What is Financial Literacy @ UAA?

UAA wants you to be in charge of your finances! The $avvy $eawolf - Financial Literacy @ UAA initiative, part of UAA's Office of Student Financial Assistance, promotes and supports responsible and healthy financial behaviors and decisions among our UAA students and throughout the UAA community. Through a series of workshops, events, and one-on-one counseling, our goal is to help you become more savvy with your finances and make smarter choices with your money, ultimately turning you into a $avvy $eawolf! 

Check out this site for tons of financial tips, information and upcoming events, as well as how you can get more involved.


Ways of Stretching Your Dollar, and how and why creating a budget can help!


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly sides of credit, why it's important, and how to improve yours!


Step into The Loan Zone and learn all the ins, outs, ups and downs of student loans!

$avvy $tories from UAA Students and Staff

"When I was in college, I made every financial mistake a typical college student could make." (read more)

     – Sonya Stein, Director, Office of Student Financial Assistance

"When I finally found out how much money my parents made, I really feel like they could have raised my $1/week allowance!" (read more)

     – Carrie Burford, Program Manager and Scholarship Coordinator

"Being proactive instead of reactive is the key." (read more)

     – Jamie Krushensky, Financial Aid Technician

"Unfortunately, by completing every step on the Financial Aid Checklist, I actually accidentally took out a $1500  loan..." (read more)

     – Reba M West, VA Certifying Technician

"It can be scary making your first budget. Especially if you suspect you have more money going out than coming in. But you can only fix that once you make a detailed budget. Trust me, it's worth it..." (read more)

     – Wolfgang Q Olsson, Financial Aid Student Worker

Financial Literacy Advising

If you have questions about how to fund your education, create a budget, better understand your loan options, or organize your finances while in school, you can meet with us one-on-one.  Give us a call at 786-6149 or email financial-literacy@uaa.alaska.edu .

Note: if you have questions or concerns about technical and specific financial aid issues (forms, paperwork, appeals, amounts, etc.), please direct your questions to UAA Financial Aid

What is "Financial Literacy" ?

"Financial Literacy is the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being."

— The President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy,
2008 Annual Report to the President