Financial Wellness

Financial Wellness Workshops 2017-2018

Take control of your financial future (and eat pizza)!

Drop-in Financial Aid Advising

August 29 - September 8, Room 4314

Have a financial aid or budgeting question? Drop in to the Admissions and Financial Aid Office as the new school year kicks off, and get the year off to a successful start!

Fall MAX Workshop for 1Ls: MAXimizing Your Financial Future

September 19, noon to 1pm, Room 2260

Research shows that habit creation and ultimate goal achievement is optimized when you know your triggers and your motivations. Join this workshop to take the first step toward making better financial decisions now – and in the future.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn how to identify and evaluate your own financial decision-making behaviors;
  • Understand how your financial behaviors impact strategies for your short- and long-term financial goals;
  • Examine law school specific examples of your upcoming financial decisions; and,
  • Start thinking strategically about actions you can take to mitigate cost/risk and/or enhance potential opportunities. 

This workshop is being offered as a part of MAX by AccessLex, and by attending you will be entered into a drawing for several scholarships, including one worth up to $40,000!

Loan repayment group workshop for 2Ls & 3Ls

January 31, noon to 1pm, Room 3250

Create a Student Loan Repayment Strategy that's Right for You! 

You have many options when it comes to student loan repayment including a number of payment plans, consolidation options, and even the possibility for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Presented by AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit financial education provider, this workshop will guide you through creating your own Road to Zero strategy by helping you determine the payment plan that will best align with your current needs, future aspirations and financial goals.

Please RSVP here.

One-on-one student loan repayment counseling appointments

January 31, 1:30 to 5:30pm, Room 5350 (library study room)

February 1, 9:30 to 11:30am, Room 5350 (library study room)

We are also offering you the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with the presenter from AccessLex Institute if you need additional personalized assistance in navigating your loan portfolio. This is a great opportunity to get all your questions answered, especially if you have a more complex situation. 

These appointments are for students who would like more detailed guidance. It is highly recommend that you attend the group session on January 31 (above) to get a base knowledge of repayment prior to your appointment.

Space is limited, and for this reason appointments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis for 3Ls. You will need to bring your loan history print out from the National Student Loan Database (NSLDS: This will allow the presenter to give you the most accurate and detailed information possible including payment estimates under the various plans available.

If you are a 3L, please check your email for information about how to sign up for these appointments.

Spring MAX Workshop for 1Ls: 5 Steps to a Better Credit Score

February 1, noon to 1pm, Room 3250

Your credit score impacts your life in many ways. Whether you want to reduce the interest rates you pay on loans, plan to buy a house someday, or just want to take a smart step toward passing the character and fitness piece of the bar, this workshop is for you. You’ll learn what goes into your credit score, how information about your financial life is tracked, and what actions you can take to build and safeguard your credit. Get ready to learn strategies to maximize your credit score – and the financial and professional opportunities that go with it.

This workshop is being offered as a part of MAX by AccessLex, and by attending you will be entered into a drawing for several scholarships, including one worth up to $40,000!

Please RSVP here.

Federal Loan Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness

April 5th-6th, time and room location TBD

Presented by: Jeff Hanson

Dr. Jeff Hanson is a nationally-recognized economist who specializes in working with student loan borrowers to explore all options available for repayment, including the possibility of having federal student loan debt forgiven via your employment in a qualifying public service profession and/or income-driven repayment. These workshops will cover loan repayment options and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Dr. Hanson will also provide one-on-one appointments for third-year students to create their loan repayment action plan.

**Questions? Contact the Admissions and Financial Aid Office.


Thrifty Budget: Students whose personal circumstances allow them to cut expenses from the Standard Student Expense Budget should consider following the "Thrifty Budget". This budget assumes that you share a one-bedroom apartment with a roommate or spouse. 

MAX Program: MAX, made possible by AccessLex, is a comprehensive personal finance program designed for law students. During your 1L year, you’ll focus primarily on foundational elements that will prepare you for the 2L curriculum, which will in turn instill in you a confidence and readiness for the 3L material. MAX will be there for each step of your law school journey to make sure you are graduating with maximized financial capability! 

Events in Madison: Recommendations from the UW Law School community for fun and free activities in Madison.

Equal Justice Works: Equal Justice Works seeks to create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. They offer a number of resources on student debt, including free webinars and a student debt Ebook.

UWell Wisconsin: UWell is a comprehensive new wellness initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, aiming to advance the health and well being of the entire community by tapping resources already available but sometimes not widely used. UWell's Financial Wellness page provides links to a number of local and national resources.

Graduate School Financial Resources

UW Extension Financial Education Center

Center for Financial Security: The Center for Financial Security is an applied, multidisciplinary research center that seeks to inform practitioners, policymakers, and the general public on strategies for building financial capability and security over the life course. Their website provides a list of events and financial tools.

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