blog posts COVID-19 Update: Changes to SMMC Services Mar 13, 2020 3:00 pm49 views All financial coaching appointments will be conducted via zoom, and no in-person events or presentations will be available through SMMC until further notice. Read on for details. UISAVES Week 3: Building Financial Habits Feb 29, 2020 11:30 am48 views The reality of personal finance is that it is personal and requires behavior change. Learn ways to make behavior changes easier to accomplish your goals. UISAVES Week 2: Small Amounts Add Up Feb 22, 2020 11:30 am81 views An important part of building a savings habit is understanding how small amounts add up. UISAVES Week 1: Goal-setting Feb 16, 2020 11:30 am83 views A strong foundation to any financial plan are goals. Set a goal with #UISAVES to connect with resources to help. universityillinoissaves.org Finding Funding Opportunities: Insights From a Current PhD Student Mar 13, 2019 3:00 pm54 views Funding is one of the biggest factors in determining what kind of financial decisions you make as a graduate student. Taking on federal student loans, using your employment to fund your degree, using your savings, getting help from family members, etc. We all want to make decisions that will benefit us most--and while the above are all good options depending on your individual situation, nothing beats “free money” like fellowships, assistantships, grants and scholarships. IOUs: There's an App for That! Oct 14, 2016 3:30 pm16 views Have you heard of Venmo? Squarecash? These are just a few of the apps that allow you to send money to anyone, anywhere, anytime. From a convenience standpoint, these advances are amazing—but what are the costs of convenience? My Account is in Collections! Now What? Jul 26, 2015 12:00 pm35 views Tips to help you cope with & resolve accounts in collections. Expect the Unexpected: Saving For Emergencies Jan 15, 2015 11:00 am10 views Planning for the unexpected can ensure that you are able to weather a financial hardship should you lose your job, have a car repair, or any other unplanned expense. By having savings set aside for emergencies, you decrease the need to rely on credit cards or loans to cover emergency situations. Your college years can be an ideal time to create and build your emergency savings.