CommonCents Financial Wellness Program

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Being a college student is stressful enough – your finances don’t have to be!

The CommonCents Financial Wellness program was designed to provide students with the necessary information to reduce financial stressors during and after enrollment at Lehigh and to maximize opportunities to become financially successful. Students will be invited to attend financial wellness presentations throughout the year and the opportunity to work one-on-one with a Peer Financial Educator. These volunteers will help you identify your own financial goals and create strategies to reach those goals.

Financial Education and Presentation Requests


Peer to Peer Financial Education & Counseling

Need some help sorting out your financial concerns? Got a question about your student loan repayment? Need help with your budget or figuring out how to afford your social life? If so, the CommonCents program is the place to go. All Lehigh students are eligible to schedule a meeting with one of our Peer Financial Educators (PFE). Our PFE’s are undergraduate students who have been trained to assist you with many financial topics such as (but not limited to) loan repayment, credit counseling, budgeting your earnings to save for books, supplies, study abroad related expenses, or even that spring break trip you have been hoping to go on. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our peers, we encourage you to complete the inquiry form to be matched with a peer.

Financial Education from Office of Financial Aid Staff

If you prefer not to meet with a peer, Danika Clevenstine, Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Accredited Financial Counselor, is available to meet with students to discuss financial wellness as well. You may schedule an appointment with her online, or contact our office to schedule a meeting.

Presentation Requests

Do you work with a group of students who would like to learn more about financial wellness topics? If so, a Peer Financial Educator or a representative from the financial aid office is happy to assist you. We are available to host a presentation on a wide array of topics such as:

  • Introduction to Budgeting
  • Making your Refund Last
  • How to create a Spending Plan for Financial Goals
  • Building, Establishing, & Using Credit
  • Financing Your Education & Loan Repayment

Email us at inpfe@lehigh.edu to submit a request for a group presentation.

Resources for Financial Success


Online Learning Tools

CashCourse is an online money management learning tool. All Lehigh students are eligible to use this free resource!

Crash Course in Credit by Mint.com is an online learning tool that provides you with valuable information regarding credit scores.

MoneySmarts U is a web-based financial education platform that can teach you what you need to know about money. It features the MoneySmarts library which includes videos, podcasts, blog posts and articles that tackle just about any financial topic you can think of. Students are encouraged to create an account and calculate their MoneySmarts U Score, a metric that reflects your current level of MoneySmarts.

On Your Own is a website dedicated to resources and tips for living wisely on your own.

TeachFinLit.org is designed for high school educators. This website has many great videos, books and activities on a variety of financial wellness topics.

Free Budgeting Resources

Mint syncs up with your actual bank account and provides you with your spending data! There is also an app you can download.

MoneyStrands is similar to Mint. The app features a unique calendar that allows you to view your monthly bills and due dates. You can also set goals for yourself by adding pictures so that you can visualize your goal and track how much you’ve saved!

Albert- Money Management is a free app that allows you to text a financial question, help you find savings you’re missing, identify bills you’re overpaying and help you pay down debt faster.

Student Loan Resources

ELMSelect allows you to view the most commonly used private student loan lenders of Lehigh students over the past three years. Though you are not required to choose off this list; it is a great place to start comparing loan options.

Federal Loan Repayment Calculator allows you to calculate the estimated monthly payment based on different loan repayment options.

National Student Loan Data System allows you to view your federal loan history and provides your loan servicer information.

Credit Report & Score

Annual Credit Report allows you to review your own credit report free of charge once a year from each of the three credit bureaus.

Discover Credit Score Card currently offers the ability to check your FICO score without a hard hit to your credit. This service is free of charge - you needn’t be a card member in order to request the benefit.

Career and Professional Development

Lehigh’s Career & Professional Development Office is available to assist in developing career skills such as resume/cover letter, interviewing, networking, and job/internship searching. The office will also assist with expertise and questions, such as job offer & salary negotiations and career explorations.