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Our Mission

The Financial Literacy Initiative is a program that seeks to educate young adults on the foundational concepts of personal finance. We strive to instill a sense of financial competency in Pepperdine students through instruction and coaching on the practical applications of money management. 

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Your financial future begins here...

Welcome to the Center for Financial Literacy. It is our hope that we can be a resource for you during your time at Pepperdine and beyond. The importance of money management is often overlooked, but a proactive approach can place you far ahead of the curve.

The lack of personal financial knowledge in society today is alarming:

  • Twenty-somethings hold an average debt of about $45,000 - USA Today
  • 56% of Millennials are living paycheck-to-paycheck - Huffington Post
  • The student debt burden in the US sits at $1.1 trillion, nearly quadruple what it was a decade ago - CS Monitor
  • The class of 2014 graduated with an average student loan debt amount of $33,000 - Edvisors
  • Millennials get a "D" in Financial Literacy - Main Street

Please explore our site, give us a call, or come by the office for academic course details, money management resources, or financial life coaching.

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About Us

Read about our story, staff, and what we have to offer.


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Offered Classes

Learn more about Personal Finance courses offered at Seaver.

Student meeting with financial life coach

Financial Coaching

Meet with one of our trained coaches to create a personalized budget, plan your financial future, and ask questions.

Event in the plaza


Learn more about upcoming events.

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Tools and Resources

Equip yourself with tools and resources related to money management.

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Frequently-asked-questions related to personal finance.

Contact Us

Center for Financial Literacy

Upcoming Events

Annual Convocation Event: Time, Money, and God

Monday, November 21st at 6:30pm in CCB 140

Professor, CFO, and author of "Timeology," Matt Munson will walk Pepperdine students through a lively discussion about the importance of time, money, and God in our lives. Munson will present his compelling and convicting life story, and motivate students to live life to the fullest with "perspective on living authentically and significantly".

Book Club Convo

Beginning of 2nd Semester 

Contact us if interested in being involved.

Related Links

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Financial Aid


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