Invest in yourself with Financial Education.

At UMCU, we're invested in your financial success. We hope you'll join us for one or more of these free and informative sessions that help guide you toward a brighter financial future.

Your Money Game Plan

  • This workshop will help you identify key areas of your financial life to focus on and improve. You will understand the causes of common money mistakes, and leave with an action plan to help you achieve financial wellness.
  • Key points: 1) What are the four factors of financial health? 2) Ten common money mistakes we need to avoid. 3) How to create financial goals using the S.M.A.R.T. technique.

Budgeting Essentials

  • Understand the importance of creating a home budget or spending plan. Through budgeting, you will clearly see how your money is being spent, which will help you avoid or get out of debt. You'll leave this workshop with a first draft of a trackable home budget.
  • Key points: 1) The importance of a home budget. 2) Budgeting examples, tools and templates. 3) Tips on how to increase income and reduce expenses.

Saving for Your Future

  • Having a clear plan for both short- and long-term savings is an essential part of building your finances. This workshop will provide the fundamentals of how to get started with a savings strategy, tips to build and sustain your accounts, and the basics of personal investing and saving for retirement.
  • Key points: 1) Three core strategies of personal savings accounts. 2) Understanding investing options (401Ks, IRAs, bonds, mutual funds). 3) The basics of Social Security.

Dealing with Debt

  • Excessive high-interest credit card debt can derail even the best laid financial plans, so it's important to understand your options and commit to a strategy that positions you on the path to becoming debt free. This workshop will cover the options available, provide valuable tools and help you understand how to compare the pros and cons of each approach.
  • Key points: 1) Debt Snowball, Debt Management, Debt Settlement, Debt Consolidation. 2) On-your-own approaches vs. receiving assistance

On Deck with Credit

  • This workshop is an introduction to how credit works in our society. Many people need and use credit to purchase items and services in order to maintain their lifestyle. While credit is often an important component of building wealth, it can be dangerous if not handled wisely.
  • Key points: 1) Options for establishing and/or rebuilding credit. 2) Secured vs. unsecured credit. 3) Factors to consider when applying for credit. 3) Avoiding predatory loans.

Understanding Credit Reports and Scores:

  • Your credit report and score are vital components of your overall financial health. With poor credit, you may end up paying more for loans and insurance, be disqualified from some jobs, and be unable to access other services. This popular workshop will help you understand how it all works and the do’s and don’ts of credit.
  • Key points: 1) What information appears on a credit report and how does it get there. 2) How to dispute inaccurate information. 3) Credit Scoring Formula. 4) Tips on how to improve and maintain a credit score. 5) Protecting your credit data

Credit Expert: Common Truths and Myths

  • This interactive workshop will provide you with in-depth information about how credit truly works, while uncovering the most common misunderstandings. Students will go through a series of forty multiple choice and true-and-false questions, all focused on credit knowledge. You will have fun while learning in a challenging, fast-paced environment
  • Key points: 1) Types, terms, what to watch out for, etc.. 2) Credit Reports and Scores: What is true vs. false. 3) ID Theft – Mistakes with credit that could cost you

Credit Report Reviews

  • Regularly pulling and reviewing your personal credit report is one of the best financial habits to practice. Our experienced Financial Education Specialist will print your credit report to provide helpful tips and strategies for maintaining a high credit score. These reviews only take a few minutes and you will leave with a wealth of important information about your credit history.
  • Key points: 1) No appointment necessary – please visit a UMCU branch. 2) Diver's license needed to confirm identity. 3) Valuable service to help combat ID theft.

Stay Safe: Avoiding Identity Theft and Financial Fraud

  • An estimated 16.7 million Americans were identity theft victims in 2017. It's important to know the most common scams and how to avoid falling victim to them. This workshop will teach you the essential steps to take to protect yourself, tools available to help consumers, and provide you with an action plan to implement immediately.
  • Key points: 1) How identity theft happens. 2) Common financial scams. 3) Identity theft awareness quiz. 4) Options when a data breach occurs.

Financial Fitness for College Students

  • This workshop is perfect for students who are just beginning their financial journey. We will cover the essentials of money management and establishing credit, and you will leave with an action plan to start building your financial future.
  • Key points: 1) Importance of using a monthly spending plan. 2) How to establish credit. 3) Common money mistakes to avoid. 4) Correctly using a checking and savings account. 5) Tips for avoiding financial scams.

Home-Buyer Education

  • Buying a home is one of the most important emotional and financial decisions you will make, which is why financial experts recommend taking a home-buyer education course before diving into the purchasing process. This workshop will help prepare you with all of the essential information you need to make it a smooth, stress-free and financially sustainable process.
  • Key Topics: 1) Renting or Buying: Which is best for me? 2) Preparing your credit for the mortgage process and determining an affordable home price. 3) Choosing the right loan and evaluating various loan terms and fees. 3) Understanding the various roles in the home buying process (Realtors, lenders, inspectors, appraisers, and underwriters). 4) Organizing your finances and preparing for successful long-term home-ownership.

Financial Major League (ages 15-18)

  • Young people need to know how to spend wisely, prioritize savings and plan for the future. Educating teens about money is essential to helping them avoid common financial vulnerabilities and build economic stability. Students will leave the Financial Major League workshops prepared for the responsibility of managing their own money.
  • First Inning Topics: 1) How to safely and correctly use checking and savings accounts. 2) How to develop a plan for saving and spending. How to make financial decisions objectively and not based on peer pressure
  • Second Inning Topics: 1) How credit impacts your financial future, including student loans. 2) Resources available to help with employment and earning potential. 3) How to safeguard financial information, including avoiding financial fraud and identity theft.

Financial Minor League (ages 11-14)

  • Teaching youth about money is a critical step in preparing them for the future. Through UMCU’s fun and engaging Minor League workshop, students will learn about finances and be ready to make decisions at pivotal points in their development and financial lives.
  • Key points:· 1) Functions and purpose of a credit union. 2) Breaking down needs vs. wants. 3) Applying consumer skills to saving and spending decisions. 4) Understanding opportunity cost. 5) Evaluating their strengths and passions vs. future jobs.

Financial Little League (ages 7-10)

  • It is never too early to start learning about money and finances which is why our fun and engaging Financial Little League workshop is a perfect introduction to financial education.
  • Key points: 1) The differences between spending, sharing and saving. 2) The value of money. 3) How money is earned. 4) Why and how to save. 5) How to shop smart at the grocery store.