Money Coaching Session FAQ

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Student Money Management is now a part of Big Red Resilience & Well-Being. We’ve relocated to a new home at the University Health Center, room 127.


How would a Money Coaching Session benefit me?

SMM representatives help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to successfully manage your financial life. Sessions are focused on the areas of immediate interest to the individual. Thus, no two sessions are alike. However, SMM representatives focus on helping you achieve a successful financial life.

Who can schedule a money coaching session?

Any member of the UNL community can schedule an appointment with us, including:
  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate/Professional students
  • UNL alumni
  • UNL staff
  • UNL faculty

What kinds of topics can SMM coaches help me with?

Problem-Solving Sessions
  • Making and sticking to a spending plan (budget)
  • Creating and planning for financial goals (study abroad, spring break, etc.)
  • Getting organized with your finances
  • Making a plan to repay debt
  • Planning for major purchases (car, house, etc.)
Financial Education Sessions
  • Learning how to establish credit (credit scores & credit reports)
  • Learning about credit & debit cards
  • Basic investing education/ retirement planning
  • Questions about financial aid & student loans
  • Questions about employee benefits

What can SMM coaches NOT help me with?

SMM coaches cannot do the following:

  • Do financial tasks for you
  • Make financial decisions for you
  • Sell financial products or services during sessions
  • Venture into money management education areas beyond the scope of the UNL Student Money Management Center

Is there any charge for Money Coaching Session?

No, all services offered by Student Money Management are free of charge for UNL students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Who will I talk to during a Money Coaching Session?

You will meet with a SMM coach who has completed financial education and coaching training.

Are Money Coaching Sessions confidential?

Sessions are completely confidential. Coaches will never tell anyone else that you came in for a session until you want us to.

Where are Money Coaching Sessions held?

After you make an appointment, you and your designated SMM coach will meet at the appointment date/time in the Big Red Resilience & Well-Being office, room 127A in the University Health Center.

What if I can't come to Student Money Management for an appointment?

We schedule appointments online up to a month in advance. If you need an appointment time outside of normal SMM hours (8-4:30), please contact us to arrange a time. If you are a distance student, feel free to schedule an appointment if you would like a phone session, or call or email us with any money questions you may have.

How do I schedule an appointment for a Money Coaching Session?

Book Appointment

Simply click the button above, choose a date and time that work best for you, and enter your name, email (for a confirmation email to be sent to you), what you would like to discuss during your session, how you found out about us, and your UNL affiliation.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?

In the confirmation email that you received after you scheduled your appointment, there is a link to cancel at the bottom. Simply click the link and tell us why you needed to cancel, if you would like. If you want to reschedule for another date and time, simply schedule another appointment.

What should I bring to my Money Coaching Session?

You can bring anything that you think will help us help you. This could include:

  • Bank account statements
  • Credit card statements
  • Loan information
  • A list of your expenses and income

If you have questions about what you should bring, please contact us!

What if I meet with a SMM coach and I have a problem they cannot help me with?

If students need more in depth financial help than a SMM coach can provide, referrals can be provided for other services. If the student is experiencing psychological, behavioral or situational problems, such as family issues or a gambling habit, they will be referred to the appropriate professional.

How often do I need to meet with my SMM coach?

You should meet with your SMM coach until you are confident that you have the knowledge and skills to successfully manage your financial life. Simply schedule another appointment if you need more help or have more questions. Please let us know if you would like to meet with a specific SMM coach. You can schedule refresher sessions throughout your college career to make sure that you stay on the right path to financial success.