University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Swain Center for Executive Education


Horatio Alger Scholarship Program:
Personal Finance 

Fully Online

Next Offering: TBA

Financial literacy will not only allow you to understand your current personal finances, but can also help you control, invest, and protect your future finances. Apply now to take this fully online 1-credit course in Personal Finance. 

(Please note this course is only open to Horatio Alger (HA) Scholarship Recipients. It is not open to UNCW students.)

You must complete a non-degree seeking visiting permissions application via the button below to apply for this course.

Course fee paid by Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. The course is tailored to HA scholarship students; students must pass the course or else are responsible for the course fee.

Course fee includes:

  • Access to online course materials
  • Admission fee waiver
  • UNCW transcript for home institution for transfer credit. 

Fully Online

15-hour program over 2 weeks.

Week 1:

  • Understanding Your Finances
  • Major Purchases

Week 2:

  • Protecting Yourself and Your Family
  • Saving for Retirement

View the full course outline

Knowledge of financial literacy will help you to improve your knowledge of personal finance, such as how to control, invest and protect your finances. 

  • Get a start on college credits paid for by Horatio Alger Association.
  • Learn how to manage your finances successfully.
  • Earn 1-credit course: FIN 292: Special topics on Personal Finance
  • Transcript from UNCW

The curriculum includes short modules on important financial topics prepared specifically for HAA Scholars. Topics and activities include:

  • A vision of financial independence
  • Traps and risks
  • Saving for Retirement – How Much is Enough and How Do You Get There?
  • A Never Ending Flow of Income - Career Planning
  • And Many More Skills For Life!

This course is designed specifically for  Horatio Alger Scholarship Recipients. UNCW students are not eligible to take this course.


Eligible applicants:

  • must be current Horatio Alger Scholarship Recipients

The course is designed to work through modules composed of individual lessons. Each lesson contains:

  • A brief popular news article on the topic
  • Associated readings
  • An explanatory video and follow up questions
  • A lesson quiz

This online course in personal finance is designed to help you:

  • Identify the strategies for financial success
  • Make informed investment decisions
  • Overcome the burden of debt
  • Avoid pitfalls, traps, and financial gimmicks
  • Develop a personal financial plan for financial freedom

"Over the course of a 40 year career, a typical household will earn over $2 million, our job as educators is to help them understand how to get the most enjoyment out of their earnings. With some planning, a basic financial skillset, and the advantage of time, anyone can retire a millionaire."
-Dr. Adam Jones, Course Professor

"Dr. Jones is an exceptional teacher...he kept discussion interesting and meaningful and ensured that his students performed to the best of their abilities. Everything from the layout of the teaching material, to his system of tests, quizzes, and homework... were all very well organized throughout."
-former student

How do I login to Canvas?

  • Login to the course prior to the first day of class to confirm your access
  • Access the course through Canvas:
  • Username: Use the UNCW email address (without the extension provided in your Admissions Acceptance Letter
  • Password: Default is your birthdate format MONTHDAYYEAR; EXAMPLE 07081980 is July 8, 1980
  • Once logged into Canvas, choose the Courses icon then click on your course
  • If you have trouble logging in contact the Technology Assistance Center at 910-962-4357 or visit their webpage at

How do I view my e-bill?

  1. Visit the Student Accounts website:
  2. Login to E-bill with your UNCW ID number and PIN (provided in your Admissions letter)
  3. E-bill Tutorial:

How much work is involved?

  • It is a one-credit course but it is designed to be doable in between semesters. 
  • You will need to devote about 15-20 hours each of the two weeks to the class.

Dr. Adam Jones

Dr. Adam Jones
Associate Professor of Economics

Dr. Jones is the Regional Economist in the Swain Center and Associate Professor of Economics in the Cameron School of Business. He is an accomplished researcher and economist and a teacher at heart. He is most proud of his teaching accomplishments and mentors students in the annual Fed Challenge competition, honors research projects, and through his work with the UNCW Cycling Club. He was recently recognized by the UNCW Honors College as the Faculty Mentor of the Year and has won the Discere Aude teaching award twice.

When away from the office Dr. Jones can usually be found on his bicycle or working with the UNCW Cycling Club to organize some misadventure. Dr. Jones is happily married and believes all his successes belong to his wife while his failures stem from ignoring her suggestions.