Between academic responsibilities, extracurriculars, and social gatherings, it can be tough to find time to learn about finances and money management. It is important to make informed financial decisions now in order to prepare for a better financial future. See below for resources related to navigating educational and personal finances.
Financial Literacy For Redhawks
Financial Literacy for Redhawks
This presentation covers information about student loans, credit cards, credit scores, taxes, and budgeting.
Finances and Education
Tuition and Costs
- Tuition costs may increase each year, and there are often other costs associated with education. Check out the Student Financial Services Cost page for more information.
FAFSA & WAFSA
- Check out the Student Persistence Scholarships page for more information on finding external scholarships.
- Seattle U's Office of Multicultural Affairs has information on emergency financial assistance and other scholarships.
Food on a Limited Budget
- Check out some strategies geared specifically towards college students at thekitchn and Real Simple.
Housing on a Limited Budget
- Housing costs can often be the largest part of a budget. Learn some strategies for finding housing through Money Crashers.
Parent and Family Information
- Information about what parents and families are asked to provide on the FAFSA can be found at Federal Student Aid
Personal Finance Basics
CashCourse is a free online financial education tool for students. CashCourse includes self-guided assignments, customizable financial tools, a personal dashboard to track your progress, articles and resources on many topics, and a guide to real-life money questions, and more. See more on specific topics below.
- Starting a budget from scratch can seem overwhelming but is a vital step to maintaining financial wellness. Federal Student Aid has put together a budgeting overview and guide to creating your budget to help you get started.
- Different banks provide many different types of services and it is important to make informed decisions about which bank to choose. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has put together extensive informational resources to help you learn all about banks.
- Building credit and making good decisions about credit cards is essential to ensuring your financial future. Check out the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau's resources on credit cards and credit scores.
- Information on tax benefits for students can be found on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator's website.
- Many students may receive a 1098-T form from the university. Student Financial Services has put together a 1098-T Guide on how to read the form.
- United Way of King County offers free tax preparation to households that make under $66,000 a year. Check out their website for locations and other useful information.
Tips from Current Students
Check out this student-created Google Doc guide to surviving college on a budget: Being Not-Rich at UM. Although the guide is not specific to Seattle University, the principles or tips may apply.
Check the Financial Literacy Videos for SU students about how to be successful at Seattle U.