Now is the time to learn the money management skills you will use during and after college. The Office of Financial Literacy provides programs and services that help you manage your finances, make today’s money decisions, and prepare for your future!


Build Your Budget

Maintaining a monthly budget is crucial when it comes to taking control of your money and building wealth over time. The “Orange Budget” gives you the ability to start planning with some simple steps. Visit the instruction page to download the tool and start budgeting today!


Life Skills

USAFunds Life Skills is an online, self-directed financial literacy program that provides financial information, tips, and skills needed for financial success. Available 24/7, the interactive format offers content relevant to your everyday life while helping you understand and control your finances.


*Use these codes when logging in to Life Skills for the first time:

  • School Code 00288200
  • Student Access Code 00288200-01


One-On-One Counseling

Email us to request a one-on-one personal financial counseling session on budgeting, savings strategies, financial career planning, and loan counseling.


Financial Literacy Presentations

Presentations are offered for groups of students, by request, on important financial topics including spending, earning, protecting against risk, borrowing, and saving & investing. To learn more and schedule a session, visit the request page.


Money Awareness Program (M.A.P.)

M.A.P.’s goal is to enhance the Syracuse University experience by replacing loan debt with grant funding for eligible students who have borrowed federal and/or alternative student loans. There is no application as eligibility is determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs. M.A.P. is a three-part program:

      • Replace student loans with grant.
      • Require each participating student to complete a financial literacy session once a semester to assist the student in understanding credit and basic financial management skills.
      • Students must sign a M.A.P. contract stating their commitment to lowering student loan borrowing. The contract also encourages students to find alternative sources of financial aid such as scholarships.

M.A.P. will support students until graduation, provided they continue to fulfill the financial literacy requirement and register for 12 credit hours each semester.


About the Office of Financial Literacy

The Office of Financial Literacy is a division of the Office Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs at Syracuse University. Financial literacy programs and initiatives at Syracuse date back to 2009, and were officially reorganized and expanded in 2016 through the creation of the Office of Financial Literacy. The mission of the office is to provide a campus-wide, holistic service to Syracuse University students that increases financial knowledge, and promotes positive money management behavior before, during, and after college.