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Financial Wellbeing

Financial wellbeing encourages balancing our perspectives about money and budgets, productive ways to handle stress related to finances, and practical techniques to manage, earn, spend, and save money. As a college student, an emerging young adult or working professional, personal finances can be a stressful area to manage. However, with the right tools, resources, and education, you can learn how to manage your finances and improve your overall financial wellbeing.

Follow the links below for quick access to various topics on our page.


By planning and tracking your expenses and income, you can keep spending under control. A college student budget often helps you stay out of debt and plan for the future. These practices are typically worth the time and discipline they require.

How To Make A Budget As A Student

The Study Tube Project explains how to create and use a budget as a student. This is in no way meant to be insensitive towards anyone's financial situations that may have changed due to the current situation, it's purely education, and speaks broadly. Keep in mind that you don’t have to fill out a spreadsheet every day. You can set aside some time at least once a month or biweekly to review your money situation.

Tuition & Cost of Attendance

SUNY Oswego offers numerous scholarships, grants, and loans to help reduce costs associated with attending college. The Office of Financial Aid can provide assistance, explain the various options, and help determine which ones might be best for you. 

Some of what Financial Aid can offer includes:

How To Read Your College Bill

This video created by Get Schooled will walk you through your college tuition bill to help you make sense of it. Financial Aid offers a breakdown of Undergraduate tuition and fees and Graduate tuition and fees.

For more information, visit the Financial Aid website, call 315-312-2248, email [email protected] or visit them in person at 231 Sheldon Hall.


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Making Money At School

A limited number of students are eligible for the Federal Work Study (FWS) award. To help pay for the costs of graduate school, grad students may apply for graduate assistantships across campus. 

Student Employment on Campus

Here are some of the top departments that hire students on campus:

Auxiliary Services

This on-campus independent, not-for-profit corporation hires more than 650 student employees.

Residence Life and Housing

There are many opportunities for students and professional staff to get involved in the residential community, as well as develop and improve skills. 

Campus Technology Services

Student employment opportunities are available with the Help Desk, telecommunication, computer labs, networking and instructional support.

Campus Events and Conferences Services

Many opportunities exist for helping with a variety of campus activities, from customer service to intramural supervisors or assistants to lifeguards and much more.

Penfield Library

Student assistants work in both public and non-public service areas, including Check-Out and Reserves, Interlibrary Loan, Government Documents, Special Collections, and Administration.

Need Help?

Career Services provides students and alumni with access to online resources, connection to a Career Coach, and individualized assistance searching for a job or internship.

Free Educational Resources


The Student Emergency Fund has helped students with transportation.

A Centro bus

Bus Services

SUNY Oswego partners with Centro to make campus and local transportation safe and easy. By showing a valid SUNY Oswego ID and sticker, you can access campus and city routes for free, and travel to Syracuse for a reduced rate! 

Centro Bus Schedules

Bikes parked outside Penfield Library

Bike Share

Offered by the Office of Sustainability, bicycles are lent to students to encourage sustainable transportation on campus. Riding bicycles directly contributes to the reduction of our carbon footprint by reducing miles traveled in personal, fossil-fuel-powered vehicles. Email [email protected] to find out more and receive an application for the program.

Office of Sustainability Programs

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Electric Scooters

Bird E-Scooters can be rented via a mobile app available through the Apple Store and Google Play. Riders pay to use the scooter per minute. Download the Bird app to your mobile phone, locate a scooter through GPS or designated pick up locations, then ride!

Bird E-Scooters

Office Of The Dean of Students

501 Culkin Hall

Oswego, NY 13126


315-312-5483, Fax: 315-312-2503

[email protected]


M-F, 8am-4:30pm

Summer Hours: M-F, 8am-4pm