Money Management

We want St. Kate's students to understand and develop personal financial management skills that contribute to purposeful life-long learning. To that end, we provide comprehensive information and resources designed to teach students the life skills of personal finance and money management.

CashCourse — The Real Life Online Money Guide

We are a CashCourse school! Sign in to with your St. Kate's email address to find free financial guides, courses, worksheets, financial calculators, and more. CashCourse offers financial guidance that you can use now and after graduation.

Peer Financial Counseling

St. Kate's peer money mentors are students specially trained in money matters by Lutheran Social Service Financial Counseling and Debt Management, Wells Fargo Bank, and various St. Kate's departments.

The peer money mentors help with

  • putting together a budget
  • finding scholarships
  • tracking government loans
  • free tax preparation resources
  • understanding and building credit
  • identity theft and fraud protection
  • saving strategies
  • managing debt and debt stress

Get their help by

  • visiting them whenever the lights are on and someone is in CdC 211
  • setting up an appointment through email or by calling 651-690-6815
  • attending one of their Money Doesn't Grow on Trees events or programs put on with groups around campus
  • requesting they present on a money management topic at your club, for your residence hall floor, in the classroom, at a senate meeting or other occasion (give at least two weeks' notice)

Money Doesn't Grow on Trees Speaker Series

In addition to personal financial counseling, we offer presentations and workshops that address financial topics relevant to students. This programming is made possible through the efforts of the peer money mentors, the wonderful guest speakers, and gift monies from outside resources.


Fall 2020 Speaker Series

Tuesday, September 15, 5–6:30 p.m.

Building strong credit is important, but it can be challenging if you’re a Muslim American. Islamic traditions have tenets about borrowing money and paying interest. Join us to learn how credit works, how Islam views lending, and how to build a better credit score!

Join Building Credit as a Muslim American

Thursday, October 8, 4–5:15 p.m.

Tuition, books, technology, room and board make college very expensive. Additionally, you’re growing as a person during your collegiate years. Discover your “financial personality,” choose a budgeting method that works for you, and learn ways to save as a college student, all while blossoming as a person! 

Join Living and Blossoming on a College Budget

Thursday, October 22, 11:55 a.m.–1:05 p.m. and 4–5:15 p.m.

Scholarships are free money! Learn how to effectively search for, apply to, and win scholarships for yourself from the comfort of home or your dorm room. Gift cards for spaghetti from Davanni’s awarded to three students at each program! 

Join the 11:55 a.m. Scholarships and Spaghetti

Join the 4 p.m. Scholarships and Spaghetti

Monday, November 9, 4–5:30 p.m. 

Our team, along with a panel of young professionals currently “adulting,” will talk about the importance of understanding job benefits, their earnings, saving for retirement, making student loan payments, affordable housing, transportation costs, miscellaneous expenses, and how to creatively budget for it all, so that you’re making the most of what you earn! 

Join Making the Most of Your Earnings

Thursday, November 12, 11:55 a.m.–1:05 p.m.

Science has proven that spending doesn’t create happiness. We’ll cover what does and how to apply it to the holiday season. This program comes to campus from Lutheran Social Services’ Financial Counseling. An email to you will provide the link. 

Virtual webinar with link will be sent via email.

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 11:55 a.m.–1:05 p.m.

Discover what may be causing you a less satisfying life by exploring Minimalist values, and learn how to “cut the clutter” in your life and finances. This webinar is from Lutheran Social Services’ Financial Counseling. An email to you will provide the link. 

Virtual webinar with link will be sent via email.

Tuesday, December 1, 4–5:15 p.m. and Thursday, December 3, 11:55 a.m.–1:05 p.m.

Learn all about the numerous loan repayment options, discover what is expected of you upon graduation, review how monthly payments may look and find out if loan forgiveness is in your future. 

Join the December 1 Student Loan Repayment Info Session

Join the December 3 Student Loan Repayment Info Sessions

Educational Loan and Scholarship Resources

Take advantage of these online resources for managing your finances.

Professional Financial Counseling

If you or your family are experiencing complicated budgeting, debt and financial issues, have been the victims of identity theft, or you prefer to work with an outside professional rather than a peer, contact Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Financial Counseling of Minnesota. As a Katie, you are eligible for six free and confidential appointments through a grant with our office. To schedule a time call 1-888-577-2227 and tell the scheduler that you're a St. Catherine University student looking for an appointment with counselor Mei Lin .

If you earn less than $35,000 as an individual or $65,000 as a family and you would like ongoing free off-campus financial coaching, consider Prepare + Prosper's Money Mentors.