$avvy Financial Literacy Program

Ranked #22 LendEDU's top College Financial Literacy Programs 2019 BadgeThe $avvy Program provides Saint Mary’s College students with financial education through a series of free workshops and seminars, led by Saint Mary’s College staff, faculty and guest speakers. The goal of the program is to improve students’ understanding and practices of personal financial management.  Throughout the year this website will be updated with information on the specific activities being offered through the $avvy Financial Literacy Program.

Why Participate in $avvy?

The benefits to participating in the $avvy Financial Literacy Program, besides increasing knowledge of personal finance, include:

  • The opportunity to win an extra $1,000 award from Saint Mary's College as part of your 2022–23 financial aid package

If you have any questions, please contact us at savvy@saintmarys.edu

Upcoming Events 

Monday, September 20, 2021
Topic: How to Socialize on a Dime
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location:  College Student Center, conference rooms D & E (on the lower level)
Topic Description: Hear from Amy Rousch, from South Bend Venues Parks, and Arts and Kris Choinacky, from The Office of Common Good, as they share free or affordable ways to socialize and enjoy yourself without breaking the bank. 
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Topic: Understanding Student Loans
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location Link:  Vander Vennet Theatre
Topic Description: Hear from Lisa Ciritella, with FedLoan Servicing, as she shares all the details you need to know about federal student loans. She will discuss the different types of federal loans, the difference between the interest rate and loan fee, what a grace period is, and choosing the best repayment plan for you. 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Topic: How to Budget for Big Purchases
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location:  College Student Center, conference rooms E & F (on the lower level)
Topic Description: Hear from Andy Hyduk, with Edward Jones, as he talks through the budgeting basics you need to know before making a big purchase such as a car, apartment or home. 


2022-23 $avvy Scholarship

To be eligible to win one of the five $1,000 financial aid awards for the 22-23 year, you must

  • Be an undergraduate student who is scheduled to graduate in December 2022 or later, and

  • Participate in at least 50% of the on-campus $avvy events

  • Students who meet this criteria will be eligible for the random drawing, which will select five winners