blog posts What's Your Job Worth? - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Oct 27, 2021 1:00 pm0 views Explore with us how job benefits can add up to big dollars. Walk into your new job ready to make informed choices that can significantly increase your net worth. Virtual Financial Education Mar 18, 2020 1:00 pm262 views We put together a list of ways you can enhance your financial knowledge through virtual means as well as a few tips if you're teaching online for the first time. University of Illinois Saves 2019 Feb 1, 2019 8:00 am39 views (Re)pledge a savings goal for UISAVES 2019! Understand Your Refund - Spring 2021 Jan 28, 2021 3:30 pm262 views Hundreds of students end up unable to register every semester because they owe money back to the university, even after receiving a refund. Learn how to avoid being one of them. Understand Your Refund - Fall 2021 Sep 1, 2021 1:00 pm1100 views Hundreds of students end up unable to register every semester because they owe money back to the university, even after receiving a refund. Learn how to avoid being one of them. Understand Your Refund - Fall 2020 Aug 28, 2020 1:00 pm719 views Hundreds of students end up unable to register every semester because they owe money back to the university, even after receiving a refund. Learn how to avoid being one of them. Understand Your Refund Challenge - Spring 2020 Jan 23, 2020 4:00 pm128 views Hundreds of students end up unable to register every semester because they owe money back to the university, even after receiving a refund. Learn how to avoid being one of them. UIUC - Emergency Grants Available for Graduate Students Aug 23, 2021 9:30 am28 views The application period is now open for HEERF III COVID-19 Emergency Grants for graduate students at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 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 UISAVES 2020 runs February 16 - March 7! Feb 13, 2020 12:15 pm102 views The overall goal of UISAVES is to create a culture of savings at our three universities – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Illinois at Springfield. Read on to learn what we're doing for the 2020 campaign! UIC - U-PASS Program Opt-Out Deadline is September 12 Sep 8, 2021 9:45 am0 views UIC students have the option to opt-out of the CTA U-PASS program before September 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Travel Planning Templates Jul 6, 2021 3:45 pm36 views Getting excited to travel? You can use these templates to help get your planning started for your next trip! Top Tips for Tax-Filing Mar 1, 2017 8:00 am256 views Top 5 Financial Reminders for International Students Jun 1, 2020 5:45 pm121 views Tuition & fees will be due before you know it, so here are the top 5 financial reminders for International Students. The 5 C's: A Guide to Self-Care on a Budget Sep 18, 2020 12:00 pm127 views We put together a few tips in an effort to add to your ideas and/or motivate you to start practicing self-care/self-love on a budget! Tackling Taxes - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Jan 27, 2021 1:00 pm30 views Taxes are complicated, whether you’re a first time filer or have been filing for years. How do you know if you’re required to file? What are deductions and credits? Why are there so many forms, and what are they for? Join us as we walk you through the basics of taxes and provide resources to help you file for free. Summer 2020 #UIMoney Tweet Chat Series Jun 2, 2020 12:30 pm74 views SMMC is hosting several tweet chats this summer to help our students, alumni, and friends prepare for a variety of financial transitions during a time filled with uncertainty. Student Loan Repayment - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Apr 14, 2021 1:00 pm9 views There are 8 repayment plans for federal student loans, 10 federal student loan servicers, and an abundance of terms, tools, and tips to remember to manage federal, institutional, and private student loans. Watch our Student Loan Repayment webinar recording to learn about your options as a borrower. Spring 2019 Understand Your Refund Quiz Jan 15, 2019 9:45 am111 views Hundreds of students end up unable to register every semester because they owe money back to the