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FREE Budget Templates for College Students + Spending Tracker

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An Easy to Use College Budget Template

This budget template is for college students who want a simple, straightforward way to manage their cash flow.

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Financial knowledge and education are a crucial component of college success.

The 2017 SCFW found that while many college students reported frequently engaging in positive financial behaviors, nearly 70% are stressed about finances.

What’s more:

Research has shown that financial stress has a detrimental impact on not only academics, but health as well.

Given these points, it’s clear that budgeting in college is important.

The problem is where do you even begin, right?

Despite any preconceived notions, you can effectively take control of your finances without spending all your spare time crunching numbers.

Here’s how…

Use my budget template for college students and quickly get a snapshot of the whole month.

College Student Budget Template

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Budgeting is simple. 

I’ll show just how easy it is with a college student budget example.

In the images below you’ll see a place to write down your income, savings, and expenses. By filling out the worksheet you’ll be making a budget.

college budget template example 1 in spearmint

It all boils down to this…

A budget is a plan for your money. Nothing more, nothing less.

You start by making an estimate of your total income for a month. If your income is inconsistent, I recommend estimating low.

These are the funds you have at your disposal for spending on expenses.


Take into account all your expenses. Break it down by two main types of expenses: fixed and flexible. 

college student budget template example 2 in rose

Fixed expenses are expenses that don’t change.

For example, a Netflix subscription is a fixed cost. The price is consistently the same on a month to month basis.

Flexible expenses are expenses that change.

They aren’t like a bill that has a flat monthly fee. Groceries and eating out are flexible expenses. How much you spend is determined by your choices or other external factors.

college budget template example 3 in purple

As you can see, I grouped similar expenses together on the college budget templates. I’ve found budgeting is easier when the categories are broken up.

I also included common expenses for students to give you a clear idea of how it works.

college student budget example of the 4 color options: light blue, purple, rose and spearmint

Have you ever thought to yourself –

Where did all my money go? I can’t even remember what I spent it on.

Fortunately there’s a simple solution…

Because included with the college budget worksheet is a log for tracking weekly spending.

example of the weekly spending log worksheet that goes along with the budget worksheets

Simply write down what you spend on a daily basis and you’ll finally know where it all goes.

The visual reminder will help you make better choices, too. And thus over time, living within your budget will become second nature.


Do you want to use these printable budget worksheets for college students?

Good news:

You can download the college budget template PDF for free!

As shown above, they come in 4 different colors and 3 different headings.


I created completely blank versions. There are no dollar signs (for those who live outside of the US) and you can fill in the categories with custom expenses.

The free budget templates + weekly spending log sheet are available for instant download in the Resource Library here on my website.


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Conclusions on budget for college student template

Learning how to budget is a such an important skill! I hope my college student budget template helps you get a handle on it.

If you have any feedback about it or want to suggest a way I can improve it, drop a comment below. (:


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  1. Hi I’m trying to retrieve the templates for college budget for a young woman in my life. I’ve subscribed to newsletter as requested, but haven’t received the password or templates. Thank you!

    1. Hi Zahya – so sorry for the delay! We just replied to your email with the requested information.

  2. i am a college student and pay for it and also have a job and phone bill this is the template i need for budgeting

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