Plan for Financial Success

A budget helps you form good financial habits and develop an awareness of your spending. Budgeting is important because it reduces anxiety regarding finances and school, helps you meet short- and long-term financial goals, and develop a sense of control over your money.

Budgeting Guidelines

  1. First, list your net monthly income sources (work, student aid refund, family support)
  2. Next, calculate and list how much you need to put away for savings.
  3. Next, list your fixed expenses (costs that stay the same every month)
  4. List your variable expenses (costs that change every month)
  5. Add up your “net monthly income sources”, “savings”, “fixed and variable expenses”.
  6. Lastly, subtract your savings, fixed, and variable expenses from your total monthly income sources to determine if you need to reduce spending or can increase savings.

New to Budgeting? Try the Envelope Method!

Budgeting Worksheets and Calculators

Budgeting Tips

  • If you receive a student financial aid refund at the beginning of each term, try paying off your rent for that entire term.
  • Use cash, try to minimize using your debit card.

Budgeting Websites (apps available)

Be careful when you’re providing your private financial information online. Look for the “https” at the beginning of the site URL (the “S” stands for “secure”) and read the privacy notices.