Financial Education Clearinghouse

Money Tips and Resources for College Students

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

You’ve graduated high school and are off to college. Now what? You have to manage your finances for the first time, find financial aid, and possibly take out a student loan.

Here are some links to resources to help you manage your finances while you are in college.

Financial Aid Options

There are many financial aid options out there. Financial aid is money to help pay for college or career school. Aid can come from the U.S. federal government, the state where you live,
the college you attend, or a nonprofit or private organization.

The Washington State Student Achievement Council is a great resource for information about the various financial aid options available to Washington students. View their website at

Student Loans Primer

If you are going to be taking out a loan to cover college costs, it's important to know about the different kind of loans out there.

On our website you'll find information about the different kind of loans and tips on how to shop around and get the best rates.

Guide to Managing Finances

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions’ free “Right on the Money” booklet is a guide to personal finance for college students.

Budgeting, debit, credit, checking, and savings are all discussed. As well as some pointers on how to keep your debt to a minimum. Order a free booklet today or view it online in PDF format.

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Debt Slapped Video

It's easy to take on a lot of debt while you're in school. Student loans, credit cards, and other debts can add up quickly.

Debt slapped is a video and informative website designed to help you avoid graduating with too much debt. Take some time to watch the video for tips and links to resources to help you avoid taking on too much debt.