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 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.

Complete 4 of the 8 months below to complete the "Financial Wellness Challenge." A month of programming is considered complete when a student has 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 a student has completed the requirements, they will receive a paper certificate verifying completion of the program.

How Can I Get 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), please 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, students 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 students 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, students 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 students. These newsletters will summarize the content presented throughout the month as well as tips, tricks, and resources. Students will need to sign up to receive the monthly newsletters here. Students will only need to sign up for the newsletters once. If you wish to no longer receive monthly newsletters, please email Taylor Sminchak requesting you be removed from the list.


Ballin' on a Budget 2018-19 schedule

SEPTEMBER

MONTHLY BUDGETING & REFUND USAGE

WEBINAR: Wednesday, Sept. 5th at noon must view on a computer

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Monday, Sept. 10th

WORKSHOP: Friday, Sept. 21st at 10 a.m. in Student Union, 321

Money related images to accent UA's financial wellness programNEWSLETTER: Wednesday, Sept. 26th


OCTOBER

SAVING FOR EMERGENCIES

WEBINAR: Wednesday, Oct. 3rd at noon must view on a computer

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Monday, Oct. 8th

WORKSHOP: Friday, Oct. 19th at 10 a.m. in Student Union, 321

NEWSLETTER: Friday, Oct. 26th


NOVEMBER

EATING HEALTHY ON A BUDGET

WEBINAR: Wednesday, Nov. 7th at noon must view on a computer

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Monday, Nov. 12th

WORKSHOP: Friday, Nov. 16th at 10 a.m. in SHS, 211

NEWSLETTER: Friday, Nov. 30th


Money related images to accent UA's financial wellness programDECEMBER

HOLIDAY SPENDING & SAVING

WEBINAR Monday, Dec. 3rd at noon must view on a computer

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Monday, Dec. 3rd

View challenge

WORKSHOP: Friday, Dec. 7th at 10 a.m. in Student Union, 321

NEWSLETTER: Friday, Dec. 21st


JANUARY

AFFORDING TEXTBOOKS

WEBINAR: Wednesday, Jan. 16th noon REGISTER HERE

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Friday, Jan. 18th

WORKSHOP: Friday, Jan. 25th at 10 a.m. in Student Union, 321

NEWSLETTER: Thursday, Jan. 31st


FEBRUARY

FINDING AN AFFORDABLE PLACE TO LIVE

Money related images to accent UA's financial wellness programWEBINAR: Wednesday, Feb. 6th at noon REGISTER HERE

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Monday, Feb. 11th

WORKSHOP: Friday, Feb. 22nd at 10 a.m. in Student Union, 321

NEWSLETTER: Thursday, Feb. 28th


MARCH

ESTABLISHING CREDIT

WEBINAR: Wednesday, Mar. 6th at noon REGISTER HERE

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Monday, Mar. 11th

WORKSHOP: Friday, Mar. 15th at 10 a.m. in Student Union, 321

NEWSLETTER: Friday, Mar. 29th


APRIL

AVOIDING THE "SPENDING LEAK"

WEBINAR: Wednesday, Apr. 3rd at noon REGISTER HERE

CHALLENGE RELEASED: Monday, Apr. 8th

WORKSHOP: Friday, Apr. 19th at 10 a.m. in Student Union, 321

NEWSLETTER: Tuesday, Apr. 30th