Financial Wellness

As you embark on your college journey, it’s important to understand how money really ‘works.’ Now is a great time to learn about making money, managing money, saving money – and how to make informed decisions about money.

The information and resources below can help you get started on your pathway to financial literacy.


When you’re in college, it can feel like money is always tight. To help you take charge of your finances, the California Community Colleges system offers a free tool called CashCourse. This website can assist you in managing your money, and understanding the implications of taking out a loan to pay for college. If a loan is necessary to make your higher education dreams a reality, the tool can also guide you in developing a responsible plan for repayment.

CashCourse is an online financial education tool created by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), the financial literacy partner of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. CashCourse is completely free to students, educators, and colleges.

To visit the CashCourse website, CLICK HERE. If this is your first time visiting CashCourse, please remember to select your college from the pull-down menu when completing your registration, so when you log in next time, you can access information specific to your college.

The information and resources offered on the CashCourse website include the following:

Learn How to Setup a Budget

A budget is a spending plan that keeps you on track to reach your financial goals like saving for a car, covering living expenses, or transferring to a 4 year university and can help make your money last until the end of the month or semester. Use the CashCourse Budget Wizard to learn step-by-step how to make a budget, then track your income and expenses with the interactive tool.

Get Answers to your Questions

See what other students are asking, and get answers to your money questions by visiting CashCourse.

Take Quizzes and Courses

How much do you know about saving and spending? The five-question quizzes from CashCourse will test your knowledge and give you insight on topics the you can explore on the CashCourse website.  For a more in-depth tutorial on things like budgeting, credit, and paying for school, use the online course to learn skills that will help you throughout college.

To view the quizzes, please log into CashCourse and then visit the Financial Tools section.

Watch Videos

CashCourse also offers a variety of informational videos, on topics such as “Budgeting Basics,” “How to be Credit Savvy” and “Investing in Your Future.” To view the videos, log into the CashCourse website, and then click on Financial Tools.

Learn How to Pay for College

For more information on the complete cost of college, and ways to reduce your expenses, please visit the Paying for Education section of the CashCourse website.

California Community Colleges on CashCourse

Find a coullege near you that offers CashCourse

If you attend (or are planning to attend) one of these colleges, you will be able to select them from the pull-down menu when registering on the CashCourse website. If your college is not listed, you can still register as a student user, but not select a specific college.

Note to Colleges: Do you need to activate your school profile? Please email CashCourse Help, at, to request your login and get set up!

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