Money Management

Do you keep a personal budget? When was the last time you checked your FICO score? Let us get the essentials in order and help you answer these questions with ease.

Financial Literacy Workshops

Financial literacy workshops have been created to reflect the most current and relevant information on money management for college students. The information will empower you to make wise financial decisions while studying at CSUN and establish the foundation for a successful financial future.

Workshops are offered in the fall and spring semesters and are presented in a relaxed informal atmosphere. Students are encouraged to ask questions and participate in learning activities.

Fall 2014 Workshops

The Financial Aid & Scholarships Department is pleased to offer the workshops and webinars below through the Financial Literacy Program.  We will raffle one (1) $25 gift card at each workshop.
Please contact Gregorio Alcantar at for questions and information.  Please RSVP.

 Download Fall 2014 Workshops Flyer

Finding Dollars at the Oviatt
The CSUN Oviatt Library has a wide collection of resources related to financial literacy and scholarships. You will learn how to effectively search, and use the library to find scholarship money and manage your debt.
Thursday, October 9th 1:00pm, Oviatt Library, Presentation Room

The Money Pie: Ways to slice your dough
Learn a new way to budget your money by cutting your dough into manageable pieces for controlling wants, managing needs and encouraging savings. Free Pizza!
Wednesday, October 29th 12:00pm, Jacaranda Hall 3502

Controlling Wants
Are you spending mostly on wants thinking they are needs? Learn the difference between a need and a want and how to control spending urges.
Wednesday, November 19th 1:00pm, Live Oak 1127 

30 Minute - Webinars

Cost of Attendance
Learn the truth of how much college costs and how you can afford it.
Tuesday, September 30th 3:00pm, Online

Banking 101
Learn general tips on opening and maintaining a bank account. We will be joined by a representative from Wells Fargo Bank.
Tuesday, October 14th 3:00pm, Online

 Car Buying Process – CSUN Alumni Association
Learn the ins and outs of purchasing your first vehicle, the art of negotiating, and other tips that car dealerships may not want you to know.
Monday, November 24th 6:30pm, Online

Credit Cards vs. Debit Cards
Learn to be an informed consumer by knowing the difference between using a debit card and a credit card. Tips on building favorable credit will also be discussed.
Thursday, December 4th 2:00pm, Online

Please take the time to register for the workshops and webinars.  RSVP

Financial Literacy 101

Financial Literacy 101 is a free online interactive course that will help you think about managing your money in a way that is relevant to your life. This course takes about 60 minutes to complete; you will learn how to create a budget, avoid banking fees, shop for credit cards and effectively manage credit debt. You will also obtain information on requesting and reviewing a credit report, avoiding identity theft, and getting a realistic look at post-college salaries. Best of all, if you complete the course, you will be eligible for a $500 scholarship. Get started by visiting taking the Financial Literacy 101 homepage today, and enter "MyMoney" in the access code box under "New Students."


CashCourse: Define Your Finances. Define Your Future.

CashCourse is a free website that provides easy access to a wide array of money management tools, links and self-paced training modules to put you in control of your finances. It even has a calculator to help you figure out how to become a millionaire! Check it out by visiting the website.

Peer Financial Mentoring

Peer financial mentors are well-trained and motivated Northridge students who are available for one-one-one sessions. They empower students to make informed money managements decisions and are willing to conduct presentations in classes, campus clubs, residence halls, sororities, fraternities and other student organizations on campus. Peer financial mentors are available to assist students with budgeting issues, credit card management, credit reports and scores, and identity theft. To schedule an appointment or request a presentation, please email


The mission of the Peer Financial Mentoring Program is to empower fellow Cal State Northridge students with basic money management information, help them develop the skills needed to control their finances during college and equip them for life's challenges after graduation.


The vision of the Peer Financial Mentoring Program is to impact more Northridge students every semester and help our peers understand the future implications of their finical decisions.

Why become a peer mentor?

There are many reasons to become a peer mentor. On a basic level, you will make friends, help others, learn to respect individual differences and enjoy the experience. It will also boost your public speaking and presentation skills, help you gain leadership experience, and enhance your resume or graduate school application.

Meet our Peer Mentors

My name is Tray Thompson and I am a junior at Cal State Northridge majoring in insurance and financial services. Since I was a freshman, I have been motivated to help others better manage their money. I have facilitated money management workshops for the EOP Resilient Scholars Program and helped my friends make better financial decisions.

I am a peer financial mentor and am just one of the many resources available to you. Other resources and answers to your questions can be found by selecting the various tabs on this page of the website. You'll find financial calculators, articles on money management, information on upcoming workshops and many more cool tools to help you stay in control of your money. One of my favorite tools is a calculator on the CashCourse site called Becoming a Millionaire. You can type in the age when you would like to become a millionaire and the calculator will display how much money you need to save and invest to reach your goal.

Saving and managing your money is not overwhelming once you have the knowledge and tools to do it. It is actually fun and exciting when you meet your financial goals.

Web Resources

In addition to CashCourse and Financial Literacy 101, there are plenty of online money management resources. The Center for Financial Planning and, and offer money-saving advice and budgeting options. Check back here often as we post more relevant links and articles.

Faculty Resources

The Financial Aid & Scholarship Department offers presentations designed to empower students and assist them in making informed decisions about money management. As a service to the campus community, the financial aid staff is available for class presentations. These presentations can be adapted for smaller time frames, but it is suggested each workshop run for approximately 30-50 minutes.

To schedule one or more of the following presentations, please contact Gregorio Alcantar. Include the preferred date, where your class meets and which presentation you are interested in.

Budgeting for College Students

Students will learn how to balance their income, financial aid resources and living expenses. They will develop a student budget by itemizing their expenses and resources, and create a flexible spending plan.

Credit Card Management

Students will learn how to understand the fine print on credit card applications, make the best decisions when shopping for a credit card and become responsible credit card users.

Credit Report and Scores

Students will learn the basics behind credit report scores. They'll also find out what impacts credit history and how to build, maintain, or repair credit.

Identity Theft

Students will learn how to protect themselves from identity theft and how to cope if they become a victim.