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 2021 Online Workshops

Unraveling the Mysteries of Credit (October 7)
What is a FICO score, and why does it matter?  What affects my credit score?  What are strategies to build a positive credit history?  Learn this and other credit card information every student should know.

What You Should Know About Student Loans (October 11)
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.

Building a Financial Plan for College (October 20)
Paying for college can be challenging.  It’s important to be prepared and develop a plan that examines your college expenses and the resources you will use to pay for them. 

Saving to Meet Your Goals (October 28)
What are important savings goals for you?  Although saving is a very personal decision, there are well-established rules of thumb that can help you build a strong financial future.

Managing Your Money for Your Best Life (November 9)
How you allocate your earnings and income throughout your life can impact your future.  It’s never too early to start building a financial plan for emergency savings, long-term goals, and retirement.

Avoid Going Broke this Holiday Season (November 22)
Collect tips and strategies to save money and avoid emptying your wallet this holiday season.

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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