Peer Financial Counseling

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. PFC at UVA offers one-on-one counseling and group workshops led by students, for students. We understand the financial pressures that come with being a college student and want to help you to manage those pressures in your own life.


Schedule a Counseling Session Today

To schedule a session, click on the appointment request form or email [email protected] with your name, when you want to meet, and a summary of your questions. Peer Financial Counseling is located on the second floor of the Clemons Library in Room 237 (Georges Student Center). Counselors hold office hours from 1 - 5 pm, Tuesday - Thursday, during the semester. Virtual sessions through Zoom are also available.

Request a Peer Financial Counseling Appointment

Use your UVA login to request an appointment today.

Who We Are

Come talk to us Peer Financial Counseling

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. 

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.

Not sure if a Peer Financial Counseling session is right for you? See what other UVA students are saying about their experiences.

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 [email protected] for assistance.

When and Where to Find Us

In-person counseling sessions are available Tuesday – Thursday, from 1 – 5pm, in Room 237 of the Georges Student Center on the 2nd floor of Clemons Library or at another mutually agreed upon time. Virtual sessions through Zoom are also available. Email [email protected] for more information.

Contact Us Today

To schedule a session with a counselor or inquire about a group workshop, please email [email protected] with your name, the time and day you want to meet (note our hours of operation above), and a brief summary of your questions.

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Meet the Counselors

Current Peer Financial Counselors

Our team of trained Peer Financial Counselors is here to provide personalized support, insightful advice, and valuable resources to help you navigate the complexities of managing your finances as a student at UVA. View our list of current Peer Financial Counselors who are available to meet with you!

Alumni Peer Financial Counselors

Interested in meeting with a PFC program alum willing to share their working world experience with you as you build your personal financial wellness skills? Check out our list and bios of former Peer Financial Counselors who are available to meet with you!

Join Peer Financial Counseling!

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. 

Our application for new counselors is closed until next fall, but you can get in touch with us if you have an interest in becoming a counselor in the future by emailing [email protected]