Bigger Than Your Block has worked with thousands of students from coast to coast over the last 11 years but there’s more work to be done. To make sure that we’re able to provide simple financial education to everyone that wants it, we’re having a massive sale this weekend.

Hardcopies of 10 Things College Students Need to Know About Money, 2nd edition will be 60% OFF when purchased from the Bigger Than Your Block website. That’s right! You’ll get a physical copy of the book purchased by high schools and colleges around the country for the low price of $6.


Order your copy for only $6!


Graduation season is around the corner! Order as many copies as you’d like for only $6 right now. Prices return to normal next week. Help the students in your life get the financial education they deserve.

Actual Amazon reviews say:

I had two young people heading to college and I wanted to give them a gift that would prepare them for what’s ahead and to help them to be able to make knowledgeable decision regarding their/or their parent’s finances. Great investment. I would even recommend it to adults.”

Another informative read by Shay Olivarria. However, the title is misleading. 10 Things College Students Need to Know is not only for students. ANYONE can benefit from the information presented in this easy to read and understand format. I learned a lot of information that will benefit me as I work with my finances. As the other reviewer mentioned, this item makes a great gift. I bought it for my 13 year old son and I am more than convinced that he will benefit from the information. Don’t miss out!!

I just bought this book for my soon to be sophomore in college. It’s very I informative, I wish I knew this much about money when I was in college!

I LOVE this book! It is dense with information, yet easy to digest. This is the book that I wish I had when I was a senior in high school, before I went to college and ruined my credit. It took years of hard work and letter writing to get back on track.
I have purchased several copies to gift to friends whose children are starting their college journey in hopes that they can avoid the pitfalls I endured. She does motivational speaking too! Every high school and college campus should invite her to speak to their students. These are life skills that can change someone’s life for the better and set our students on the path to success without the burden of debt.

If you were never too keen on finances because it just seemed too complicated or you really just knew the basics and nothing else; then you need this book. I can honestly say that the author Shay Olivarria educates you in a very light way. Leaving you feeling happy about options and very much in the know about your next step. I have given this book as presents over and over again and will continue to do so. Not to mention it’s not boring, for she has quite the personality which makes the book fun and interesting. You don’t have this book? You’re missing out!




Shay Olivarria is the most dynamic financial education speaker working today. Previous clients include: Gateway Technical & Community College, SCE Credit Union, American Airlines Credit Union, and San Diego City Community College, among others. She has written three books on personal finance, including Amazon Best Seller “Money Matters: The Get It Done in 1 Minute Workbook”. Shay has been quoted on,, NBC Latino and The Credit Union Times.The 2nd edition of “10 Things College Students Need to Know About Money” is available now.

College Basics for Parents: Helping your kid graduate debt free

Bigger Than Your Block is pleased to announce a new FREE webinar for the parents of college students. Scholarship guru, and mom who used these strategies to get her daughter through undergrad with NO student loan debt, Gwen Richardson, will present College Basics for Parents: Helping your kid graduate debt free with the most dynamic financial education speaker working today, Shay Olivarria.

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In this FREE webinar Gwen Richardson, author of 101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free Education, and Shay Olivarria, author of 10 Things College Students Need to Know About Money, will help you navigate the money side of undergrad.

The webinar will cover:

  • How to find scholarships to apply to.
  • Strategies to help your student with scholarships.
  • Which two accounts your student needs to open to create financial wealth.
  • Tips and tricks to help your student learn to manage money while in school (in preparation for life).

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Please join us:
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Want to read the books before the webinar? You can order a copy of both for $30 total, including shipping. 10 Things College Students Need to Know About Money sells on Amazon for $15 plus shipping on its own. If I were you, I’d run to get both for $30.
See you at the webinar!

FREE Workshop: Paying for College

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There have been some changes to the way high school students apply to FAFSA. Families need to know what the changes are, what the important dates not to miss are, and how to get students graduated from college not mired in debt.

Financial education speaker and the author of “10 Things College Students Need to Know About Money” Shay Olivarria will be facilitating a FREE workshop in San Diego, CA to help families figure it all out.

