Financial Wellness is a program devoted to fostering a community of financially capable students at Umpqua Community College. Through our interactive campus workshops, we provide tips and resources to assist students in managing their money by by budgeting and borrowing responsibly, understanding credit, making informed decisions regarding their finances, and understanding the changes in federal regulations that affect the student and the college.
The Online Financial Aid Literacy Seminar is composed of seven units and an assessment at the end. It may take you 2 - 2.5 hours at your convenience to complete it.
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As April and National Financial Capability Month close, we are reminded of the importance of financial education not just in April but every day. Life is changing daily in ways we could not imagine. Here are some useful tips and resources to be aware of.
During times of crisis, we see how the country comes together and how it can bring out the good in humanity. Winston Churchill first said, "Never let a good crisis go to waste." Unfortunately, scammers are taking that to a completely new level and taking advantage of people who are especially vulnerable right now. The following are some of the most common scams currently being reported:
Treatment scams: Offers to sell fake cures, vaccines and advice on unproven treatments.
Supply scams: Fake shops, websites, social media accounts and email addresses are being created claiming to sell medical supplies currently in high demand, such as surgical masks.
Provider scams: People are being contacted by phone and email from fake healthcare providers who have treated a relative for COVID-19 and are demanding payment.
Charity scams: Scammers are soliciting donations for individuals, groups and areas affected by COVID-19.
Phishing scams: Posing as national and global health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), scammers are sending phishing emails designed to trick recipients into downloading malware or providing personally identifiable and financial information.
App scams: Scammers are creating and manipulating mobile apps designed to track the spread of COVID-19 to insert malware that will compromise users’ devices and personal information.
Investment scams: Scammers are offering online promotions on various platforms, including social media, claiming that the products or services of publicly traded companies can prevent, detect or cure COVID-19 and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result.
For more information or if you suspect you’ve become a victim of one of these schemes, please go to www.ftc.gov/complaint.
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Check out the Umpqua Community College page on the ECMC Financial Wellness platform! You will find many useful resources to help you manage your finances while you are in school and after you leave school. Best of all, this amazing resource is FREE!
Go to: ecmclearning.org/Umpqua to create your personal account.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.
Kasey Kasey Hovik, MBA
Financial Aid Specialist
Office: (541) 440-7787 I Fax: (541) 440-4612