Money Talks @ Western U

It’s important for students to understand how to manage their money in order to avoid financial stress. Financial literacy programs are used to share knowledge about how to make responsible, informed, and effective financial decisions. Money Talks @ Western U hosts workshops and drop-in events that aim to address a variety of concepts relating to financial decision-making and wellness; more specifically, the financial components of budgeting, banking, credit, paying for school, and life after Western. 

The workshop series runs throughout the fall/winter terms, and is open to all registered students at the University. Students are usually required to sign up in advance; registration links will be posted as they become available.

Drop-in events require no registration, and are advertised through Western University’s social media channels.

Money Talks @ Western U is a collaborative effort between Student Financial Services, Housing and Ancillary Services, Wellness Education Centre, The Student Success Centre, and the University Students’ Council.

Questions? Want to get involved or request assistance with an event? Email for more information.

Workshop Series

The Money Talks @ Western U workshop series is a free program that provides Western students with the opportunity to sign up for workshops that cover five areas of financial wellness: Budgeting, Paying for School, Banking and Investments, Credit and Debt, and Life After School.

Both entry-level (“101”) and expert-led (“102”) workshops will be available for sign-up via the Western CareerCentral website. Workshops are one hour in length, and can be taken at any point (no existing prerequisites or mandatory workshops).

Participation in the program will be acknowledged on a student’s Co-Curricular Record. Following completion of at least five workshops (two of which must be expert-led) and a short reflection activity, students will receive a Letter of Accomplishment signed by Lynn Logan, Vice-President (Operations & Finance). If you have finished at least five workshops (with at least two that were expert-led), please email to complete the short reflection activity. Letters of Accomplishment are issued via Career Central at the end of the academic year.

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Budgeting 102

It’s never too late to start tracking your spending! Join Money Talks @ Western U as we learn about different budgeting strategies and how to apply them in our day-to-day lives. We’ll also be looking ahead to next year as we are joined by off-campus housing expert Glenn Matthews, as we focus on what’s important when looking for a place to live.

Date: January 29, 2019
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: WSSB 3134

Register here!

Paying for School 102

Need a refresher on what resources are available to help you throughout the school year? Attend Paying for School 102, where we’ll recap eligibility criteria for funding sources and learn more about the responsibilities associated with various funding types. This session will also address the variety of services available to students to assist with financial planning and debt management.

Date: February 13, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: UCC 147B

Register here!


Credit and Debt 102

In Credit and Debt 102, join Money Talks @ Western U as we wade through topics like good debt vs. bad debt, the short- and long-term impacts of using a debt source, and the consequences associated with negligent borrowing.

Date: March 5, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm *PIZZA PROVIDED*
Location: UCC 147B

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Slay your Taxes

Why do we pay taxes? Where do they go? Calling all first time tax filers – join Money Talks @ Western U and special guest Kaitlin Psotka from CPA Canada Financial Literacy as we learn more about the benefits of filing taxes, special rules for students, and other resources that can help us come tax season.

Date: March 14, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm *PIZZA PROVIDED*
Location: UCC 210 (Seminar Room)

Register here!