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In this dynamic one hour workshop students and parents will learn about the changes to the FAFSA application, scholarships, student loan types, and repayment options.

Families will leave with a handout of important terms, tips, and dates. Graduating from college is not just about having the grades to get in. It’s about finding a school that’s a good fit, paying for it without going broke, and creating a network to build a career.



What can I bring into the event?

Bring a pen or pencil. This is a workshop (you’ll be engaged) not a lecture.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call (323) 596-1843

What’s the refund policy?

Early Bird ticket holders will receive a free copy of “10 Things College Students Need to Know About College” at the event. If you don’t show, you don’t get your copy. Books will NOT be shipped.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes. Seating is very limited so tickets will be necessary. Showing your ticket on your phone also works (save a tree).

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Yes. Whoever shows up needs access to a ticket. If you booked a ticket for yourself and now your cousin wants to come instead, that’s fine.


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Shay Olivarria is the most dynamic financial education speaker working today. Previous clients include: SCE Credit Union, American Airlines Credit Union, the Yorba Linda Water District, Verizon, among others. She has written three books on personal finance, including Amazon Best Seller “Money Matters: The Get It Done in 1 Minute Workbook”. Shay has been quoted on,, NBC Latino and The Credit Union Times.The 2nd edition of “10 Things College Students Need to Know About Money” is available now.



Virtual Book Launch June 8th


As you all know, I am ecstatic about the printing of the 2nd edition of 10 Things College Students Need to Know about Money! I’m so excited that for the first time ever I’m hosting a virtual book launch on Facebook. What is a virtual book launch you ask? Good question.  *wink*

A virtual book launch is an opportunity for you to ask me about the book, win some cool gifts and score an AMAZING discount on the book. I’m so excited.

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See you Wednesday, June 8th between 6:30pm and 8:30pm Pacific Standard Time.

Economic Summit and Student Leadership Conference – Las Vegas


The Economic Summit and Student Leadership Conference was held in Las Vegas at the College of Southern Nevada – Cheyenne Campus on Saturday, December 13th. Shay Olivarria, financial education speaker and author, spoke to three sessions of students and parents while representing the Center for Financial Empowerment in Irwindale, CA.

Topics covered included credit scoring, credit monitoring, credit cards, ROI and the differences between traditional banks and credit unions. Each presentation was about 50 minutes long and included PowerPoint, videos and large group discussion. The teens (both high school and college students) and parents were very vocal and were genuinely interested in in sharing what they knew and learning more about the topics.

The event was well attended and very well run. Perhaps Shay will be back in 2015.

4th Annual STOP THE PAIN Teen Summit, Nov. 15th


Guess where financial educations speaker and author Shay Olivarria will be Saturday, November 15th? Speaking at the 4th Annual STOP THE PAIN Summit at CSU Dominguez Hills! I’ll be there representing South LA Saves. Register now and I’ll see you on Saturday!


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Teen Summit on Dating Violence, Sex Trafficking & Bully Prevention

Saturday, Nov. 15, 8:30am to 4:00 pm

California State University @ Dominguez Hills,

Loker Student Union

1000 East Victoria Street

Carson, CA 90747


Ages 10 – 25, Parents & Guardians Invited

Free Community Event

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Continental Breakfast, Lunch & Gift Bag

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Workshops include: (But not limited to)

Dating Violence Awareness                Healthy Relationships

Bully Prevention           Sex Trafficking Awareness
College Readiness                           Financial Literacy
Self Defense Training for Females
HIV / AIDS Awareness                        Raising Healthy Babies
Sex In The Media          Man Up, What It Means To Be A Man

Recognizing The Signs – The Tragedy of Youth Suicide


Workshops & Exhibitor Tables in English and Spanish

Workshops for Men, Women, Youth and (TAY)

Transitional Aged Youth workshop series…What Now!



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Ambassador for The Passport Party Project

The reason that I named my company Bigger Than Your Block is because I believe that people should travel and see the world. Towards that end, I’ve become an Ambassador for The Passport Party Project. That means that I will be helping spread the word about the great work that The Passport Party Project does in helping girls get their first passport and go on their first international trip!


Find out more about The Passport Party Project by visiting the website and liking the Facebook page.