Center for Advancing Financial Education

Promoting financial literacy through research-based education and support.

At the OSU College of Business, our mission is to prepare you for a successful future. That means knowing what you want to do with your life as well as managing your financial resources.

The Oregon State University Center for Advancing Financial Education (CAFE), housed in the College of Business, provides research-based curriculum for all OSU students; and through workshops, training, counseling, a peer mentorship program and other resources, provides services and support to students at OSU and to communities across the state.

Ask for help

We're committed to providing services to all OSU students — no matter what major. If you would like to speak with a financial counselor, get advice on your finances, or build your budget, schedule an appointment.

Schedule now

Take a course 

Financial Literacy for College Life (BA140) is a 2-credit, online course that equips you for life in the real world. Learn how to develop a financial plan, create a budget, pay for college, manage your credit, buy a car and more!

Learn more

Learn about us 

CAFE is a result of a shared vision across OSU, including the College of Business, the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Business Affairs Office. If you would like to learn more or get involved, contact us.

Contact us



Financial literacy education empowers students and their families.

We know that a strong financial future starts with a solid foundation. We offer support and services to OSU students, community members and the state of Oregon that include: 

Peer Mentoring: We have peer mentors trained to provide advice and support for basic financial education.

One-on-One Counseling: We provide guidance and resources on more complex topics related to paying for college.

Workshops: We provide webinars, seminars, and in-person financial education workshops on FAFSA, scholarships, credit and other financial topics.

Online Modules: We have developed free, self-service, financial literacy learning modules. Feel free to explore here.

Pre-college Programming: We partner with K-12 programs including Junior Achievement, 4H, and Young Entrepreneurs Business Week and provide information on paying for college, financial planning, budgeting, student loans, FAFSA workshops, and pathways to college.

Financial literacy matters

70% of OSU students believe finances may interfere with their ability to graduate.

graphic of the number 70
the Number 29 graphic

29% of Oregonians do not have enough cash to cover a $2,000 emergency.

62% of Oregonians spend more than they earn.

graphic the number 62
the Number 52 graphic

54% of Millennials express worry about their ability to pay back student loans.

Only 33% of adults worldwide show an understanding of basic financial concepts.

graphic the number 33