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Financial Literacy Month

It’s that time of year – assignments are piling up, exams are approaching, take-out bills are mounting and coffee consumption is at an all-time high. With everything you have going on, even the slightest thought about tuition deadlines, rent, the upcoming holidays and other financial commitments can be downright daunting. Don’t worry, though. We’re here for you.

For the month of November, we’re rolling out free workshops, financial tips, one-on-one money coaching and events dedicated to your financial wellness. 

What’s financial literacy?

Where does your money go?

In a recent National College Health Assessment Survey, results confirmed that finances were one of the top three stressors facing McMaster University students. This is not a surprise given that only 6 out of every 10 Canadians have basic financial skills. Understanding where your money goes, how you can minimize debt and better balance your monthly expenses, will give you the confidence and skills you need to make good financial decisions now and in the future.

We want you to feel good about money, not be stressed by it. Through Mac’s Money Centre, we offer online and in-person resources and tools to help you become more financially aware and savvy.

Talking about money doesn't have to be stressful; talking about these things can be fun and empowering, too. In fact, it's absolutely necessary that students talk about finances so that they can make informed financial decisions that will impact their future.

Gina Robinson, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of the Student Success Centre

Things to look forward to…

Mark your calendar because we have a month’s worth of FREE events!

Financial Adulting with Rob Carrick and Roma Luciw.

Financial Adulting with The Globe and Mail’s Rob Carrick and Roma Luciw (Unplugged)

Get answers to some of the big financial questions around deciding whether to rent or own; saving versus spending; what’s a pension and why care; prioritizing spending and a newly earned income (and maybe even invest!), and how to  repay debt and still have a social life.

This free event will provide you with insights into personal finance and give you a better sense of what to expect in your financial life after Mac. There will be networking, free food and refreshments following their candid and unplugged talk. Join us for a night of straight up advice with the experts.

This event is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni.

Full Agenda

Check out our free workshops and events to provide you with the knowledge and abilities to make informed financial decisions.


The Walking Debt

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
GH 110

Let’s have a conversation about stress and money.  Did you know that money is the second biggest stress in student life?  You are not alone. Join us for a discussion on how to conquer your fears and find solutions that work to combat stress.

Financial Adulting with Rob Carrick and Roma Luciw.

Financial Adulting with The Globe and Mail’s Rob Carrick and Roma Luciw (Unplugged)

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
TwelvEighty

Get answers to some of the big financial questions around deciding whether to rent or own; saving versus spending; what’s a pension and why care; prioritizing spending and a newly earned income (and maybe even invest!), and how to  repay debt and still have a social life.

This free event will provide you with insights into personal finance and give you a better sense of what to expect in your financial life after Mac. There will be networking, free food and refreshments following their candid and unplugged talk. Join us for a night of straight up advice with the experts.

The first 75 students and alumni to register and attend the event will receive a signed copy of Rob Carrick’s latest book, How Not to Move Back in With Your Parents: The Young Person’s Guide to Financial Empowerment.

This event is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni.

Presented by Mac’s Money Centre.

Know your money personality.

What’s your Money Personality? Come and play a fun game!

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
GH 110

Come find out what kind of relationship you have with your money.  Why do you spend the way that you do? Join us for a thoughtful reflection on our individual money personalities and how that affects our spending habits.


Keeping up with your credit score

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
GH 110

Find out what the free Credit Karma hype is all about.   Why is your credit score important?  Do you even have one?  If not, where do you start?  Join us for conversations around the world of credit and how not to get burned.

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Financial Spotlight – CFMU 93.3

9:30 a.m.
CFMU 93.3

From paying for school, to living on a budget, to managing credit and debt, students are expected to have a high level of financial literary. The reality however, is that very few students have the skills, knowledge and abilities to make informed financial decisions. This segment will cover money management strategies and  provide information on the various online and in-person services and resources available to support students in reducing their financial stress and developing the confidence to make responsible financial decisions.  November is also Financial Literacy Month.

Roundtable discussion.

Careers and Money: Roundtable Discussions

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Dining Room, Faculty Club

Speak with Mac alumni who have recently transitioned to the workforce and are willing to share their experiences balancing life, work, and money as a new grad. Ask questions, seek advice, and get informed from people who were in your exact situation not that long ago.

​Guest McMaster Alumni include:
Bashar Al Saigh, Hamilton Opportunity Consultant, PC275 Realty Brokerage
Dheeraj Dhull, Campus Talent Acquisition Specialist, Manulife
Scott Mallon, Alumni Officer, Student Relations, McMaster University
Elaina Principato, Marketing Coordinator, Nix Sensor Ltd.

This event will be facilitated by the VP of Human Resources and Corporate Administration at ArcelorMittal DoFasco and is in partnership with the Alumni Association.

Registration is open on OSCARplus.


Game of Loans

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
GH 110

There’s no two ways about it, you are accumulating debt! That debt will eventually need to be paid back. We can tell you what the next steps are, and what to expect. We’ll help you get in a position to minimize debt and be prepared for your financial life after Mac.


Wheel of Fortune – Building Wealth

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
GH 110

Did you know you can start building wealth as a student?  In this workshop, you will learn about important investment options and the power of starting early.  We’ll teach you the secrets of compounding interest and how to increase wealth for the future.

International Student Summit

International Student Summit

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
McMaster Innovation Park

Join us for an informative day about living, working, and thriving in the City of Hamilton. Hear keynotes from successful alumni, small business leaders, and community activators about how to stay in our fair city. There will be break out sessions covering the following:

  • How to start a small business in Hamilton with Jodi Laking and Joanne Douglas-Lane (City of Hamilton)
  • Understanding your taxes with Gina Robinson and Andrijana Olaizola (McMaster University)
  • Hamilton’s small business landscape and ecosystem with Judy Travis (Workforce Planning Hamilton)
  • Interviewing for a job in Canada with Tanya Kett (McMaster University)

After an educating day at McMaster Innovation Park, join Global Hamilton Connect for the official after party. Network with other International Students and Young Professionals in a fun and casual environment.


How to Shop for a Credit Card?

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
GH 110

Just like you shop for the best cell phone deal, know how to shop for the best Credit Card.  Find out which incentives work best for you and how payments and interest charges are calculated.  Most important, how to use credit cards wisely.

One-on-One

Money Coach Appointments

Deciding how to spend your money is up to you, but we can help you make good financial decisions that will impact you now and in the future! Make an appointment to speak with an accredited money coach who can provide information on: juggling bills, making a spending plan, rredit card shopping, debt repayment, setting financial goals, investing, and more.

Financial Literacy Month is supported by:

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