university, even after receiving a refund. Learn how to avoid being one of them. #SMMCSharingIsCaring Contest Apr 5, 2021 12:00 pm14 views Share and interact with #SMMCSharingIsCaring tagged posts from SMMC on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook between April 5 - 16, 2021, to get entered to win one of 10+ financial wellness kits in honor of National Financial Capability Month. SMMC Grad Hourly Job Opening at UIUC Apr 20, 2021 5:00 pm697 views Are you looking for an opportunity to enhance your professional skills while in school as well as your knowledge of personal finance? University Bursar's Student Money Management Center has an open position at Urbana! Apply to be an SMMC Support Specialist! Setting Goals for Your Well-being Nov 6, 2020 9:00 am1332 views Explore how Maslow's hierarchy of needs and the dimensions of well-being can help you set, prioritize, and manage your SMART goals. Seasonal Themes: Get More Done with a Mindset Shift Jan 29, 2021 11:00 am210 views Has Your New Year's Resolution Failed? Try a Seasonal Theme! Save Money on Food - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Feb 24, 2021 1:00 pm0 views At the end of a busy day, when you’re hungry and tired, do you go home knowing you’re all set to prepare a tasty, healthy dinner? Are you happy with how much money you spend on food? Would you like to learn some tricks for eating well for less money? If any of these questions resonate with you, then How to Save on Food is the educational opportunity for you! Publications & Resources Addressing Consumer Needs in U.S. During COVID-19 Apr 7, 2020 2:00 pm97 views We've compiled a list of federal websites & resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic that may be helpful in addressing some of your financial questions. Practicing Self-Advocacy in Your Financial, Professional and Social Life Mar 29, 2021 4:30 pm72 views Self-advocacy is an important skill to practice, particularly right now. Whether it's getting the resources you need to succeed in school or setting boundaries with your loved ones so you can focus on your own well-being, it's important to communicate with others about your needs, wants, and struggles throughout your life. Podcast: Understanding Credit Nov 10, 2020 12:00 pm10 views Episode 5 of Making Cents of Money, Understanding Credit, explores the complicated world of credit to help demystify things like scores, reports, and credit management. Podcast: Time to Travel! Jul 7, 2021 12:00 pm12 views In episode 21 of Making Cents of Money, Time to Travel!, Nikki, Andrea, and Jake discuss travel aspirations, goals, and tips for planning a trip to help you make your next dream vacation a reality. Podcast: The Anti-Predatory Lending Database Dec 3, 2020 12:00 pm28 views Episode 7 of Making Cents of Money, The Anti-Predatory Lending Database, discusses predatory lending and the Anti-Predatory Lending Database (APLD) in Illinois. Katie Liss from IDFPR Division of Banking breaks down predatory lending in mortgages and how the APLD helps mitigate some predatory lending practices. Podcast: Technology and Your Money Oct 5, 2020 12:00 pm4 views Episode 3 of Making Cents of Money, Technology and Your Money, explores how financial technologies are evolving and what that means for keeping our money safe. Podcast: Taxes Jan 26, 2021 12:00 pm8 views Episode 10 of Making Cents of Money, Taxes, discussed common terms, forms, and considerations for filing taxes in preparation for our Get Savvy: Grow Your Green Stuff webinar, Tackling Taxes, on 1/27. Podcast: Tackling Insurance! (Part 2) Nov 3, 2021 12:00 pm0 views In episode 29 of Making Cents of Money, Tackling Insurance! (Part 2), Nikki and Jake talked with Laura Pellikan from the Illinois Department of Insurance about the basics of health insurance and ways you can get covered. Podcast: Tackling Insurance! (Part 1) Oct 20, 2021 12:00 pm1 views In episode 28 of Making Cents of Money, Tackling Insurance! (Part 1), Deputy Director of Consumer Education & Protection at the Illinois Department of Insurance, Patrice Dziire, talked to us about auto, home, renters, and life insurance. Podcast: Student Loan Update Oct 6, 2021 12:00 pm1 views In episode 27 of Making Cents of Money, Student