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

“How can I find out more about my student loans, like how much I’ve taken out and what my repayment options are?”
“Where do I go to find more scholarships?”
“I don’t know where my money goes! How can I keep closer track of my spending?”
“How do I open a checking or savings account? And how do I keep track of the money in my account?
“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.