Student Financial Literacy - CCSU

Office of Financial Literacy & Advising


Contact Information

Dr. Gladys Colón EdD
Financial Literacy Coordinator and Advisor
Willard-DiLoreto Hall W217

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Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Student Financial Literacy

We're Here to Help. 

The Office of Financial Literacy provides financial literacy education, guidance, and support to prospective and current CCSU students. Our workshops and resources cover a number of important issues students face as they make the transition to college life. Our purpose is to provide students the knowledge and support they need to successfully navigate the challenges that come along with financing an education, living on their own for the first time, managing the financial aid process, and paying their bills. Our resources are also designed to lay the groundwork for major decisions they will make upon graduation, such as managing student debt, graduate school and other important financial decisions.

Our main goal is to ensure each of our students earns the skills necessary to set a budget, track spending, pay off debt, and prepare for life after college. Financial literacy ensures students become self-sufficient and can achieve long term financial stability.

Throughout the year, the Office of Financial Literacy & Advising offers several on and off campus workshops designed to educate students on important topics, such as:

  • Completing the FAFSA
  • Financial aid, including scholarships, grants, student loans and parent loans
  • Understanding your loans, repayment options and interest rates
  • Maintaining a budget and money management
  • Credit Scores, credit reports and the credit bureaus
  • Opening and managing a bank account
  • How to finance study abroad

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I access the FAFSA?

Access the FAFSA  - available October 1st

Is there a fee to do the FAFSA?


How do I apply for a Federal Student Loan?

Complete your FAFSA to find out if you qualify for a Federal Student Loan.

What Options do I have to pay my CCSU Bill?

How do I know how much I have borrowed in student loans?

Log on to the National Student Loan Data System (this is the clearing house that keeps all your federal loan information)

Can I start paying back my loan off while in school?

Yes, no pre-payment penalties exists for paying off loan debt early

How do I look into scholarships?

Scholarships may be available in different ways. Speak to your High School guidance office if applicable. Learn more about Scholarships offered by CCSU

How much can I borrow?

Limits on Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans are determined by your academic year. Information about limits can be found at the Federal Student Aid website.