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One-On-One Appointments 
**Our office will be closed Monday, December 3rd - Tuesday, January 22nd for winter break**

Sit down with a financial wellness peer mentor to help you understand your personal finances. Peer mentors can answer basic money management questions and help you create a personal spending plan. 

If you'd like to schedule an appointment, please do so here

Walk in hours for the fall 2018 semester are:

Monday - Thursday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. 


Who Are We?

We are a peer-to-peer financial wellness program housed in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at UC Berkeley. We offer workshops and one-on-one appointments to help students manage their personal finances in college and beyond.

Our Mission

For many college students, money can be an extremely important and sometimes stressful topic. We know that understanding how to manage your money is an important part of your success as a student and as a UC Berkeley alum. Our mission is to give all Berkeley students the tools and resources that will empower them to make informed financial decisions now and in the future. 

Six Steps Toward Financial Success:

Creating a Spending Plan

Creating and following a spending plan will allow you to effectively manage your finances and determine where to best spend your money.

Managing Debt

Learn borrowing tips and find out why not all debt is bad debt.

Saving Money

Get details on saving options and why it's important to "pay yourself first."

Understanding Credit

Understanding and establishing good credit now will benefit you greatly in the future.

Understanding Credit Cards

Before applying for a credit card, consider the advantages and disadvantages of using one and be sure to understand the fine print.

Identity Theft

Identity theft is a widespread problem that could have serious consequences for your financial health and credit history.

Other Resources

Resources for graduate students: GradSense, Access Group

Get help with taxes through the Berkeley Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Meet Our Team

Peer Educators:

Andrea Vazquez, Darren Chow, Emma Wang, Francisco Gomez, Jenny Mo, Liting Chen, Willy Ju, Yair Coronel, and Yazmin Renteria. 


Claudia Villicaña, Financial Wellness and Outreach Manager