Financial Literacy Resources

What is Financial Literacy?

Financial literacy is the ability to understand and effectively use various financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, and investing. The meaning of financial literacy is the foundation of your relationship with money, and it is a lifelong journey of learning. The earlier you start, the better off you will be, because education is the key to success when it comes to money.

We know that everyone learns differently, so we have created video libraries, an article library, and a resource library so that you can learn more about financial literacy in the way that best suits you.

Financial Wellness Survey

As we roll out financial wellness we are interested in hearing from our students to know what they are interested in learning about and what their preferences are.  Please complete this brief Financial Wellness Survey to help us better identify how we can provide topics that you are most interested in.

Boost Your Financial Skills 

Cash Course is a web-based program that will help give you the skills and resources needed to make informed and effective financial decisions both during and after college. It is an excellent way to take control of your finances and other important matters critical to your success. There are components to assist with paying for college, career launching, and repaying educational loans. 

CashCourse powered by the nonprofit the Higher Education Financial Wellness Alliance (HEFWA), features an easy online platform with budgeting tools, resources, and money management advice.


To get started, create a new free CashCourse account by visiting


Scholarship Universe

Scholarship Universe is a tool to match you with outside scholarships that you can apply for.  When you log in to the CalArts Single Sign-On at, you can access the Scholarship Universe Application:

It is important for students to understand the importance of financial literacy. Understanding things such as budgeting, credit, debt, and taxes can be helpful for life beyond college and can help create positive financial patterns. 

Budgeting and Saving
Credit and Debt

We encourage all students to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if applicable in order to receive federal grants, federal work study, federal loan offers.  See the videos below information on different aspects of the FAFSA process, and information on repaying federal loans.

Loan Repayment