Financial Wellness

Through education, awareness and mentoring, the Financial Wellness Program is designed to provide you and your family the tools and resources needed to make healthy financial decisions. Clark College offers one-on-one coaching, workshops and resources to support you on your journey to financial wellness.

Explore the information below and find out what we can do for you.


Clark College has developed a list of financial resources under the “Resources” and “Student Emergency Grants” tabs below. We will add to this list as more information becomes available.

The Emergency Grants online application is open on the first day of the term and closes on the last day of final exams.


Meet the Coaching Team

Sheri Terjeson
Financial Wellness Program Manager

A Pacific Northwest native, Sheri has over two decades of experience in fundraising and operations, assisting nonprofits that include OHSU Foundation, Lewis & Clark College, Washington State University, Jesuit High School, and most recently as COO and VP of External Affairs at Daybreak Youth Services. Throughout her fundraising and operations career, Sheri has also been an active real estate investor and financial mentor.

Dan Westby
Financial Wellness Coach

Dan spent over 13 years in the banking world specializing in credit, finance, budgeting, and compliance. Within that experience, he is passionate about developing a sense of community and helping people reach their goals. He works with students on tailoring an approach that works for them and places high value on knowing that every student's situation is unique. He also leads the Financial Wellness Workshop series, offered every term to students and community members.

For questions or to make an appointment, please email


Meet with a Coach

Ask questions about you and your family's financial situation, create a budget, discuss future financial goals, and delve into topics such as credit, debt, banking and investing. 

Please contact a Financial Wellness Coach to schedule an appointment at email

I just finished the meeting with Dan, WOW!!! I have done a few things like that before (eye roll) and it was always a waste of time and I personally never learned a thing. Dan identified my level of knowledge and understanding of the topics. He was so great, he was able and willing to adjust the topics for me. He personalized this so I could actually learn something and take something away from our meeting. I was extremely impressed by him and all the information he provided me. I was honestly not expecting to learn a thing. I really am truly grateful for this meeting and the time Dan gave me today. - Cynthia T.
Sheri sat down with me and listened to my concerns and needs and immediately we went into action building a financial plan. I was given a budget and advice on how to handle my current finances and bills. Sheri helped look for scholarships that would be more suited for a person with my circumstances. Being a woman in recovery there are many things I am lacking such as professional clothes. Sheri introduced me to the career clothing closet and was there to help me pick out clothes for job searching. Meeting with a financial wellness coach has relieved the stress and anxiety I was experiencing and has become such a valuable asset in my journey at Clark College and life.... -  Mindy W.

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Financial Wellness Workshops are offered each term. Topics like Better Banking, Managing Debt, Understanding Credit, Financial Preparedness, and Economic Impact to Your Finances will be offered.

Visit the Financial Wellness Workshop schedule for more information about upcoming events.

I gained a better idea of how I should be budgeting my income to pay off debt and increase savings. - Joe M.
I loved learning more about how fixing my spending can do wonders for my savings and net worth. - Amanda C.

If you need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in an event, you should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at 360-992-2314 or 360-992-0901 VP, or visit Disability Support Services (PUB 013) as soon as possible.


Current Newsletter

January 2021 Newsletter

Paying for College

  • The choice to attend college is a big decision - and potentially a big cost, but it doesn't have to be. Check out Clark's resources available to help students cover the costs of expenses to attend college - tuition, books, transportation, childcare and more.

  • Find your college fit and use these essential tools and calculators to help calculate your higher education expenses.

  • Check out these articles on How to Pay for College and ways to pay for college without parental support.

Financial Wellness Online Program

Making a solid financial wellness plan equips you to achieve your academic goals and succeed in your chosen career. MyPlan is Clark's online personal guide for career, academic, and financial planning. Use the financial wellness portion of MyPlan, in conjunction with workshops and a 1-1 coaching session, to assist you with your financial plan.

Calculators and Worksheets

Articles, Podcasts and Blogs

Financial Philosophers and Philosophies

Student Emergency Grants

The application for Emergency Grants opens on the first day of the term and closes on the last day of final exams.

Apply Now

If you have any questions or are experiencing problems filling out this application, please email 
Visit or click on the Resources tab above, at the top of this list, for information about help services like safe housing, food programs, health care and job training.


The Financial Wellness Center is an educational service only. We do not provide professional investment, legal, or tax advice. The information provided is for general educational purposes only, and is not intended as a substitute for the advice of your investment, legal, and/or tax advisors or to be the basis of specific trading or investment activities. If you need investment, legal, and/or tax advice, please consult with a licensed professional.



For emergency grant information please contact the Emergency Grant Committee at email
For Financial Wellness Coaching or more information about the financial wellness program please email