Financial Well-Being

What is the Money Talks Series?

In the Money Talks Series, we want the Mason community to have the tools needed find their own financial well-being. This is done by providing Mason students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends and families with a series of financial topics centered around financial literacy.  These topics will cover such areas as student loan repayment, credit, budget, understanding student financial aid options.  Keep an eye out for the upcoming episodes from the Money Talks Series and know that you too can achieve your own life goals while being financially well!

Upcoming Events

Money Talks Series Will Return Fall 2022

Previous Presentations


Understanding Financial Aid Options and the Impact of Covid-19 – In this virtual presentation we were able to discuss how to apply for all financial aid options, including federal aid, private loans, scholarships, and grants. Information was provided about the difference in FAFSA years and what being selected for verification means. In addition, more information was given about how COVID-19 impacts interest on student loans. This presentation was held during National First Gen Week, however all Mason students were encouraged to attend as we will talked through all aid options. At the end of the event, attendees were able to identify one financial aid option and explain how covid-19 has impacted student loans.

Financial Well-Being Day in Arlington –  The Financial Well-Being team in SSAC hosted their 1st annual Financial Well-Being Day in Arlington on October 21, 2021. This event took place on the Arlington campus and was open to students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other members of the Mason community but a majority of the content was specifically focused on Graduate, Professional, and Law students. There was time set aside during the day to meet with a member of SSAC’s Financial Well-Being team, as well attend a hybrid informational workshop entitled “Understanding Financial Aid Options and the Impact of COVID-19.  Attendees ended the event with increased knowledge about the different aid options and confidence on achieving financial well-being.

Presentation slides can be viewed here: Understanding Financial Aid Options & The Impact of COVID-19

Student Loan Repayment Information Session for University Employees -  Navigating and setting up your student loan repayments can be confusing, but it does not have to be.  This presentation primarily focused on federal direct student loan repayments, and briefly discussed private loans and Perkins loans. We discussed all loan forgiveness options as well as Public Service Loan Forgiveness and how to set up an income driven repayment plan. In addition, we outlined how your employment at George Mason University can qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness and navigated this set up. Lastly, we explained how COVID-19 has impacted student loan repayments. Attendees ended the session with the confidence and ability to get started, or continue, on a path to successful student loan repayments.

Presentation slides can be viewed here: Student Loan Repayments For University Employees