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bc's financial literacy program

Successful Start Winter Clothing Drive

On behalf of Successful Start, Boston College's ​F​inancial ​Li​teracy P​rogram, we would like to invite you to participate in our fourth annual Clothing Drive. From October 1–25 there will be collection bins in the lobby of Lyons Hall for people to donate New and Gently used coats, sweaters, ​scarves, gloves, hats, ​etc. for Boston College students. These items will be offered to those students at Boston College who would not otherwise be able to afford them as well as our international students. The last three years have been such a tremendous success. We would love to keep the tradition going this year! This is a great opportunity to give back to the Boston College community!

Upcoming Workshops

Student Loan Debt
Thursday, October 16, 3:00 p.m.
Chocolate Bar

Stop by the Chocolate Bar and have the Successful Start HELP! Desk answer your questions about student loan repayment. We will have cookies to go with your coffee!

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Finance 101
Thursday, October 23, 4:30 p.m.
Devlin Hall 010

Mark Porter, your very own financial planner from Northeast Planning, will present on everything you need to know about finances!

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Backpack to Briefcase: Evaluating a Job Offer and the Art of Negotiation
Monday, November 3, 5:15 p.m.

Join us for our second Successful Start HELP! Desk. Stop by with your questions on how to evaluate job offers and the art of negotiation.

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$uccessful Start was featured in the September 2012 issue of the Office of Graduate Student Life newsletter. Read how we can help you make wise financial decisions!

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Prospective Students

Welcome to Boston College! $uccessful Start is just one of the many resources Boston College has to offer students. We offer a variety of workshops to prepare you for a successful present and future. For additional support regarding finances fill out an interest form and meet with one of our Peer Money Mentors during the semester.

College is the perfect time to create healthy financial habits that will last a lifetime. At $uccessful Start we believe that a budget is the base of financial health.

Ten Steps to Making a Financial Budget

Current Students

This is a great time to reevaluate your past year and plan for an even better one in the fall. One of the best goals to make is saving for an emergency fund. If you save your summer earnings today you will have funds for a rainy day later.

6 Steps to Starting an Emergency Fund


Sending a child off to college is a very rewarding time as a parent. As a parent you have the opportunity to assist your child’s growth, and development. Many students continue to seek out guidance regarding personal finance and money management. With your advice and assistance your college student can begin to develop health personal finance habits.

Teaching A College Student about Money Management and Identity Protection

Teaching Your College-Age Child about Money

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