Student Financial Services, with support from the Jefferson Trust and Next Gen Personal Finance, offers Peer Financial Counseling as a free service to all UVA students.
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Who We Are
Peer Financial Counseling offers all UVA students one-on-one help from trained peer counselors on a variety of topics, including budgeting, student loans, managing personal credit, basic investing, and preparing a financial plan for an internship or when you transition to the workforce. Our counselors understand the pressures that come with being a college student and want to help you to manage those pressures in your life.
We are not financial advisors, and we are not SFS employees who dig deep into the details of specific student situations with regard to financial aid or the student account, but we work closely with fellow students to help them sort out their financial values and priorities, and provide them ongoing support to stick with the financial plans they make. All of us have a financial story, but before your questions about your finances become a burden, come talk with a Peer Financial Counselor. We want to help you change your story.
How We Can Help
Counselors are trained to offer resources and support in:
- Creating a budget and developing smarter spending habits
- Obtaining and managing a personal credit card
- Understanding student loans
- Opening and managing a personal bank account
- Fundamentals of investing
- Identifying fraud and threats to your electronic identity
- Preparing to enter the workforce
For detailed questions about specific student situations or financial aid, please write to SFS at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
When and Where to Find Us
In-person counseling sessions are available Tuesday – Thursday, from 1 – 5pm, in Room 245 of the Georges Student Center on the 2nd floor of Clemons Library or at another time mutually agreed upon. Virtual sessions through Zoom are also available, email PeerFinCounseling@virginia.edu for more information.
Contact Us Today
To schedule a session with a counselor, please email PeerFinCounseling@virginia.edu with your name, the time and day you want to meet (note our hours of operation above), and a brief summary of your questions.
Students can also visit our Programming page for more information on upcoming financial wellness events. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for regular updates, event notifications, and personal finance tips.
Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are now closed. Check back in October 2023 for the 2023-2024 application.
Are you interested in personal finance? Do you have a passion for working closely with other students to help them achieve their goals? If so, Peer Financial Counseling is the place for you!
Student volunteers who join this program are trained in a variety of personal finance topics including budgeting, managing personal credit, student loans, and investing; and receive hands-on, supervised experience in a counseling role.