Money Management

Student loan borrowing is on the rise.  Thirty-nine percent of student borrowers now graduate with “unmanageable” levels of debt, meaning their monthly payments total more than eight percent their monthly incomes, according to a 2002 report by the State PIRG’s Higher Education Project (

The number of undergraduate college students with credit cards continues to increase.  A 2001 study conducted by Nellie Mae indicated that from the time undergraduates arrive on campus until graduation, they double their average credit card debt while tripling the number of credit cards in their possession.

The Nellie Mae study also revealed that a main reason why students amass high debt levels is a lack of knowledge in managing their finances correctly.

The following links are provided to assist CFCC students improve their financial literacy.  Learning how to manage your finances is a crucial part of “growing up”.  From budgeting to saving, make your money work for you.  Learn how to use credit wisely and gain control of your financial future!

Financial Literacy: Responsible Borrowing (online calculators)

Money Management Articles

10 Money Management Tips For College Grads Featured Article in The San Francisco Chronicle, May 2008

How much can you responsibly borrow?  Featured Article in Financial Aid News,

September 2006

Five Things your College Student Should Know about Managing Debt.  Written by columnist Amy Hoak, September 2006

Important Dates

Spring 2017

  • January 3-- Students may begin charging in the bookstore
  • January 5 -- Classes Begin- Full Semester and 1st Mini Session
  • January 16 -- Closed Holiday
  • February 3 -- Last day to charge books
  • February 22 -- Financial Aid checks mailed (all first mini and first half of full session loans)
  • March 6 -- Students may begin charging books for 2nd mini session
  • March 6 -- Classes begin - 2nd mini session
  • March 17 -- Last day to charge books for the 2nd mini session
  • March 24 -- Financial Aid checks mailed for 2nd disbursement of Spring only Full Session Loans
  • April 7 -- Financial Aid checks mailed -- 2nd mini session
  • April 14 -- Financial Aid checks mailed for 2nd disbursement of Spring 2nd mini session only loans

The 2016-17 Scholarship Application and Award period will be from July 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017


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