Bears for Financial Success

BEAR$ for Financial Success

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. Connect with us through our student-run blog and on Facebook!

**All Services Will be Provided Virtually for the Fall Semester**

One-On-One Appointments

Meet with a financial wellness peer educator via Zoom to help you understand your personal finances. Once you schedule an appointment online, we will send you a calendar invitation with the virtual meeting information. Peers can answer basic money management questions and help you create a personal spending plan.




Virtual Drop-in hours for fall 2021 (no appointment needed):

Mondays 11am-3pm: Click here to join

Wednesdays 2:30pm-4:30pm: Click here to join


If you’d like to schedule a virtual presentation for a student group, please do so here. If you’d like to ask a quick question that does not require an appointment, please email us at Please note that we do not do financial aid counseling.


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 is the most important steps in a road to financial success and good practice. It will allow you to effectively manage your finances and determine where to best spend your money.

Managing Debt

Managing Debt can be difficult, and often a financial burden that can become stressful. However, there are effective ways to keep track and get rid of debt. In addition, learn about good debt vs. bad debt.

Saving Money

Get details on saving options and why it’s important to “pay yourself first.” Saving is an important part of good personal finance practice and an important part of successfully meeting your short-term and long-term goals!

Understanding Credit

Understanding Credit can be difficult and is often an area in personal finance that carries a variety of myths. Building good credit can increase your purchasing power and 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. Learn about ways to protect your identity, and the steps required to take in the event of an identity theft.

Other Resources

Meet Our Team

Peer Educators:

Andrea Vazquez, Darren Chow, Emma Wang, Diego Corona-Munoz, Shreyas Hariharan, Brandy Hoang, Jessica Wu, Braulio Hernandez, and Yazmin Renteria.


Claudia Villicaña, Financial Wellness and Outreach Manager