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How to budget

The basics of budgeting are simple: track your income, your expenses, and what’s left over—and then see what you can learn from the pattern.

How to bank

Not all financial institutions are created equal. We’ll guide you to choose one that is a good fit for you, and help you start building your savings and credit.

How to save

Making the most of your financial resources is smart both in the short term and the long run.

Talk with us

Have a question about banking or budgeting? We are happy to come talk with students about budgeting and financial planning. Just reach out, we can definitely help!

 

Phone: 617.258.8600
Email: sfs-fin-ed@mit.edu

 

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by the numbers

Educational opportunity

56%

The percentage of people who cannot cover an unexpected $1,000 emergency.

simple strategies

50/20/30

One common approach to budgeting is the 50/20/30 strategy, which helps you make good choices by keeping things simple.

Credit cards

22%

The percentage of college students nationwide who have made a late credit-card payment. Learn to build good credit from the start.

Key terms for money management

Fixed expenses
Fixed expenses are those which do not change from month to month. This can include your rent, utilities, credit card bills, and other monthly payments.
Flexible expenses
Flexible expenses are costs that are easily changed, reduced, or eliminated. Spending money on entertainment and clothing are flexible expenses. Even expenses that must be incurred, like groceries, are considered flexible because the amount you spend can vary.
Credit score
A measure of creditworthiness based on your financial history. It is most often represented as a three-digit number ranging from 300 to 900, and is sometimes called a FICO score. You can develop a good credit score by paying bills and loans on time.
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