Financial Literacy Services (FLS) was created in 2012 and is available to all undergraduate and graduate students on campus. FLS meets with thousands of UI students each year and offers customized presentations to groups and student organizations. Our mission is to empower students to make informed decisions to promote lifelong financial success.

Last year students reduced their private loans by a total of $1.7 million after meeting with a Financial Literacy Specialist for Private Loan Counseling.

What Students Say...

"[I learned] about each of my loans and how to utilize them in the best way possible, while also understanding about my U-Bill."

"She was able to answer all my questions regarding loan repayment, and even had some suggestions I hadn't thought of. She was also kind and nonjudgmental."

"She took her time to walk through all of my questions and gave me some great resources and understanding!"


Meet Our Staff

Kayla Strand

Kayla earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Wartburg College. Kayla began her career in early childhood education, working for a social services agency, then transitioned to family financial counseling. This led her to The University of Iowa working with students to help them understand and take control of their personal finances. Kayla enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.


Shelly Brimeyer

Shelly completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Iowa while working in the UNI Financial Aid Office.  This experience launched a career in financial aid beginning in 2000 at Loras College until her ‘dream job’ of working one-on-one with college students at The University of Iowa became available in 2014.  The combination of financial education and individual student interaction is gratifying, and she enjoys helping students achieve their ultimate goal of earning a college degree.  Shelly enjoys home remodeling projects and gardening, and loves spending time with her two fur-babies as well as her two children, one of whom became a Hawkeye in fall 2017!


Kelsey Ryder

Kelsey completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Northern Iowa in Economics and her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Iowa.  Her favorite part about working with financial literacy is being able to make financing college a less confusing process for students to navigate.  She enjoys DIY projects, podcasts, and has an adorable dog named Sheldon.