.D. Scrimgeour, First Year Experience, Salem State University
  • Jude Nixon, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Salem State University.
  • Student Government Association, Salem State University 
  • The faculty of the Economics department, Salem State University
  • Margaret Brooks, Director, Center for Economic Education at Bridgewater State University    


1. Send an email to: with the following information. Use SMART as the subject of the email.

Class Selection: 8 am or 9 am
Class: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior

You will receive a return email from Dr. Siden to confirm your registration.

2. OR download and fill out this form and bring, email, or fax to:

Dr. Dorothy R. Siden
Meier Hall Room 232
Salem State University 
Phone: 978.542.6681      
FAX: 978.542.6602

Apply early. Space is limited.