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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Student Affairs

Financial Education


Our goal is to provide knowledge and resources to help you achieve your goals. One-on-one meetings, supplemented by group workshops, are the primary venues as we develop an individualized success plan tailored for your needs.


The following links provide useful information, webinars, videos and fact sheets.

AAMC’s Financial Information, Resources, Services and Tools (FIRST)
Good information on many financial topics; check out the MedLoans® Organizer and Calculator.

U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid
Good information on specific types of loans.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
Establish an account to view all of your Federal loans and associated details.


To schedule a meeting, visit, register with your official WSU email, and choose the “College of Medicine Financial Education” (not Financial Aid) schedule (second College of Medicine schedule). You should see Rich Ronnestad’s name on the left-hand side beneath every date. Schedule an open time from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Remember to click “Save Appointment” at the bottom of the pop-up window. Spouses/partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Please stop by any day during the lunch hour (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.) to ask questions, clarify an issue, or to discuss any financial or scholarship topic. Location is SAC 415.


Join us one Wednesday each month for a lunch and learn, an informal session where we’ll discuss a relevant financial topic. Bring your own lunch and we’ll provide snacks and sweets, location will be announced, from 12:15 to 12:45.

Aug. 23: Establish FinEd Advisory Board, Financial Aid Distribution
Sept. 13: Budgeting for Medical School/Saving/Emergency Fund
Oct. 11: Identity Theft Protection/ Two-Factor Authentication
Nov. 8: Understanding Your Student Loans
Dec. 13: Tax Planning: what to expect/look for, student loan interest, etc.
Jan. 10: Consumer Debt/Credit Cards
Feb. 14: Finances During the Summer Break
March 7: Short and Long Term Financial Goals
April 11: Auto Purchases/Loans/Leases and Auto Insurance
May 9: Credit Report/Credit Score
June 13: Debt Minimization


Rich Ronnestad, MS, CFP®
Director of Financial Education and Scholarship Support
509-368-6852 | PROFILE

This Month’s Financial Topic

Identity Theft Protection
Identity Theft Protection Steps