Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC): Budgeting for student life

Budgeting for student life is a great resource from the FCAC designed to educate students and parents about the available resources to help pay for university.

My Money Coach: Intelligent Student Budget Calculator for Excel

My Money Coach is a free public service offered by the Credit Counselling Society, a non-profit organization. Their Intelligent Student Budget Calculator for Excel is a dynamic budget calculator that guides you through the process. It focuses on postsecondary budgeting on a term by term basis and will gently alert you to problems in your budget and make suggestions on how to improve your financial situation.

Mint: Money Manager, Personal Finance, and Budgeting

Mint is available for online use and as a smartphone app. By connecting your bank account with Mint, you can oversee your financial accounts, create a budget based on your actual day to day spending, and set financial goals. Mint uses the same triple layer security and encryption that most banks do. When you use Mint, you will receive weekly reports with nice pie charts showing you where your money went. For post-secondary students, Mint is a great tool for tracking expenses.

Get Smarter About Money: Getting an education is an Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) website that aims to provide unbiased and independent financial tools. Their resource on getting an education provides an overview of RESPs, budgeting, and managing debt.