Helpful Resources for College Students

College students who may be managing their finances for the first time or those who have managed money but are looking to brush up on good habits should review the following resources.

Saving, Budgeting, and Credit

  • Finding it difficult to hold onto cash until the end of the month? Ever wonder Where Does My Money Go? Learn more about savings, spending, and budgeting through an interactive budgeting guide powered by the Purdue Extension Office.
  • Students may choose to lower miscellaneous expenses by using any combination of these Money-Saving Strategies.
  • is a financial literacy website created with you in mind. With free savings tips, downloadable podcasts, and an interactive guide that can help curve or break spending habits, can help students get into the saving mind set.
  • The information provided by CashCourse will help you make informed financial decisions throughout your college years and into your professional life.
  • Big Banks, Big Fees: Why Credit Unions Save Cash is a blog article published by The article reviews facts and figures to show the difference between big banks and credit unions.

  • The Simple Dollar - Best Student Credit Cards is a guide put together by the team at The Simple Dollar to help students learn to use credit cards responsibly.

Financial Aid

  • College Scorecards in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center make it easier for you to search for a college that is a good fit for you. You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.
  • Financial Awareness Counseling provides tools and information to help you understand your financial aid and assist you in managing your finances.
  • is a student's guide to financial aid.  
  • Students and parents can use to learn about completing, submitting, and maximizing college financial aid, and to explore publicly and privately funded options.


  • Throughout their college career, many college students may find themselves in need of some legal assistance whether it be landlord disputes, issues with their university or college, or other lawful matters. Here, Avvo provides How to Find a Lawyer, a resource dedicated to help college students find the legal help they need.
  • Khan Academy’s library contains over 3,500 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, history and hundreds of different skills practiced that help the audience learn what they want, when they want, at their own pace. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

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