Atlanta University Center Consortium

Financial Literacy and Empowerment Model Resource List


Community-Wealth — provides comprehensive information on state-of-the-art strategies for community-based economic development. Visit:

Equifax — offers online Equifax credit score plus identity protection tools with daily monitoring and alerts. Visit:

Federal Reserve Education — offers consumer group educational resources to promote personal financial responsibility, exposes young people to exciting careers in economics and finance, and educates on the role of the Federal Reserve System in the global economy; Building Wealth Workbooks. Visit:

National Financial Educators Council — provides online and site-based Certified Financial Education Instructor program to help individuals acquire the expertise, credibility, self-assurance, and certification needed to teach money management lessons effectively; also provides resources, research, and program management tools. Visit:

Prosperity NOW Scorecard — provides info to residents of your state on how they fare financially and how your lawmakers can help; customizing data reports, comprehensive resources and view,  highlights, offers analysis of financial security and stability. Visit:

Center for Responsible Lending — CRL conducts in-depth research on the extent and impact of predatory lending to provide useful information to consumers, community advocates and policymakers alike. Visit:

Securities Exchange Commission —  online SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy provides a variety of services and tools to address the problems and questions consumers may face as investors; (exp. Ask Questions on Investments brochure). Visit:

BankON Atlanta — online collaboration of resources providing consumers practical financial skills that will enable them and small businesses to manage their finances and plan for the future for economic success; list of resources, workshops and provider agencies. Contact: Terica Black Bashir, project manager, Mayor’s Office of Innovation & Perform, 404-865-8950 (office); 404-803-9322 (cell), or

Federal Depositors Insurance — online, print and audio curriculum and resources; Money Smart comprehensive financial education curriculum to help low- and moderate-income individuals and businesses outside the financial mainstream enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships. Contact Elaine Hunter, Community Affairs Specialist,, or visit:

Cities for Financial Empowerment — online Standards for workshops and facilitators. Visit:

National Financial Educators Council — online complimentary downloads of educational curriculum and materials. Visit:

Georgia Watch — online Consumer Guide for Medical Bills and Debt; state’s leading nonprofit consumer advocacy organization ensuring residents are informed and protected on matters that impact their quality of life through education and advocacy on opportunity gaps, health disparities and protection of consumers’ hard-earned income. Visit:

National Association for Consumer Advocates — online self-paced Debt Defense course helps participants find attorneys and obtain optimal results for all debt collection. Visit

American Student Assistance — online program of American Student Assistance SALT program helps students plan, pay, repay college debt; certifications for financial counselors available; refer to SAS for more details; student scholarships info available through Cappex.comBig Future and

Bankrate — online consumer information and tools on mortgages, banking, credit cards, loans, investing and personal finance. Visit:

Club Thrifty  — review of 10 best free and fee web-based apps for managing personal finances including, Personal Capital, Tiller, You Need a Budget, Mint, Every Dollar and more. Visit:

SEEDCO (in Georgia) — EarnBenefits Online® is a password-protected, website-based software application developed by Seedco to calculate eligibility for 20 benefits or more after a short interview, which populates application forms and saves them to client profiles, enabling users to focus on ensuring accurate and complete information. Visit

AARP — 99 ways to save on personal finance tips for consumers. Visit:

SunTrust — Momentum onUp® is an industry-leading workplace financial wellness program with proven results to benefit your employees and your business through a customized financial education profile, self-directed online modules, or instructor-led training offered onsite or virtually, financial counseling, tools and solutions, My MoneyDesktop, to provide a personal financial management tool that enables employees to manage their accounts, their debt, and their future all in one single view; also business and commercial products and services. Visit:

Bank of America — online personal finance education through Better Money Habits program by managing your personal finances and making smart financial decisions now. Visit:

Wells Fargo — online resources and tools (My Financial Guide) to empower you with financial knowledge, resources, and customized tools to help you understand where you are and options available. Visit:

Regions Bank — online financial seminars; Next Step (personal, small business, commercial, insights). Visit:

The Power of Fair Lending: Where Your Civil Rights and Your Money Meet


Tim Wise is a prominent anti-racist writer and educator.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Federal Fair Housing Act, Metro Fair Housing Services Inc., the Atlanta University Center Consortium, and the U.S. HUD Region IV Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity is presenting “The Power of Fair Lending: Where Your Civil Rights and Your Money Meet!”

Schedule to speak at this event is prominent anti-racist writer and educator Tim Wise, author of “Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.”

Passed April 11, 1968, seven days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Federal Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, expanded on acts and prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, and since 1974, gender; since 1988, the act protects people with disabilities and families with children.

Open to the all AUC students, faculty and general public. Registration for this event is required. Register here.



Saturday, April 28, 2018
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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Bishop Cornelius Henderson Student Center Multipurpose Room
Clark Atlanta University
755 Atlanta Student Movement Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30314
$3 parking in deck across the street

Money Smart Week: April 23-28, 2018


The Atlanta University Center Consortium in partnership with Clark Atlanta University’s Financial Literacy Initiative will host the

Third Annual Money Smart Week

Monday, April 23

“Free Credit Check Monday”

Fifth Third Bank’s E-Bus will be on the Clark Atlanta University Promenade for students and all the AUC community to receive credit counseling, financial review, and other tools at no cost. Professional financial credit counselors will be on hand to provide a free credit check up and credit advice.

