Scholarships, Awards, and Financial Support

Financial Literacy Week

Invest in your financial future at Financial Literacy Week! Get the tips, tools, and resources required to better understand and manage your money. Attend free events, workshops, speaker sessions, and more!

For a full schedule of events throughout Financial Literacy Week, download our schedule.

Attend three or more events throughout Financial Literacy Week and be entered to win a $1000 tuition voucher or an iPad.


Events and Workshops

  • Monday, March 2

    Savings Tips for Your Trips
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Register » 
    Everybody loves vacation time! It’s time away from work with your favourite people, hopefully doing some of your favourite things. Vacations can be out of the country, out of your province, out of your city, and even at home. Holidays can add tremendous expense to a family budget if we’re not careful and we may even be tempted to put it on credit. However, there’s a better way! Join us to find out how to take vacations on a budget!

    Banking 101: It Just Makes Cents
    12 - 1:30 p.m. | Register » 
    Are you new to banking or new to Canada? Think you’re paying too much in banking fees? This session will help you understand how banking works, and help you choose the right bank account for your needs and how to reduce your account and transaction fees. 

    It’ll Cost You: Loans to Avoid
    2 - 3:30 p.m. | Register »
    Find out the true cost of borrowing! This session will focus on the true consequences of bad loans, including payday and pawn shop loans, as well as help you understand the real costs of using credit card cash advances.

    Money Personalities and ‘Habitudes’
    3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Register »
    This session will help attendees understand how they look at money. Attendees will begin to understand their money personalities and “habitudes” (habit and attitude) and discuss how that interacts with our budgeting methods and other financial behaviors.

    Settle Up Your Student Loans
    5 - 6 p.m. | Register »
    It’s time to start thinking about your student debt. Attend this Money Talks Workshop for guidance on how to start repaying your loans.

  • Tuesday, March 3

    Campus Food Bank Cooking Class
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Register »
    Hosted by the Campus Food Bank, Campus Kitchens offer various food skills, such as how to prepare quick, low-cost meals, in a judgement-free and social environment. Participants will practice their cooking skills, make new friends, and enjoy a free, warm meal. Be sure to bring a container to take home any leftovers!  

    Studying Abroad On A Budget
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Register »
    Going abroad may seem like it could break the bank, but there are many ways to go abroad on a budget! This workshop will give you helpful information on the different funding opportunities that you could take advantage of for your time abroad. Find out how you can make the most of the funding we offer! In this workshop we discuss university and external funding available to students who are interested in studying or working abroad!

    It’ll Cost You: Loans to Avoid
    12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. | Register »
    Find out the true cost of borrowing! This session will focus on the true consequences of bad loans, including payday and pawn shop loans, as well as help you understand the real costs of using credit card cash advances. 

    Give Yourself Some Credit: Building a Strong Credit History
    2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Register »
    We’ve all heard the terms “credit score” and “credit report”, but what do they really mean? Find out why your credit history matters and learn what steps you can take to build a strong credit score.

    Inconsistent Income? No Problem
    3:30 - 4:30 p.m.Register »
    Irregular income can come in many different forms including self-employment, contracting, casual work/hours, fluctuating hours, commissions, tips, and even bonuses. One of the major challenges with irregular income is the lack of predictability, making budgeting very difficult. It is very easy to get caught in a cycle of relying on credit to supplement lean months, which can lead into a downward spiral of credit and debt. It also requires discipline to not overspend when the income is high. Attend this session and learn how to manage irregular income!

    Scholarships 101: Applying for UAlberta Undergraduate Scholarships
    5 - 6 p.m. | Register »
    Are you wondering how to write a strong scholarship application? Our expert staff will walk you through the scholarship application process, providing you with all the information you need to make a strong application!

    Educated Wallet: Investing Under 40 for a Lifetime of Financial Security
    6 - 8 p.m. | Register »
    If you think investing is something done only by your parents or people in power suits, think again. No matter how much money you have, the best time to make a financial plan is before you turn 40. Don’t let the thought of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and portfolios intimidate and overwhelm you. Hear from millennial finance expert Bridget Casey, who shares how to harness the power of investing while you’re still young to maximize your returns later in life.

