Student Financial Wellness

Aside from managing your academic life, part of the challenge of being a student is learning how to manage your expenses and how to borrow and use credit wisely. We believe building basic money management skills now provides a solid foundation for a lifetime of financial success.

Successful Start

The goal of the successful Start program is to ensure that Boston College's students are financially literate for their lifetime by offering a series of workshops and seminars, led by Boston College employees and expert guest speakers, related to all aspects of personal financial management.

Questions? Comments? Contact Successful Start at successfulstart@bc.edu. Like Boston College Successful Start on Facebook, and don't forget to follow us on Twitter!

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Fall 2022
 

Date Workshop/Event Time Location
September 13 Financial Planning 101 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Virtual (RSVP here)
September 19–October 24 Winter Clothing Drive N/A Drop-off bins available in Lyons Hall Lobby, Maloney 413 (accessible 9 a.m.–5 p.m.), and Cadigan Hall on Lake Street
September 27 Investment Planning Basics 4 p.m.–5 p.m. McGuinn Hall 030 (RSVP here)
October 4 Evaluating a Job Offer & the Art of Negotiation by Julianne Smith 4 p.m.–5 p.m. Virtual (RSVP here)
Successful Start, BC's financial wellness program, is hosting its annual winter clothing drive from September 19 to October 24. Requested items include jackets, coats, sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, and mittens. Clothing can be new or gently used. All items must be cleaned prior to donating. Clothing can be dropped off in the first floor lobby of Lyons Hall, Maloney Hall 413 (accessible 9 a.m.–5 p.m.), and Cadigan Hall on Lake Street. If you would like to purchase items online and have them sent to us directly, they can be shipped to: Marsia Hill, Boston College, Office of Student Services, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Lyons Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. Please note: the Office of Student Services is open to receive deliveries Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. only. Sponsored by Successful Start—BC's Financial Literacy Program through the Office of Student Services.

Learn about Money Management

Want to learn about money management in a one-on-one setting? Connect with a Money Mentor! Successful Start offers Money Mentors who can help you establish a budget, learn about credit, and set realistic savings goals. Mentors receive training in personal finance and then meet with students to provide individualized coaching. Interested? Send an e-mail to money.mentors@bc.edu or fill out a Mentee Questionnaire below to be matched with a mentor.

Teach Money Management

Students

If you would like to help others with money management, fill out the student application below to become a Peer Money Mentor.

 


Staff

If you would like to help others with money management, fill out the staff application below to become a Peer Money Mentor.

 


A budget can be an incredibly important resource in building stable financial habits. It can help you determine your financial resources by helping you pay attention to your monthly income and to decide ahead of time how you will spend it.

Creating a budget can help you reduce or eliminate unnecessary expenditures as you keep track of all of your expenses. This will allow you to determine the lifestyle that is most appropriate for you. Budgets are helpful for everyone, regardless of age or income. They allow you to achieve your financial goals and know exactly where you stand in terms of your finances.

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It is hard to gauge how much money we are really spending per year and how much we are failing to save without a budget. With the availability of debit cards, we use less and less material cash, making it hard to notice when we are spending excessive amounts of money. With online banking, we can see how much money is going out and how much money we are putting into specific accounts.

Saving can make a huge difference in the way you see your money, your work, and your life. Starting to save today will make a big difference in the quality of life you have in the future.

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When you use credit, you are borrowing money. A lender gives you cash now to make a purchase, and you agree to repay that amount over time, with interest rates and sometimes fees also applied to the borrowed amount.

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