Your finances

McGill's Scholarships and Student Aid Office shares the concerns of students who worry about managing their finances effectively over the course of their degree. That's why the Scholarships and Student Aid Office has worked directly with students for students to create The Frugal Scholar Program - a comprehensive financial literacy program designed to help you budget effectively and graduate with manageable debt.

The steps

Each page in this section represents an important step in the Frugal Scholar path to financial wellness. Start by Estimating your resources then Build your budget and discover the peace of mind that comes with a realistic plan.

Already have a budget built? Cash in on our Cheap Sheet tips to stay on track, or Manage your debt for instructions on how to repay loans and avoid common debt regrets.

The tools

  • The File Frugal Scholar Toolkit is a set of budget worksheets developed by the Scholarships and Student Aid Office and students like you to help you understand your costs and live for less! The PDF icon Frugal Scholar Toolkit Guide is a printable version of instructions that will show you how to use the Toolkit.
  • For medical students: the File Frugal Scholar MDCM Toolkit and PDF iconGuide is an expanded version of our standard Toolkit developed by the Scholarship and Student Aid Office in collaboration with McGill medical students and The WELL Office.

Need more help?

If you have completed the steps in this section and are still struggling to build or stick to your budget, you can schedule a Budget & Debt Management appointment with one of our Financial Aid Counsellors. In preparation for the appointment, you will need to complete your Financial Profile in Minerva to identify your costs, resources and debt for the current year. This will ensure our counsellors can provide you with personalized advice tailored to your specific situation.

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