Academics

Financial Counseling

  • <a href="/live/image/gid/125/width/900/height/800/12761_keep_calm.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/300/height/390/12761_keep_calm.jpg" alt="If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed about your financial situation, please schedule an appointment with Financial Counselor Elon Brissette." class="lw_image lw_image12761"/></a>
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  • <a href="/live/image/gid/125/width/900/height/800/12759_cash_influenza.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/300/height/390/12759_cash_influenza.jpg" alt="Do you feel sick to your stomach thinking about money situations? You may have the cash flu and are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Financial Counselor Elon Brissette a.s.a.p." class="lw_image lw_image12759"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/125/width/900/height/800/12764_future_finances_out_of_focus-.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/300/height/390/12764_future_finances_out_of_focus-.jpg" alt="Financial Counselor Elon Brissette welcomes you to have a conversation with her about your financial goals and the steps needed to reach them. Your future finances may seem out of focus right now, but you can still plan through the uncertainty." class="lw_image lw_image12764"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/125/width/900/height/800/12760_budgeting_is_a_journey.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/300/height/390/12760_budgeting_is_a_journey.jpg" alt="It isn’t about the destination; it’s about the journey. Allow Financial Counselor Elon Brissette to assist you on your budgeting journey." class="lw_image lw_image12760"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/125/width/900/height/800/13334_financial_awareness.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/300/height/390/13334_financial_awareness.jpg" alt="Financial Counselor Elon Brissette welcomes you to have a conversation with her about your financial goals and the steps needed to reach them. Increase your awareness by acknowledging where you are financially, where you want to be, and steps you may take to help get you there." class="lw_image lw_image13334"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/125/width/900/height/800/12762_strength.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/300/height/390/12762_strength.jpg" alt="We focus on our physical strength by working out. We gain emotional strength by developing coping skills. We strengthen our understanding about finances by having real conversations about cash. Financial Counselor Elon Brissette welcomes you to get real about your money matters and allow her to help you reach steps toward your goals." class="lw_image lw_image12762"/></a>
  • <a href="/live/image/gid/125/width/900/height/800/12763_i_mustache_you_a_question.jpg" class="lw_preview_image"><img src="/live/image/gid/125/width/300/height/390/12763_i_mustache_you_a_question.jpg" alt="How will your spending and saving behaviors impact your current finances as well as your future goals? What are you saving for: a certain lifestyle, a luxury item, a necessity that is just out of reach?" class="lw_image lw_image12763"/></a>

graduates, if you find yourself needing help with understanding student loan repayment or other “adulting” financial topics, i welcome you to reach out to me!

once a scot, always a scot.

We help you find and use financial resources; effectively budget your finances; research scholarships and loans; and prepare for financial independence after college.

“How do I open a checking or savings account? Which one should I open?”
“Where do I go to find more scholarships?”
“How can I keep closer track of my spending?”
“Can I start paying back my student loans before I graduate? Should I?”
“Who should I talk to if I have questions like these?”
Elon Brissette, Coordinator of Financial Counseling, brissetteem@alma.edu

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Schedule a Cash Convo

Our goal is to get you planning ahead and thinking long term about finances. But what does that mean for you? What are your questions? What is your goal?

A Cash Convo with our financial counselor can be a one-on-one session, a small-group meeting, or a planned workshop. Send Elon Brissette a message with days/times that work for you, what topic(s) you would like to focus on, and whether it would be a private conversation for one individual or a small group and the number that would be interested in attending.

What You Should Know

The Financial Counseling Office is located in the Center for Student Opportunity.

In addition to assisting you in finding financial resources, we also work with you to understand and shape your spending habits, create and work with a budget and how to adjust your financial perceptions into positive, effective financial planning.

Our conversations are private.

How We Team up with Our Faculty

We work closely with the Diversity & Inclusion Office, as well as Career Development and the Financial Aid Office making sure that you have knowledge of available resources on campus for your needs.

We have classroom presentations where we share information regarding financial topics such as financial aid overviews, scholarship searches and application tips, and realizing and shaping good spending habits to help organize your personal budget.