Financial Literacy

As you embark on your college journey, it’s important to understand how money really ‘works.’ Now is a great time to learn about making money, managing money, saving money – and how to make informed decisions about money.

The information and resources below can help you get started on your pathway to financial literacy.


When you’re in college, it can feel like money is always tight. To help you take charge of your finances, the California Community Colleges system offers a free tool called CashCourse. This website can assist you in managing your money, and understanding the implications of taking out a loan to pay for college. If a loan is necessary to make your higher education dreams a reality, the tool can also guide you in developing a responsible plan for repayment.

CashCourse is an online financial education tool created by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), the financial literacy partner of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. CashCourse is completely free to students, educators, and colleges.

To visit the CashCourse website, CLICK HERE. If this is your first time visiting CashCourse, please remember to select your college from the pull-down menu when completing your registration, so when you log in next time, you can access information specific to your college.

The information and resources offered on the CashCourse website include the following:


How much do you know about saving and spending? The five-question quizzes from CashCourse will test your knowledge and show you topics that you can keep exploring on the CashCourse website.

To view the quizzes, please log into CashCourse and then visit the Financial Tools section.


CashCourse also offers a variety of informational videos, on topics such as “Budgeting Basics,” “How to be Credit Savvy” and “Investing in Your Future.” To view the videos, log into the CashCourse website, and then click on Financial Tools.

Paying for College

For more information on the complete cost of college, and ways to reduce your expenses, please visit the Paying for Education section of the CashCourse website.

California Community Colleges on CashCourse

The following California community colleges are currently active on CashCourse. If you attend (or are planning to attend) one of these colleges, you will be able to select them from the pull-down menu when registering on the CashCourse website. If your college is not listed, you can still register as a student user, but not select a specific college.

American River College
Antelope Valley College
Bakersfield College
Barstow College
Cabrillo College
Cañada College
Cerritos College
Cerro Coso Community College
Chaffey College
Citrus College
Clovis Community College Center
Coastline Community College
College of Alameda
College of San Mateo
College of the Canyons
College of the Desert
College of the Redwoods
College of the Sequoias
College of the Siskiyous
Columbia College
Contra Costa College
Copper Mountain College
Cosumnes River College
Crafton Hills College
Cypress College
Cuesta College
Cuyamaca College
DeAnza College
Diablo Valley College
East Los Angeles College
Evergreen College
Feather River College
Folsom Lake College
Foothill College
Fullerton College
Gavilan College
Glendale Community College
Hartnell College
Imperial Valley College
Laney College
Las Positas College
Lassen College
Long Beach City College
Los Angeles Harbor College
Los Angeles Mission College
Los Angeles Pierce College
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
Los Angeles Valley College
Los Medanos College
Mendocino College
Merced College
Merritt College
MiraCosta College
Modesto Junior College
Moorpark College
Moreno Valley College
Mt. San Antonio College
Mt. San Jacinto College
Napa Valley College
Norco College
Ohlone College
Oxnard College
Palo Verde College
Pasadena College
Porterville College
Rio Hondo College
Riverside City College
Sacramento City College
Saddleback College
San Bernardino Valley College
San Diego Mesa College
San Joaquin Delta College
San Jose City College
Santa Ana College
Santa Monica College
Santa Rosa Junior College
Santiago Canyon College
Shasta College
Sierra College
Skyline College
Solano Community College
Southwestern College
Taft College
Ventura College
West Hills College Coalinga
West Hills College Lemoore
West Los Angeles College
West Valley College
Woodland Community College

Note to Colleges: Do you need to activate your school profile? Please email CashCourse Help, at, to request your login and get set up!

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