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SmartPath at UAB

UAB has partnered with SmartPath to offer faculty and staff a variety of financial wellness resources that make financial problem solving more personal and accessible for everyone. SmartPath services are an employer-sponsored benefit for benefits-eligible employees and members of their immediate household from the UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center.

  • SmartPath Financial Coaching

    SmartPath offers UAB employees unbiased, confidential financial coaching. Like a personal trainer for your money, SmartPath Financial Coaching is designed to help you make better choices and stay accountable. Your certified SmartPath coach will work with you to map out your savings, debt, income and expenses, and build a financial plan that is compatible with your individual goals.

    A monthly fee of $29 provides participants with access to a full range of resources, including:

    • Unlimited phone calls with a personal, unbiased financial coach
    • Actionable care plan reports with recommended options and next steps
    • Anytime access to SmartPath’s client financial education portal


    Register online at joinsmartpath.com/uab.

  • SmartPath Webinars

    SmartPath's monthly webinars for UAB employees are engaging, practical and actionable and cover a variety of financial wellness topics. View the links below to register to stream an upcoming session live via Zoom; archived sessions are available in Campus Learning System with a Blazer ID and password.


    SmartPath Webinar Series 2020 Schedule

    • January 16: Smart Tax Planning
      You don’t want to pay too much or too little. More importantly, you want to know how much you’ll owe (or get as a refund) to plan the rest of your finances. Join us to learn the fundamentals of how taxes work. You may be surprised to find out that the system actually works — even if you don’t like it. Topics: How taxes work, deductions/credits.
      Visit the UAB Campus Calendar to register.
    • February 12: Love & Money
      Marriage is hard. Money can make it harder if you're not on the same page. Different budgeting styles, different priorities, different levels of financial acumen all play a role. Come learn how to be on the same team with your spouse and money. This class will teach you how to have collective goals while protecting your individual freedom. Topics: Money and Relationships, Financial Marriage
      Visit the UAB Campus Calendar to register.
    • February 27: 5 Financial Resolutions
      Generally, New Year’s resolutions focus on areas we want to improve like losing weight, paying off debt, spending more time with family. What about a more important resolution – to live intentionally. Come learn how to live intentionally, even when funds are tight on a budget. Topics: Budgeting, savings, goals, financial mindset.
      Visit the UAB Campus Calendar to register.
    • March 11: Finances & Family
      Is someone in your family constantly asking for money? Do you share bills or struggle with drawing that infamous 'line'? You're not alone and, simply put, money and family don't mix well. Come learn some different strategies to help your family become financially independent and collectively powerful. Topics: How to migrate people off your payroll, contingent support
      Visit the UAB Campus Calendar to register.
    • April 16: Coronavirus — What’s Your Next Financial Move?
      How is the spread of Coronavirus affecting economic activity, financial markets and more importantly ... your livelihood? Join SmartPath President Alok Deshpande for this important webinar event to understand the current and potential implications of the pandemic on your money, what may still lie ahead (financially) and reasons for optimism going forward.
      Click here to register.
    • May 13: Tackling Student Loans
      College costs are rising at 7% per year! That means more debt for you. The average outstanding student loan debt is $30,000 and it feels like you'll make payments forever. Join us to learn 5 strategies for paying off student loans. Topics: Federal vs. Private loans, loan forgiveness, repayment plans
      Visit the UAB Campus Calendar to register.
    • June 10: Coronavirus — What’s Your Next Financial Move?
      How is the spread of Coronavirus affecting economic activity, financial markets and more importantly ... your livelihood? Join SmartPath President Alok Deshpande for this important webinar event to understand the current and potential implications of the pandemic on your money, what may still lie ahead (financially) and reasons for optimism going forward.
      Click here to register.
    • July 21: What Should I Do During These Uncertain Times?
      SmartPath has created a webinar specifically aimed at reducing financial stress resulting from the Coronavirus. Join SmartPath CEO Alok Deshpande to learn your age-specific strategy on what you should do (and not do) during uncertain financial times. He’ll share how to respond in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.
      Click here to register.
    • August 19: Investing in the Age of Uncertainty
      COVID-19 has created massive uncertainty for investors. With optimism about containing the pandemic fading, markets are reacting violently to the rapidly changing environment. Join SmartPath CEO Alok Deshpande to take a deep breath and see steps you should take.
      Click here to register.
    • 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 us and learn how to track your money (and win some awesome prizes along the way) Topics: Budgeting, Mobile Budgeting Apps, Saving, Tradeoffs/Prioritization
      Visit the UAB Campus Calendar 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. Let's show you how to flip that. Join us for tips on how to avoid the January credit card blues…and still have a little fun. Topics: Black Friday, Holiday Spending Strategy, Budgeting
      Visit the UAB Campus Calendar 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 us for strategies that can help you keep more of your hard-earned dollars in the year ahead. Topics: Strategies, financial focus, goals, savings
      Visit the UAB Campus Calendar to register.