Nearly half of all employees say financial challenges cause them the most stress in their lives. It’s important to target stress at the source. Through the Financial Wellness Program, the Employee Assistance & Counseling Center provides personalized counseling and various resources designed to help employees cope with financial stressors. This program is here to empower you to take charge of your finances and financial wellbeing.

See the EACC's financial wellness services below for more information.
 

  • Financial Counseling

    Need financial guidance but not sure where to start? An individualized financial wellness counseling session will help you gain a better understanding of your financial situation, while teaching you the best options for managing your finances and paying off debt.

    The UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center offers free financial counseling services to help you develop a personal financial assessment and take control of your finances.

    To schedule a one-on-one appointment with an EACC counselor, call 205-934-2281. Virtual appointments available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 1-4 p.m.


  • Financial Webinars by Request

    The Financial Wellness Program offers personalized financial education webinars by request via Zoom. These financial webinars are perfect for staff councils, academic departments and affinity groups.

    Choose the financial topic that fits the needs of your group, from navigating UAB’s retirement plans to estate planning. With advance notice, we can develop a custom presentation. Submit a request online, and a member of the EACC Financial Wellness team will contact you within three business days to discuss your group’s programming needs.

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    SmartPath Webinar Archives

    SmartPath webinars for UAB employees are engaging, practical and actionable and cover a variety of financial wellness topics. Archived sessions from the 2020 webinar series are available in the Campus Learning System with a Blazer ID and password.

  • Financial Course Spotlight

    Financial Basics Everyone Should Know on LinkedIn Learning
    by Michael McDonald, Research and Professor of Finance at Fairfield University

    Course details: How do banks work? Are you saving enough for retirement? Considering the answers to these questions and understanding financial basics is critical to planning a strong financial future. This course breaks down the mystery around the financial industry and provides practical knowledge for everyone, so you can manage accounts in an informed way, whether you are working with a financial advisor or not. Topics covered include savings, investments, insurance, retirement and more.

    Go to Financial Basics Everyone Should Know on LinkedIn Learning. For information on logging into your LinkedIn Learning account, visit uab.edu/linkedinlearning.


    Past Spotlight Courses



  • Create a Monthly Spending Budget

    Life can have its difficulties, and our finances do not always work out the way we may expect. It may be due to a sudden change in employment or the cost of living is just too high compared to your monthly income. Below are a few tips for creating a monthly spending budget.

    • Create a budget: Lay out your monthly income and expenses dollar for dollar, starting with the priority items that need to get paid every month i.e., rent/mortgage, electricity/gas/utilities, insurance, car payments, phone bill.
    • Cut back: Cut back on frivolous expenses, such as fast food and movies, by making more budget-friendly meals at home (numerous recipes can be found on Pinterest) and opting for a Netflix subscription instead of cable TV. Another way to cut costs is by cutting coupons and planning meals or outings based on the coupons you have available.
    • Link your bank account to an app: Use a phone app that links to your bank accounts to help you navigate your budget, as well as sends you alerts when you get off track with your spending. Just make sure you do your research before downloading anything.
    • Stay away from credit cards: Credit cards typically only lead to more debt, while negatively affecting your credit. Instead, work with creditors to set up payment plans based on what you can afford.

    Look for the Financial Tip of the Month in the UAB HR Monthly Newsletter.

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