USA Funds LifeSkills

Garrett College and USA Funds have partnered to offer you a free online learning program that offers advice for managing your time and money wisely before you arrive on campus and after you graduate. With 30 lessons to choose from, you'll be sure to find the information you need to get a handle on your personal finances.

The Life Skills program is a web base, self directed financial literacy program that provides you with financial information, tips, and skills necessary to be financially successful. The interactive format helps you connect with realistic content that relates to your everyday experiences to help you understand and take control of debt. You have online access to important financial information throughout your academic career to reinforce time and financial management skills beyond higher education.

Life Skills are online lessons designed to help students be more successful in college. Certain lessons are mandatory for first-time loan borrowers and students who are submitting academic appeals. Lessons are also open to any students who are interested in improving financial well-being (budgeting, credit reports, time management, etc.).

  Log in

  • Visit the USA Funds Life Skills site.
  • Click "Request a new account" in the Login box to create your account. Create a Life Skills username and password by clicking on 'Request a new account'. We suggest using your Garrett College email as your username (if not, use FirstName.LastName).
  • Complete all of the information.
    • Student ID: This can be viewed on the student portal and will begin with 888. Your Student ID was also provided to you by Financial Aid. Please be sure it is correct so we can identify you correctly!
    • School code: 01001400
    • Student Access Code: 01001400-01


  Get Started

  • Select "My Catalog" from the navigation menu.
  • Click on the name of the lesson and click "Enroll" on the right side of the screen. Complete the required lessons.
  • Please remove any pop-up blockers. If pages are not showing, please see if a pop-up blocker is preventing access to web pages.
  • Click "Next" to advance through the lesson.
  • Complete the Lesson Challenge quiz at the end of the lesson.
  • A score of 70% or higher is required to pass the lesson and have the lesson recorded on your transcript as completed.


  FAQs and Problems 1. I'm having problems signing in or creating a username/password?
Answer: Please contact LIFE SKILLS customer service directly at 1-800-766-0084. The financial aid office cannot help with username/password issues.

2. I need to input more access codes?
Answer: Once you have signed in, click on 'My Account' and you can enter additional codes in the 'Student Access Codes' field.

3. How do I know if I completed my lesson(s)?
Answer: You can check which lessons have been completed by clicking on 'My Transcript' from the main page.