Schedule an Appointment with a Peer Educator

Need help with organizing your finances? The University of Illinois Extension Financial Wellness program aims to help college students learn to manage money effectively and make wise financial decisions. Financial Wellness Peer Educators are trained volunteers to help students who want help with money management or financial related questions. It is FREE to meet with a Peer Educator. Peer Educators can help with: managing spending, organizing finances, increasing savings, goal setting/planning, credit/debit card questions, credit reports, student loans, and more!

Schedule a FREE appointment with a Peer Educator:

Stay connected!

Kick off the fall semester by connecting with Cultivating Currency’s campus partners on social media and online. Follow, like, and bookmark these units to learn about events, tips, tools, and more to help you navigate your finances:


Looking for more financial information? Check out, an engaging and comprehensive resource developed as a collaboration between the Council of Graduate Schools and TIAA-CREF.

In addition to highlighting trends and developments in topics related to student finances, such as student debt and taxation issues, GradSense features a host of useful tools and infographics. Use these resources to understand what your degree may be worth, how long it may take to repay your student loan, or what salaries you can expect to earn from different careers.


GradSense recently underwent a facelift, so you’ll easily find relevant articles and links highlighted on the homepage. You’ll also find resources from their university partners on the homepage, which includes the University of Illinois.

Take some time to explore GradSense and see what it has to offer!

Written by Laura Spradlin, Graduate College

Spotlight on Library Resources

In seeking to improve your financial knowledge, don’t forget about the University of Illinois Library’s resources. Subject experts and print and e-resources can aid your understanding and help you make more informed decisions when it comes to your personal finances.

The Library has many ebooks and books in print that can provide guidance on borrowing, earning, protecting, saving & investing, and spending. Watch for more “Spotlight on Library Resources” posts, in which we’ll feature a particular e-resource that falls into one of these categories.

Be sure to visit the Library’s resource guide, or LibGuide, on financial literacy. It has useful web tools, introductory and reference resources on personal finance, and sources by specific subject area.

Search or browse BIS (Business Information Services) Fast Answers if you want to find finance articles, or need clarification about types of investments, for example. There is a Finance category for these Frequently Asked Questions.

Finally, don’t forget about the BIS Subject Specialists, librarians who have subject expertise in personal finance, if you are struggling with a particular question

Written by Heidi Johnson, University of Illinois Library