Tuesday, April 24

“Money Fair Tuesday”

A day of fun on the Clark Atlanta University Promenade for students and members of the community to engage with various organizations, companies and professionals for free services, opportunities, resources, and assistance from Fifth Third Bank’s E-Bus.

Wednesday, April 25

“Mo Money Wednesday”

Transitional coach Jennifer Jackson will help attendees move through various aspects of life:

  1. How to best prepare financially for entrepreneurship — Bootstrapping? Small business loans? Grants?
  2. Being a part of the workforce — 401K? Life insurance? Benefits?
  3. Life after graduation — Student loan repayment? Buying a car? Buying a home/renting? Credit versus debt?

Saturday, April 28

Fair Housing ACT Conference


Communiversity: Home Buying 101 Workshop


The Atlanta University Center Consortium’s CommUniversity program presents a “FREE” first-time home-buyer workshop for area residents interested in HUD-approved down payment assistance programs. All registered participants who complete the eight-hour course facilitated by Metro Fair Housing Services Inc. will receive a certificate of eligibility that can be used toward down-payment assistance in the process of purchasing a home. Come and learn how to budget for home ownership, correct credit issues, understand the home-buying process, negotiate sales contracts, and prevent housing discrimination. Register early to assure a space at the workshop. Breakfast is provided and light refreshments. Parking is free on in the parking lots. No children allowed. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day, so register now and bring a friend!

Date and Time

Saturday, April 21, 2018

9 a.m. to noon (an overview of topics in preparation for eight-hour workshop at a date to be determined)

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Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy

1190 Northwest Drive, NW

Atlanta, GA 30318

Financial Empowerment Series


Good credit is the gatekeeper to every thing from homeownership to securing cable. In two upcoming CommUniversity workshops, Common Cents: Financial Empowerment Series and Homebuyer Workshop, get free admission, free lunch, prizes and tips on how to increase credit score and make ends meet. From baby boomer to millennial, financial literacy will lead to better life choices.

Don’t miss the Financial Empowerment series workshop Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Get free admission, prizes, lunch, and down payment assistance.

Homebuyer Seminar


Register today!

Homebuyer Workshop: First-time Homebuyer

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

The Veranda at Scholars Landing

130 Lawshe St. 

Atlanta, GA 30314

Parking is $3 and lunch provided to those who preregister 

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Are you looking to buy a home? Are you ready to build a future and invest in your family? Register now to attend a Free HUD-Approved Homebuyer Workshop

Come learn about:

  • Budgeting for home ownership
  • Correcting credit issues
  • Qualifying for down-payment assistance
  • Obtaining foreclosure deals
  • Completing the home-buying process

Participants who complete all requirements are eligible for a down-payment assistance certificate.

Call 404-523-5148, ext. 1525 for more details                     

Common Cents Saturdays


Financial Empowerment Series

Need help getting out of debt? Want to stop living paycheck to paycheck? Want advice on how to improve your credit score? Need tips on how to buy a home or save for retirement? CommUniversity offers free financial empowerment classes during our Common Cents Saturdays series. 

This four-week series is designed to help participants make smarter financial decisions. Topics include budgeting, saving, raising credit scores, planning for emergencies, and avoiding predatory lending.

Learn how to:

  • Develop a financial plan
  • Raise your credit score
  • Plan for emergencies
  • Choose the best loan
  • Avoid predatory lending
  • Budget to make ends meet
  • Build financial confidence
  • Prepare for homeownership and retirement
  • Manage credit and debt
  • Increase savings and/or investments


Common Cents Saturdays

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017


Saturday, April 14, 2018

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Veranda at Scholars Landing Multipurpose Room

130 Lawshe St.

Atlanta GA. 30314

Free: parking in rear of building


door prizes

 Call 404-523-5148 for information

Must attend all of the session to receive a certificate

To register, click here.

Building Wealth in the Black Community


From credit cards to student loans, learn how to master your debt at the four-day Clark Atlanta University and Atlanta University Center Consortium Financial Literacy Initiative, Friday, Nov. 4, through Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Highlights of the event include a special performance by New Orleans rapper Dee-1, who has rapped about paying off his student loans; a viewing of “The Film Black Friday,” a documentary that examines the spending habits of African-Americans, chronicles the bad financial moves we as a people make, and offers solutions on how to manage our $1.2 trillion buying power; and a “Talk Back” discussion with celebrity panelists from the documentary.

Panelists include: Spelman alumna and financial coach Gianna Brown, life coach Ona Brown, Grammy Award-winning music producer and empire-builder David Banner, entrepreneur and radio veteran David Anderson, media mogul and Morehouse man Munson Steed, natural hair proponent and empowerment guru Mushiya, and image and community rebuilder Freeway Rick Ross, and visual storyteller and director Ric Mathis.

All events held at Clark Atlanta University Student Center. RSVP at

See the schedule of events.

Contact Us



AUC Consortium Office

Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc.
Phone: 404-523-5778
Fax:   404-525-7377
P.O. Box 92527
156 Mildred Street
Atlanta, GA 30314

CommUniversity Staff

Tamala Fortson
Interim Executive Director


Anthony Otey
CommUniversity Program Manager
404-523-5148, x1525


Angela Yarbrough
Executive Assistant


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