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 Programs & Events

    EACC partners with the Regions Institute for Financial Education, local credit unions and other organizations to provide you with seminars and workshops on financial topics that matter to you. See what’s coming and save your spot today.

    SmartPath Fall 2020 Webinars for UAB

    • October 13: Bling on a Budget
      What gets measured gets improved. Doctor’s track cholesterol. Runners track distance. CEOs track sales. If you want to improve anything in your life, simply track it. Join SmartPath and learn how to track your money (and win some awesome prizes along the way).
      Click here to register.
    • November 4: Holiday Financial Planning
      It’s hard to save during the holidays. It’s much easier to go into debt and justify it to yourself. This year, learn how to flip that. Join SmartPath for tips on how to avoid the January credit card blues … and still have a little fun.
      Click here to register.
    • December 2: Year-end Financial Planning
      The end of the year can be a perfect time to reflect. What went well? What could be improved in the new year? How is your financial life progressing and what changes should be made? Join SmartPath for strategies that can help you keep more of your hard-earned dollars in the year ahead.
      Click here to register.

  • 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.

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  • 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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