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.


Spring 2020 Speaker Series

11:15am–1:15pm, CDC 2nd Floor Atrium

Get your tax refund! We have easy-to-understand information regarding free tax preparation resources and general filing guidelines. Stop by our table, pick up a brochure, sign up to win a piggy bank, and have Twizzlers candy on us!

Monday, Feb. 17, 4:30–5:45 pm, CDC 361
Thursday, May 7, 11:45am–1pm, CDC 210

Learn the various loan repayment options, discover what is expected of you upon graduation, and find out if loan forgiveness is in your future. Pat Pierce, St. Kate’s resident guru, will cover it all while you munch on pizza and salad!

Thursday, Feb. 27, 11:45am–1pm, CDC 370

For those of you currently contributing money towards the household bills, as well as those of you who will be in the future. Make sure you understand how to manage the finances via a workable budget. Financial counselors and free lunch provided at this useful workshop.

April 1–30, Online Assessment

We want to know your concerns about money and how our office can best assist you. Take our quick 10-minute survey by midnight on April 30 for a chance to win one of fifty $20 Gift Cards to our favorite eateries - Panera, Jimmy John’s, and Davanni’s!

Thursday, April 2, 11:45am–1pm, President’s Dining Room

Negotiating your salary and raises are important to your wallet, as is understanding the cultural influences that affect work environments. Be as successful as possible - learn from our team of guest presenters who are diversity and inclusion professionals. Lunch provided!

Thursday, April 30, 11:45am–1pm, CDC Ballroom

Enjoy lunch on us while learning the “adulting” processes of apartment rental, landing your first professional job, figuring out benefits packages, transportation options, and more from a panel of young professionals who are happy to guide you into post college life.

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 debt and financial issues, contact Lutheran Social Service (LSS) Financial Counseling or Family Means Financial Solutions. The first appointment is free. Schedule time with LSS by calling 1-888-577-2227 or with Family Means by calling 1-800-327-3203.

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.