Money Management Coaching by Students for Students

Peer Financial Coaching

About Peer Financial Coaching

Smart About Money's peer financial coaches understand that it can be confusing and complicated to take charge of your personal finances on your own. Peer financial coaches assist UMass Amherst students in achieving their dreams through the use of a goal-oriented financial process.

Please do note that you do not need to have a goal in mind to meet with a peer financial coach. We frequently sit with students who are unsure about what they should know about personal finances and we welcome them to our services. 

Schedule a Virtual Coaching Session

To schedule a 30-minute appointment:

  • Click on the "Book your coaching session" button on this page (you'll be redirected to Navigate, where appointments may be scheduled)
  • When asked about the appointment type, select "Student Financial Services."
  • In the next pop-up box, select "see a Smart About Money Peer Educator" and then select "Peer Financial Education".
  • Select next and it will ask about location: the only option currently is Zoom
  • Finally, click "next:" you will be brought to the scheduling page to select an appointment that fits your schedule.

What to Expect​

  • You will be meeting with a trained peer financial coach.
  • Your coach will first start the conversation around your financial goals and get a better understanding of where you stand financially.
  • You will then have the opportunity to work with your peer financial coach to ask questions, build knowledge, and develop a plan to achieve your goals. 
  • Finally, you will develop a list of tangible next steps that you can each take in moving forward. 

It may be helpful to come prepared with any account or login information relevant to your goals. If seeking education around federal loans specifically, and you do not yet know your federal loan servicer, it may be helpful to come prepared with your FSA ID and password. 

Specific Areas of Support

  • Financial goal setting
  • Banking basics
  • Budgeting
  • Credit education
  • Student loan and debt management education
  • Educational Service Only 

Smart About Money provides educational services only. The program emphasizes educational outreach around money management and thus does not provide investment, legal, tax, or financial planning and retirement services or advice. Information provided and links to third-party resources are exclusively for educational purposes and do not substitute for professional advice. Neither Smart About Money nor the University of Massachusetts Amherst endorse or approve any products or services associated with these links or resources provided through Smart About Money's outreach services and are not responsible for the accuracy, legality, or content of any external link or resource provided.