Auburn University is the first college to partner with Regions Bank on a program that will offer financial wellness tools to students, faculty, staff and alumni.
The Regions Next Step program will include on-demand, mobile-friendly learning courses, podcasts, interactive training from Regions professionals and seminars from financial leaders. The first of those seminars will feature financial literacy coach Eric Smith, who will host a Zoom session for Auburn employees from 12-1 p.m. and a session for students from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 21. Smith, whose topics will include the impact of COVID-19 on personal finances, will also speak to student athletes.
“Auburn strives to prepare our students for success academically and personally, and financial literacy is key to that success,” said Bill Hardgrave, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “By working with Regions, we are arming students with the knowledge they need to make smart, informed choices that form crucial habits before they graduate. We are grateful to Regions for sharing their expertise and taking a vested interest in our students’ futures.”
Auburn’s Student Government Association said students have often asked for more programming that teaches life skills, and that kind of programming has been one of the SGA’s strategic goals.
“I am so proud of this university for their continued work to support each student in every facet of life,” said SGA Treasurer Caroline Willoughby. “This initiative is the perfect demonstration of how much Auburn cares for the individual student. I look forward to the positive impact this has on students for years to come.”