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 students pursuing a major or minor in financial counseling and planning (FCP).


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

The Iowa State Financial Counseling Clinic (FCC) is dedicated to training FCP students to guide clients through life-cycle financial education to help them assess and improve their financial decision making and build a sustainable foundation for long-term financial well-being.

FCP students develop the skills to empower individuals and families – regardless of income or background – to make effective financial decisions. Students use the lab environment to develop the abilities to:

  • Assist clients with their immediate money challenges
  • Deliver financial education and guidance specific to the client’s unique situation and needs
  • 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

Office of Student Financial Success

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

The mission of the Office of Student Financial Success 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 Office of Student Financial Success 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 Office of Student Financial Success

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: 515-294-2223
0210 Beardshear Hall
515 Morrill Road
Ames, IA 50011-2103

Helpful Websites:

Family Finances: For Families

Iowa Financial Literacy Network

Iowa Jump$tart Resources

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Smart About Money

Federal Trade Commission

Identity Theft

National Endowment for Financial Education

For Investors: Education Is Key to Protection

Information for the Individual Investor

Iowa Concern

ISU-E answer line

ISU-E financial management

ISU-E financial publications

FDIC “Money Smart” Program

FTC consumer information menu

MyFICO calculators

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Financial Counseling Clinic

4380 Palmer Building
2222 Osborn Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011-1084