Loan Update, Jake and Nikki gave a quick update on the state of federal student loans. Podcast: Student Loans Apr 13, 2021 12:00 pm61 views Episode 16 of Making Cents of Money, Student Loans, lays out some student loan statistics, considerations, and protections for borrowers in preparation for our webinar on Student Loan Repayment tomorrow! Podcast: Short-selling Mar 24, 2021 12:00 pm8 views Episode 14 of Making Cents of Money, Short-selling, allowed us to interview Chasse Rehwinkel about the investing method that's become so popular in the media over the past few months. Podcast: Saving for College with a 529 Savings Plan Feb 10, 2021 12:00 pm30 views Episode 11 of Making Cents of Money, Saving for College with a 529 Savings Plan, explored 529 plans, including how they funciton, a bit on their history, and how they differ from other savings vehicles. Listen to special guests, Fernando Diaz and John MItchell, from the Illinois Treasurer's Office to learn more about options in Illinois. Podcast: Reintroductions Jun 2, 2021 12:00 pm0 views Episode 19 of Making Cents of Money, Reintroductions, lets us learn more about one of the co-hosts, Jake Hamilton, the history behind the podcast, and what's in store for the future of this audio teaching medium. Podcast: Real Estate May 5, 2021 12:00 pm8 views Episode 17 of Making Cents of Money, Real Estate, explains the world of real estate professions and what to consider when hiring professionals to help you buy or manage a home or other real estate property! Podcast: Professional Licensure in Illinois May 19, 2021 12:00 pm2 views Episode 18 of Making Cents of Money, Professional Licensure in Illinois, helps us understand the scope of professional licensing in Illinois across many different industries and some protections in place for consumers. Podcast: Preventing Identity Theft Oct 22, 2020 12:00 pm4 views Episode 4 of Making Cents of Money, Preventing Identity Theft, looks at identity theft and fraud statistics as well as how we can protect our money from potential theft. Podcast: Preparing for Retirement Feb 24, 2021 12:00 pm4 views Episode 12 of Making Cents of Money, Preparing for Retirement, discussed the retirement savings crisis, the different types of retirement plans that exist, and the Secure Choice plan in Illinois. Listen to special guest, Courtney Eccles, from the Illinois Treasurer's Office to learn more about the Secure Choice program for small businesses in Illinois. Podcast Partnership Launching with Illinois Division of Financial & Professional Regulation! Aug 31, 2020 9:15 am92 views A new podcast launched today, Making Cents of Money, co-hosted by our very own Andrea Pellegrini and Illinois Division of Financial & Professional Regulation's Nikki Giancola-Shanks! Podcast: Money Personalities & Financial Well-being Aug 4, 2021 11:00 am12 views In episode 23 of Making Cents of Money, Money Personalities & Financial Well-being, Andrea, Jake, and Nikki discuss several financial personality inventories and the CFPB's financial well-being scale as tools to better understand financial values, habits, and internal feelings around money. Podcast: Investing Basics Mar 9, 2021 12:00 pm10 views Episode 13 of Making Cents of Money, Investing Basics, covered common terms and concepts related to investing in the stock market in preparation for our Get Savvy: Grow Your Green Stuff webinar, Investing Basics, on 3/10. Podcast: Inflation Nov 17, 2021 12:00 pm2 views In episode 30 of Making Cents of Money, Inflation, Jake, Nikki, and Andrea discuss what inflation is as one of many metrics to gauge how an economy is doing and how it impacts our spending power as consumers. Podcast: Holiday Savings Tips and New Year's Goals Dec 17, 2020 12:00 pm2 views Episode 8 of Making Cents of Money, Holiday Savings Tips and New Year's Goals, explored tips to help prepare for a less stressful holiday season over the coming year as well as ways to set S.M.A.R.T. goals, be it financial or otherwise. Podcast: Financial Security and Stress Dec 8, 2021 12:00 pm2 views In episode 31 of Making Cents of Money, Financial Security and Stress, Andrea, Nikki, and Jake talk about statistics related to both financial security and stress and tips to deal with them.