Financial Wellness

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Eliminate Unnecessary Student Fees and Charges

The Problem

Many students on our campus are burdened by financial stress, and this is not minimized by the University’s actions. Professors are permitted to require the purchase of a textbook that they receive royalties for, and some courses require the purchase of materials that were created using university funds.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri will work to:

The Impact

Students will continue to utilize the best resources available while avoiding a financial conflict of interest.

Prevent Students’ Financial Situation from Impacting Course Grade

The Problem

Professors often require a textbook or reading to be purchased as a part of their course materials for a semester. However, these requirements are rarely enough in advance for students to prepare for what can amount to a significant financial burden. Additional charges extend past course readings and include movies, department performances, or events, which all contribute to a student’s grade and ability to follow a course’s syllabus based on the ability to pay for these unwarranted course requirements. Furthermore, professors offer their own writings as a resource to success in their course, yet still require students to purchase their material rather than providing access to their own work and studies.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri will ensure that students’ financial situations do not affect their ability to succeed in classes by working with departments to:

The Impact

Not allowing students’ financial situations to hurt their grades will decrease inequities in student GPA and make classes at OSU more accessible for all students.

Provide Financial Education to All Students

The Problem

For many students, college is a time of newfound independence. Financial literacy is a privilege that many students do not come to university having, and this can create a lasting impact beyond their college years. The university has a robust program, yet students are not utilizing it.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri will collaborate with the Student Wellness Center to:

The Impact

Students will be more educated and empowered to take control of their personal finances.

Student Athlete Name, Image and Likeness Compensation

The Problem

Although student athletes are often provided scholarships, they are barred from being compensated for their name, image or likeness in accordance with NCAA policy. Because student athletes spend more time at games, practice, and conditioning, their schedules are less flexible to include a job, and thus their income sources are limited.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri will advocate for our student athletes by working to:

The Impact

By allowing student athletes to be compensated for the sale of the name, image, or likeness, we are supporting the athletes that help make OSU great both financially and mentally.

Battling Food Insecurity

The Problem

Across the Ohio State Community, 15% of students suffer from impacts of food insecurity. As young adults, access to proper nutrition is essential to growth and academic success. Food sold in the marketplaces are quite often priced at higher rates that one could find at an average grocery store. However, many students don’t have access to transportation necessary in order to buy food at appropriate prices. Buckeye Food Alliance, a nonprofit created to serve students in need, currently operates out of the Columbus Campus. However, they have not been provided the adequate resources to expand to all Ohio State campuses.

Our Plan

Maddie and Sri will work with Ohio State and the broader Columbus community to:

The Impact

Students will be free to navigate college life without the constant stress of where their next meal will come from.

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