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 an hour at your convenience to complete it.
Student Loan Debt Relief Program ▼
The Biden Administration's Student Loan Debt Relief Plan was announced. The link will take you directly to the details that have been released so far, although studentaid.gov has endured frequent crashes since the announcement.
- The Department has income information for only 8 million, out of 43 million borrowers. Which means they still need income information for 81% of the population.
- Borrowers who need to supply income information will be required to fill out an application. The administration has said this will be available in the coming weeks.
- Borrowers who made payments during the repayment pause may request a refundfor payments made on or after March 13, 2020.
When should I pay my student loan? ▼
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the 0% interest rate and payment pause has been extended through December 31, 2022.
For more information view the following links:
ECMC Your Loan Resource ▼
Student Loan Tips ▼
Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents
Quarantine Goals: Ten Things to Do Without Leaving Your Home to Improve Your Financial Well-Being
3 Ways to Pay Down Federal Student Loans That Are in Forbearance Due to the Coronavirus
How to be prepared for repayment
- Know your next payment due date by logging into your servicer's website.
- Set up your auto-draft payments so you don't miss a payment in the future.
- Remember that ECMC Solutions can help you determine the best path forward with all of your repayments options.
Student Loan Awareness ▼
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.
Student Loan Resource Videos ▼
Student Loan Counseling Tools ▼
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.
Financial Aid Office
Office: (541) 440-4602