Finance Ready Financial Playlists

The City Colleges of Chicago has partnered with the City of Chicago, One Summer Chicago & the Economic Awareness Council to bring you these videos & activities to help students build money management skills & explore your money management questions. 

Complete any playlist by May 31st, 2023, and you will receive an invitation to compete in our Finance Ready Scholarship Competition. 

Check out these sample videos on hot topics for college students! 

Be Credit Ready: Young Adults Discuss How They Built Credit

Overview of the Financial Aid Process from the U.S. Dept. of Education

Repayment: What to Expect from the U.S. Dept. of Education

Be sure to check out the Be Payday Ready playlist below to learn more about banking, direct deposit and identity protection as well as Be Budget Ready to actually create a budget and Be Investing Ready to learn more about exploring saving and investing education. 

Need more help? Request a free, ½ hour visit with the peer Money Mentors at CCC here. If you are in need of more urgent support, please contact your Financial Aid office. Learn more at

To create an account, follow the steps on the following document.

When you register, use the enrollment key CCCfe2023!

Be Payday Ready

Learn basic financial skills to maximize earnings and establish a strong foundation for saving including banking & direct deposit. Learn how to do more with your pay. Get your money faster and for FREE. Manage your time sheet and taxes to maximize your pay. Save for your future.

Be Budget Ready

There’s so much you can do to set yourself up for a strong financial future. In this Playlist, you work on budgeting and learn about savings tools that can help you now and far into the future.

Be Credit Ready

What is credit and why does it matter? Good credit is very powerful. Credit helps you to get loans for things like cars, housing or starting a business and building a solid credit history and maintaining a high credit score can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life now and in the future. In this Playlist, you’ll explore how to build your credit power and explore common loans, like car loans and school loans, that are often part of life.

Be Ready to Avoid Payday Loans

A payday loan is a high-interest, unsecured loan. In these videos and exercises you will learn the cost of taking out a payday loan as well as other options to avoid using payday loans. You will also learn how to avoid getting caught in a never-ending cycle of debt.

Be Ready to Invest

Investing may build wealth and help meet financial goals. There are many alternatives and risks associated with investing.

In this Playlist, you learn about saving for the short-term and investing for the long-term.

Be Insurance Ready

Use this playlist to learn what insurance is, how insurance works, different types of insurance and how to purchase insurance.

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