Financial Counseling Clinic

The Financial Counseling Clinic, the first of its kind in the nation, is a learning laboratory located in the Palmer Building used by financial counseling and planning (FCP) majors.


The mission of the Iowa State University Financial Counseling Clinic (FCC) is to serve as a model university financial counseling, planning and education laboratory providing FCP majors with hands-on experience in role play situations or in application for real-world clients during their capstone project.

The ISU Financial Counseling Clinic (FCC) is dedicated to training FCP students to guide clients through life-cycle financial education to help them realize their goals and achieve lasting financial well-being.

Students develop the skills to assist individuals and families in the complex process of financial decision making. Including the ability to:

  • Educate clients in sound financial principles
  • Help clients identify and modify ineffective money management behaviors
  • Guide clients in developing successful strategies to achieve financial goals
  • Support clients as they work through financial challenges and opportunities

Student Loan Education Office

Often mistaken for the Financial Counseling Clinic, the Student Loan Education Office is a financial resource for all Iowa State University students.

The mission of the Student Loan Education Office is to reduce Iowa State University students' loan debt and improve the overall financial health of Iowa State University students through education and understanding of how to finance their higher education.

Located in Beardshear Hall, the Student Loan Education Office advises Iowa State students one-on-one to help make managing money easier. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Budgeting
  • Spending
  • Credit Cards
  • Credit Scores
  • Student Loans
  • Loan Repayment
  • Managing Debt
  • Basic Personal Finance
Contact the Student Loan Education Office

Call, stop in, or email to ask questions or schedule an appointment. Scheduling appointments ahead of time is preferred.

The staff is ready to help guide students through responsible borrowing, understanding how to effectively manage their money and understanding the impact of borrowing on their credit.

Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:00 am-4:00 pm.

Phone: 515-294-0677
In Person: 0680 Beardshear Hall
Mail: 0210 Beardshear Hall 
515 Morrill Road
Ames, IA 50011-2103

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