Balancing on a Budget

Money signDuring Fall 2018, ZipAssist launched, Balancing on a Budget. This campus-wide financial wellness initiative is available to all UA students, because juggling finances as a student can be tricky!

Become financially fit!

Each month has a theme relating to financial wellness, and the programming within that month will relate to that theme. Every month you can participate in the webinar lead by topic experts, attend an in-person workshop, complete an at-home challenge and receive a newsletter full of tips and tricks.

The content learned in these sessions are applicable to the needs of college students and will prepare you for long-lasting financial wellness.

The Financial Wellness Challenge

Complete 4 of the 8 months below to complete the "Financial Wellness Challenge."

  • A month of programming is considered complete when you have watched the webinar, completed the at-home challenge, attended the in-person workshop, and received the monthly newsletter.
  • The 4 required months do not need to be completed consecutively. Once you have completed the requirements, you will receive a paper certificate verifying completion of the program.

Win a Barnes & Noble Gift Card

The first 25 students to complete/attend any combination of 7 events below will receive a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card! No catch, no raffle drawings, and no additional requirements. It's truly that easy! Learn how to get credit for completing tasks/attending events below. Documentation for completed tasks for the 2019-20 academic year must be submitted no later than April 30, 2020.

Getting Credit for Completing Tasks & Attending Events

If you plan to watch the webinar live, please register for the webinar at the links in the schedule below. A recorded version of each webinar will be posted on this website within 48 hours after it's presented if you are unable to watch the webinar live.

  • To receive credit for watching these webinars (both live & recorded), email Taylor Sminchak three facts you learned or tips you plan to implement as a result of watching the webinar.

The at-home challenges will be released on the dates on the schedule below. They will be posted to this website but will also be emailed to students signed up for the newsletters.

  • To receive credit for completing the challenge, you will need to complete the required tasks and send the requested documentation to Taylor Sminchak.

The workshops will be hosted during the dates/times listed on the schedule below. Workshops provide you the opportunity to practice the content learned in the webinar at the beginning of the month. Activities (both individually and in groups) will be incorporated throughout the hour-long workshop.

  • To receive credit for attending, you must not be greater than 5 minutes late. Attendance will be taken at the end of the workshop so students cannot leave the workshop early.

At the end of each month, a newsletter will be emailed to you. These newsletters will summarize the content presented throughout the month as well as tips, tricks, and resources. 

  • You will need to sign up to receive the monthly newsletters here. You only need to sign up for the newsletters once. If you no longer wish to receive monthly newsletters, email Taylor Sminchak requesting to be removed from the list.

Balancing on a Budget 2019-20 schedule

SEPTEMBER

MONTHLY BUDGETING & REFUND USAGE

WEBINAR: Wednesday, Sept. 4 at noon WATCH HERE

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Monday, Sept. 9View challenge

Money related images to accent UA's financial wellness program WORKSHOP: Friday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. Student Union #312

NEWSLETTER: Monday, Sept. 30


OCTOBER

EATING HEALTHY ON A BUDGET

WEBINAR: Wednesday, Oct. 2 at noon WATCH HERE

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Monday, Oct. 7 View challenge

WORKSHOP: Friday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. Shrank South 216

NEWSLETTER: Thursday, Oct. 31


NOVEMBER

HOLIDAY SPENDING & SAVING

WEBINAR: Wednesday, Nov. 6 at noon WATCH HERE

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Monday, Nov. 11 View challenge

WORKSHOP: Friday, Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. Student Union #318

NEWSLETTER: Wednesday, Nov. 27


DECEMBER

Money related images to accent UA's financial wellness programAFFORDING TEXTBOOKS

WEBINAR Monday, Dec. 2 at noon WATCH HERE

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Monday, Dec. 2 View challenge

WORKSHOP: Friday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. Student Union #318

NEWSLETTER: Friday, Dec. 6


JANUARY

SAVING FOR EMERGENCIES

WEBINAR: Wednesday, Jan. 15 at noon REGISTER HERE

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Friday, Jan. 17

WORKSHOP: Friday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. Student Union #318

NEWSLETTER: Friday, Jan. 31


FEBRUARY

FINDING AN AFFORDABLE PLACE TO LIVE

Money related images to accent UA's financial wellness programWEBINAR: Wednesday, Feb. 5 at noon REGISTER HERE

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Monday, Feb. 10

WORKSHOP: Friday, February 21 at 11 a.m. Student Union #318

NEWSLETTER: Friday, Feb. 28


MARCH

UNDERSTANDING YOUR SPENDING PROBLEM

WEBINAR: Wednesday, Mar. 4 at noon REGISTER HERE

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Monday, Mar. 9

WORKSHOP: Friday, March 20 at 11 a.m. Student Union #318

NEWSLETTER: Tuesday, Mar. 31


APRIL

INCREASING INCOME

WEBINAR: Wednesday, Apr. 1 at noon REGISTER HERE

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Monday, Apr. 6

WORKSHOP: Friday, Apr. 17 at 11 a.m. Student Union #318

NEWSLETTER: Thursday, Apr. 30