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 Seminars by Request

    The Employee Assistance & Counseling Center offers personalized financial education seminars by request, at a time and location convenient for your department. Most seminars are designed for groups of 20-30 employees — perfect for staff councils, academic departments and affinity groups. Seminars for larger groups and after-hour sessions are also available.

    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.

    Submit a Request

    SmartPath Seminars and Webinars

    Explore archived seminars and webinars presented by SmartPath on LMS and Docebo. Search a variety of financial topics and watch according to your schedule.

    Watch a SmartPath Financial Wellness Webinar

  • Financial planning during a crisis

    The coronavirus crisis has created chaos all across the world. A side effect of the pandemic is the financial hardships it is placing on many people. Below are three tips to lessen the burden of financial hardships.

    1. Make a Crisis Budget: If your circumstances have changed, a crisis budget may be right for you. Be sure to include the monthly essential expenses such as housing (rent or mortgage), basic utilities (power, water, etc.), food and transportation.
    2. Lower Your Spending: Consider lowering or cutting nonessential expenses from your budget, at least on a temporary basis. You can cancel gym memberships, rate shop for lower insurance options, pause streaming services and spend less money shopping online.
    3. Put Some Financial Goals on Hold: Unless you are still earning your regular income and you have a healthy emergency fund that covers at least three to six months’ worth of your living expenses, it is probably best to reassess your financial goals—at least in the short term. If you do not want to lose traction, one option to consider is to continue to make those extra debt payments to yourself instead.
    4. Look for EACC Financial Wellness Counselor Cecelia Boyd's Financial Tip of the Month in the UAB HR Monthly Newsletter.

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