About us

Creation of Powercat Financial Counseling

Powercat Financial Counseling began in August 2009 when Student Governing Association allocated student centered tuition enhancement (SCTE) funds for the creation of a program to provide students free assistance and counseling on personal finances. The program was designed as a peer-to-peer program where students studying financial planning or financial services offer counseling to fellow students on budgeting, saving, credit, student loan repayment and transitioning to work.

Outcomes

Powercat Financial Counseling has made a difference in the financial well-being of many K-State students.  Our biggest successes are when we help a student get on track financially allowing them to remain at K-State to pursue their degree or when students indicate we helped reduced their financial stress.

The outcomes of our efforts have provided the following impact at K-State:

  • Financial workshops presented to over 22,700 students on topics ranging from budgeting to transitioning to work;
  • Individual financial counseling provided one-on-one to over 1,800 students;
  • 70 students have gained pre-professional financial counseling experience as peer financial counselors.

Staff

PFC has grown significantly since its creation. Its staff includes a full-time director, two graduate assistants and 12 peer financial counselors from academic majors including personal financial planning, business finance, accounting, economics and agricultural economics.

Student involvement

Students may apply in the spring to become a peer financial counselor or to join the PFC Student Advisory Board which assists with the mission and marketing of the program. Read more

Research

Powercat Financial Counseling strives to be a leader in clinical research and has collected pre- and post-data from individual client sessions and group presentations since its inception. Read more

In the news

PFC has received significant recognition both locally and nationally for its efforts in improving K-State students' financial capability. Read more

Give to PFC

If you are passionate about our mission, we would greatly appreciate your support and contributions which can be made via the Kansas State University Foundation.   

Counselor and student

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Matt Wagner and Lydia Peele, SGA leaders instrumental in creating PFC

Matt Wagner and Lydia Peele, SGA leaders instrumental in creating PFC

Grand opening of Power Financial Counseling

The grand opening of Powercat Financial Counseling