Financial Literacy Program

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.

Program Mission

The mission of the Financial Literacy Program is to expand students’ understanding of money management strategies that will empower them to make wise and informed financial decisions while achieving their educational goals at CSUN.

Financial Literacy Workshops

Fall 2023 Online Workshops—Click on the workshop title to register. 

Would you prefer future workshops online, or in person?  Please reply to our survey here

Building a Financial Plan for College (September 26, 12:30 pm)
Attending college can cost a lot of money, so you want to be prepared.  Learn how to build a financial plan to help you manage your money, reduce stress, and have a little fun! 

Understanding Your Paycheck (October 4, 12:30 pm)
Taxes, health insurance, and retirement savings affect your take-home pay as does your status as self-employed or an employee. Learn about paycheck deductions and the financial implications of your job options. 

Tips and Tricks for Managing Credit (October 18, 12:30 pm)
Credit cards can offer many benefits but can be a source of fees and stress. This workshop will help you learn to manage your credit cards and scores as well as avoid traps. Learn about what steps you can take to improve your financial standing. 

What You Should Know About Student Loans* (Oct 19, 2:00pm)
Learn about interest rates, different types of student loans, loan limits, repayment plan options, how to estimate monthly payments, how to avoid loan default, and what to do if you have trouble making payments. 

Preparing for the Unexpected (November 2, 12:30pm)
Life as an independent adult requires planning. How can you be ready for the challenges ahead? This workshop will help you organize your financial and legal matters and safeguard your financial accounts and possessions. 

Becoming Bank Savvy (November 28, 12:30 pm)
What are the differences between checking and saving accounts? Money market accounts?  Certificates of deposit? This workshop will help you choose a bank and accounts right for you. 

Avoid Going Broke this Holiday Season (November 29, 2:00pm)
Collect tips and strategies to save money and avoid emptying your wallet this holiday season. 

Managing Your Money to Build Your Best Life (December 5, 12:30pm)
Want to take control of your money but are not sure where to start?  Join us to learn how to build a budget, manage your spending, and save for the future. 

For questions regarding these workshops, email 

Requests for accommodation services (e.g., sign language interpreters or transcribers) must be made at least five (5) business days in advance. Please contact Kathryn Vanegas at

Webinar Archives

Please visit our CSUN Financial Literacy YouTube Page to see our past webinars.


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Financial Literacy Resources

Financial Literacy Presentation Request

The Financial Literacy Program partners with University 100, CSUN Faculty, and Student Clubs/Orgs to offer presentations designed to empower students and assist them in making informed financial decisions. Below are some examples of financial literacy topics. As a service to our campus community, our Financial Literacy Program staff is available to come to your classes for a presentation.

Budgeting & Credit Essentials for College Students
Students will learn the principles of budgeting including spending wisely, borrowing wisely, setting goals, prioritizing needs and wants, and several methods that can be used to create a budget.  They will also receive an overview of basic credit card terminology.

Credit Card Essentials
Students will learn how to understand the fine print on credit card applications, and become responsible credit card users.  The will also learn the basics behind credit reports and scores, what impacts credit history, and how to maintain good credit.

Funding Your CSU Graduate Education
Students will learn about cost of attendance, how to apply for aid, types of financial aid available, and where to search for scholarships and institutional aid.  We will also discuss additional financial considerations that impact lifestyle and budget changes when planning for graduate school expenses.

Student Loans
Students will learn about the different types of student loans, where to find reliable information, interest rates, loan limits, how to estimate future loan payments, forbearance, deferment, and strategies for successful repayment.

For additional information or presentation requests please contact:

Sonya Adlersberg
Financial Literacy Coordinator


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