MoneyWise 101

Designed for MoneyWise students or those who want a refresher. MoneyWise 101 provides students a guide to the basic and essential elements of understanding ways to manage finances.

Step one

Complete Financial Awareness Counseling at

If you have completed Financial Awareness Counseling in the past, doing so again will be helpful to review updated repayment estimates for your loans.

Even if you have not borrowed student loans to date the information about loans, budgeting, and other money management information is helpful. 

  • Log in at This counseling includes five steps:
    1. Understand your loans:  Your NSLDS student loan records will be imported into the counseling. You will need to add any future federal loan disbursements and information about any loans not included in NSLDS.
    2. Manage your spending: Uses your current in-school expenses and funds.
    3. Plan to repay: Uses information based on your anticipated post-graduation income and expenses.
    4. Avoid default.
    5. Make finances a priority.

Completing task 1 without logging on

If you have concerns about entering your personal information into this government website, you may complete the Financial Awareness Counseling without logging in.

Step Two

Register or log in as a student at to fully use budgeting basics, 3 tips for finding a part-time job, and top 10 ways to protect your identity.

Budgeting Basics

  • Click on the name to begin. 
  • Starts with a short quiz to test  your knowledge, moves through slides that discuss the topic, and ends with an action plan and a short post-test to test how much you've learned.

3 Tips for Finding a Part-Time Job

Information about employment opportunities and access to Handshake is available from the Office of Student Employment.

Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Identity

  • Click on the name to read the article.
  • Be sure to review the FTC information following tip #10. We encourage you to carefully review the information about tax-related identity theft and medical identity theft information provided from the FTC.
  • Also consider reviewing Handling Lost IDs and Credit Cards.