Center for Advancing Financial Education (CAFE)

Providing equitable access to financial education within the OSU community and across Oregon.


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Open to all students and Oregonians

CAFE FREE and for Everyone. 

The Oregon State University Center for Advancing Financial Education (CAFE) is housed in the College of Business and is your one-stop financial wellness center, providing free services to the OSU community and beyond.

We understand that everyone’s financial situation is unique — we are here to provide support and help you get resources and information to navigate college and make sound financial decisions. We provide free one-on-one appointments, self-study modules, and presentations and workshops on topics such as paying for college (billing, financial aid, scholarships, resources, and more), creating a budget, post-college financial planning, and more!

Do you have any questions or comments for us? Contact us at or 541-203-0542.

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Meet with CAFE, virtually or in person to talk about your paying for college and other financial literacy needs. Can't find a time that works for you? Email us at

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Access our free, self-study learning modules that provide education on a variety of topics surrounding paying for college. Additionally, be connected to other financial education resources.

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We deliver presentations and workshops on topics related to personal finance. Use the following form for ideas on what we can offer and to let us know a little more about your needs.

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What We Do

Financial literacy education empowers students and their families.

Peer advising: We have student peer mentors trained to provide advice, mentoring, and education on college student finances.

Professional advising: We offer one-on-one appointments with our Certified Financial Planner, who can provide guidance and resources on advanced financial topics and financial well-being.

Presentations: We provide financial education presentations on FAFSA/ORSAA, scholarships, budgeting, and other financial topics.

Pre-college programming: We partner with K-12 programs and Financial Beginnings to provide information on paying for college, financial planning, budgeting, student loans and FAFSA/ORSAA, and pathways to college.

Online OSU class: We offer a two-credit online course, Financial Literacy for College Life (BA 140), for non-business majors.. Learn more about our course here!

On-demand education: We have free, self-serve financial literacy learning modules, some of which are customized for OSU students.


44.3% of Oregonians say, in a typical month, it is “very difficult” or “somewhat difficult” to cover their expenses and pay all their bills, and 36.6% of Oregonians indicate that they are “just getting by financially”


70% of OSU students believe finances may interfere with their ability to graduate while 54% of Millennials express worry about their ability to pay back student loans.


33% of adults worldwide can demonstrate an understanding of basic financial concepts.