Save for Your Dreams, Save for Your Reality.
University of Illinois Saves is coordinated by the University of Illinois Student Money Management Center (SMMC), a unit of USFSCO, and University of Illinois Extension's Financial Wellness for College Students.
The overall goal of University of Illinois Saves is to create a culture of savings on our three universities – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Illinois at Springfield. In 2012, we began University of Illinois Saves (UISAVES) with a competition between the three universities which has continued every spring as an annual campaign to promote education and resources supporting financial wellness.
Both employees and students across the University of Illinois System are the target audiences for UISAVES. In 2017, we abandoned the competition format to focus on events that have been enjoyable and successful in the past.
Top Savings Goals
In total, we have had over 3,200 savings goals set since the pilot launch of UISAVES. The top savings goals for UI Savers have included saving for:
- Emergency Fund
- Car or Other Vehicle
- Debt Repayment
- Special Event
- Large Purchase
- Investment Saving
Plans for UISAVES 2018
In 2018, we are targeting a wide audience, both on and off campus, through increased online learning opportunities, face-to-face events, and social media.
Events & activities currently scheduled for 2018 include:
- UISAVES Digital Scavenger Hunts on GooseChase: February 26 - April 15
- A free webinar, How to Save Money on Food: February 26 at 12:00 PM CST
- Paint a Pig Parties at
- University of Illinois at Springfield: February 28 & March 22
- University of Illinois at Chicago: March 7
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: April 5
Visit universityillinoissaves.org to set your savings goal & get connected to resources that can help you achieve it.