  • Wednesday, March 4

    Money Personalities and ‘Habitudes’
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Register »
    This session will help attendees understand how they look at money. Attendees will begin to understand their money personalities and “habitudes” (habit and attitude) and discuss how that interacts with our budgeting methods and other financial behaviors.

    Secure Your Side Hustle
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Register »
    Are you looking to maximize your budget? Have you trimmed your expenses as much as humanly possible? Remember that there are two sides to your budget – expenses and income. A side hustle is focusing on the income part of your budget and finding smart ways to meet your financial goals. It can be a perfectly legitimate way to earn some extra money.

    Give Yourself Some Credit: Building a Strong Credit History
    12 - 1:30 p.m. | Register »
    We’ve all heard the terms “credit score” and “credit report”, but what do they really mean? Find out why your credit history matters and learn what steps you can take to build a strong credit score. 

    The Smart Way to Save: RRSPs and TFSAs
    2 - 3:30 p.m. | Register »
    It’s never too early to start saving! This session will focus on the benefits of using RRSPs and TFSAs, whether or not you should use a TFSA or RRSP, or both! The session will also introduce you to the different kinds of RRSP and TFSA products. 

    Campus Food Bank Cooking Class
    5 - 7 p.m. | Register »
    Hosted by the Campus Food Bank, Campus Kitchens offer various food skills, such as how to prepare quick, low-cost meals, in a judgement-free and social environment. Participants will practice their cooking skills, make new friends, and enjoy a free, warm meal. Be sure to bring a container to take home any leftovers! 

  • Thursday, March 5

    Scholarships 101: Applying for UAlberta Undergraduate Scholarships
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Register »
    Are you wondering how to write a strong scholarship application? Our expert staff will walk you through the scholarship application process, providing you with all the information you need to make a strong application!

    Protect Yourself: Identify Theft and Fraud Prevention
    12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. | Register »
    Identity theft and fraud is a serious threat to all of us. Discover the steps you can take to increase your fraud and identity theft awareness, how to guard your financial information and how to protect your computer.

    Banking 101: It Just Makes Cents
    2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Register »
    Are you new to banking or new to Canada? Think you’re paying too much in banking fees? This session will help you understand how banking works, and help you choose the right bank account for your needs and how to reduce your account and transaction fees.

    Penne Pinching: How to Spend Less and Eat More
    3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Register »
    This session aims to enhance knowledge around food by addressing the common financial pitfall of meal costs. Through discussion and demonstration we will learn about meal costs, meal planning, and ways to save money on food. Attendees will also leave with a cookbook of cheap, versatile meals.

    Campus Food Bank Cooking Class
    5 - 7 p.m. | Register »
    Hosted by the Campus Food Bank, Campus Kitchens offer various food skills, such as how to prepare quick, low-cost meals, in a judgement-free and social environment. Participants will practice their cooking skills, make new friends, and enjoy a free, warm meal. Be sure to bring a container to take home any leftovers!

  • Friday, March 6

    Settle Up Your Student Loans
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Register »
    It’s time to start thinking about your student debt. Attend this Money Talks Workshop for guidance on how to start repaying your loans. 

    The Smart Way to Save: RRSPs and TFSAs
    12 - 1:30 p.m. | Register »
    It’s never too early to start saving! This session will focus on the benefits of using RRSPs and TFSAs, whether or not you should use a TFSA or RRSP, or both! The session will also introduce you to the different kinds of RRSP and TFSA products.

    Protect Yourself: Identify Theft and Fraud Prevention
    2 - 3:30 p.m. | Register »
    Identity theft and fraud is a serious threat to all of us. Discover the steps you can take to increase your fraud and identity theft awareness, how to guard your financial information and how to protect your computer.

Still have questions? Email sfsevents@ualberta.ca