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Presentations and Requests

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The Financial Wellness Collaborative's Peer Assistants and Coaches are available to present to students, faculty and staff on a number of topics. These presentations provide opportunities to learn about important financial wellness topics. Please complete the request form below at least 14 days prior to your desired presentation date. 

If you have questions, please reach out to us at 989-774-2611 or

Presentation Topics

Financial Wellness 101

This presentation addresses Financial Wellness 101 for students at Central Michigan University. From reviewing important offices/resources to introducing baseline information on budgeting, credit, and planning for the future, this topic is geared towards acclimating first-year/transfer students to the business of being a CMU student.

Understanding Student Loans

Understanding the ins and outs of student loans can be challenging. This presentation breaks down the most important aspects of loans, such as understanding basic loan vocabulary, addressing misinformation regarding refunds, tips to keep your borrowing in check, and preparing for the repayment process. We recommend this presentation to be taken as soon as possible, that way students understand the process of accepting and repaying loans before it's too late to weigh their options.

Basics of Budgeting

Managing your money can be difficult when you don't know where to start! This presentation will break down the basics of budgeting and provide your group with the necessary knowledge to start a smart spending plan.

All Things Credit

Credit always seems to be one of those topics that is never talked about, but credit doesn't have to be scary! In this presentation we break down how to establish credit, best strategies for utilizing a credit card, understanding how to read credit card offers, and building best practices to manage and improve your credit score.

Savings Plans & Emergency Funds

Creating a savings plan while in college can be difficult. We understand that oftentimes students have a limited income, so it is important to know how you can use it efficiently to build your savings! These plans can help when saving for your goals, but also they can help when your car breaks down, laptop crashes, or you experience a financial hardship! This presentation will walk students through how to create SMART goals, what types of accounts are best to store savings in, and how to plan for emergencies.

Evaluating the Internship and Job Hunt

Knowing where to start when you want to apply for internships, or a post-grad job can be overwhelming! This presentation equips you with the skills to evaluate different internship opportunities, understand the application timeline, and apply effective interview strategies, giving you a competitive edge in your career journey.

Evaluating and Accepting a Job Offer

There is more to a job than just a salary! To find a job that is right for you and your family, it is important to understand the finances that go into the job search and how you evaluate your benefit offers. This presentation walks through what you can negotiate in a job offer, as well as common things to consider before you take your next step!

Health Insurance & Retirement Accounts

It may seem early to talk about health insurance and retirement, however, before you accept a job, it is important to understand the offers you've been given and how to choose the best options for you. This presentation walks through types of health insurance, common terms and definitions, how compound interest works, and how to start saving for retirement.