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Welcome to CBU's new Financial Fitness Program! This program is desgined to help you become financially aware and responsible while you are in college, as well as prepare you to be financially prepared for life after college. This page will be updated regularly to include the most relevant content to provide you with all the resources you need. We want to help you whip your finances into shape and keep them healthy! Be sure to check this page often!
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Need help creating a budget to help you stay financially responsible while you are in school? Click here to learn how to keep track of your income and expenses, save for your goals, and adjust your budget as your life changes.
Seasonal Budgeting: Different life events and seasons call for different forms of budgeting. This guide will help you navigate budgeting through the holidays, back to school, and different kinds of travel!
Money Saving Tips
There are several websites, articles, and videos out there to help you develop good money saving habits. Here is an updated list to help you discover new tricks and ideas:
Dorm Room Essentials Under $30: Whether you are moving into a dorm room for your first year at college or you are moving into an apartment for your last year, you will need to make some purchases. The University Network created this list that will help you find the cheapest, but efficient and necessary, essentials for your new space!
Ways to Save on Clothes: All students will need to go clothes shopping at some point during the year, and these tips from iGrad will help you get the most for your money.
Getting Out Of Debt: Many students find themselves facing debt not only after school but during as well. Both student loans and credit card debt can seem insurmountable, so it is important to know your rights as a consumer as well as how to get out of debt.
Money Management Tips: Here is a simple but useful collection of money management tips that can really help you succeed financially.
College on a Budget: Use this resource for a collection of strategies and programs that can help you save money on healthcare, housing, utilities, and more!
Money Saving App: This app will help you save daily for whatever your goal is, whether that is concert tickets, a rainy day fund, a vacation, paying off credit cards, or whatever you have as a goal.
We all come to a point in our lives where we need to make a big purchase or set up a payment plan for something. Whether it is a new car, an apartment, student loans, or something similar, these purchases make you wonder how it will affect your income/expenses. Here are some income and expense calculators that can help you understand your finances a bit better, as well as help you solidify your budget:
Student Loan Affordability Calculator: This calculator will help you to determine if your current or future career can support your student loan debt. It will help you become more aware of how much you have borrowed and help you decide how much you should borrow in the future.
Emergency Fund Calculator: Unexpected expenses can come every so often and you'll want to be prepared. Whether it is a car or home repair, sudden job loss, medical expenses, or something similar, this calculator can determine how much you should be saving for emergencies.
The 2019-2020 FAFSA is now available for you to fill out! Complete yours as soon as possible so that you don't miss any deadlines. Head over to FAFSA.gov and complete yours today!