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What is the SMMC policy on confidentiality?
None of the information provided to the SMMC staff will ever be shared with any other member of the UNG or outside community unless express permission is granted. The SMMC is dedicated to upholding the students' right to confidentiality. The issue of confidentiality is especially important in the personal consultations - where personal financial information is discussed.
Why is the SMMC needed at UNG?
Studies all over the country have shown that college students are coming into college with high debt levels and then increasing their debts even more throughout their higher education–not including student loans! With this information and the growing awareness of the need for financial literacy, UNG feels the need to provide students with the opportunity to strengthen and broaden their money management knowledge and skills.
What services are offered?

The SMMC offers unlimited personal consultations, workshops, seminars, and presentations, as well as online resources.

The personal consultations are confidential sessions between students and SMMC professional. A consultation targets specific needs and creates a personalized action plan for financial success. Students can schedule a consultation anytime or walk-in during office hours (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:30-12:00).

The workshops, seminars, and presentations cover a variety of financial issues affecting college students of any age and life situation. Students can stay informed on personal financial and money management issues by visiting the SMMC website.

What if I am in a relationship? Can you meet with my significant other?
The SMMC staff encourages students sharing financial responsibilities with anyone in their lives to bring that relevant person to the personal consultation session. Many friendships and relationships have been negatively impacted by the lack of shared financial values and habits. The SMMC promotes proactive communication, understanding, and adaptation in relationships where financial matters matter.
Will you help me throughout my college career?
The SMMC is committed to partnering with students from the moment they begin their college experience to graduation and beyond. We have many different programs tailored to the varying experiences and needs of students throughout their college careers. The needs of both traditional and non-traditional students are important, and the SMMC will tailor its programs and consultations to these diverse situations.
Can you give me investment advice?
The SMMC does not give investment advice to students. Since our primary focus is to improve the financial literacy, we target our efforts to money management. We do have materials explaining investment and retirement concepts for students to educate themselves, but actual advice is beyond the scope of this office's mission.
When is the SMMC available to help me?
The SMMC office in Dahlonega is located in the Stewart Center office 240 and is open from 9:00am-4:00pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. The Gainesville office is Student Center 129 and is open for walk in traffic from 10:00am-3:00 pm Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please contact the SMMC at 706-867-3308 or to schedule a consultation or for more information.
How would a Personal Consultation benefit me?
SMMC representatives help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to successfully manage your financial life. Advising sessions are focused on the areas of immediate interest to the individual. SMMC representatives focus on helping you achieve a successful financial life, including:
  •  Learn how to wisely spend and save your money throughout your college career
  •  Increase your knowledge in important financial topics and build your money management skills
  •  Help you understand how to manage credit and debt
  •  Gain the skills that will help you be financially successful throughout your life
What can SMMC representatives NOT help me with?
SMMC representatives cannot do the following:
  • Do financial tasks for you
  • Make financial decisions for you
  • Sell financial products or services during sessions
Where are Personal Consultations held?
The Student Money Management Center in Stewart Student Success Center, Room 314
What should I bring to my Money Management Advising session?
You can bring anything that you think will help us help you. This could include:
  • Bank account statements
  • Credit card statements
  • Loan information
  • A list of your expenses and income
How often do I need to meet with my SMMC representative?
You should meet with your SMMC representative regularly until you are confident that you have the knowledge and skills to successfully manage your financial life. You can schedule "refresher" sessions throughout your college career to make sure that you stay on the right path to financial success.
Is there any charge for Money Management Advising sessions?
No, all services offered by the Student Money Management Center are free of charge for UNG students.

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