Financial Wellness News

Meet Our Financial Wellness Counselor!

Kristian Brennon joins the School of Medicine as the Financial Wellness Counselor. She holds a degree in Finance and is designated as an Accredited Financial Counselor professional by the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education. She is passionate about personal finance and is excited to empower students to create positive financial habits.

Some fun facts about Kristian: She loves reading, crafting, and being outdoors! She also has her own personal finance blog that you can check out for more financial literacy topics here.

Stop by the 4th Floor Student Affairs Suite to say hello to Kristian!

What can you expect from Financial Wellness?

  • Meet 1:1 with Kristian to review your individual financial goals, build a budget, discuss a financial concern, financial aid status, and more!
  • Financial topics relevant to your year of medical school presented to you via class meetings or on-demand through Canvas.
  • Weekly financial wellness tips, resources, and scholarship information from the In the Know announcements.
  • Online tools such as our Financial Wellness Resource Center and AAMC Financial Wellness money management dashboard
  • Occasional events and giveaways

How to get in touch:

Simply email Kristian to set up a 1:1 Financial Wellness Check-in or ask your financial questions!

Her contact information is:

Kristian Brennon, AFC®

Financial Wellness Counselor

2411 Holmes St. MA-205A | Kansas City, MO 64108

P: 816-235-1807 | E:



Did you apply for FREE MONEY?

Students received an email last week from Financial Aid detailing information about the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. This is free emergency grant money as a result of the difficult economic times we are currently experiencing due to COVID-19. If awarded, you can have financial aid apply the funds to your bill, or have the funds sent straight to your bank account to cover personal expenses.  More information and eligibility requirements are below.

We encourage you to complete this short application as soon as possible as the funding pool will eventually run out.


The signing of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 has provided additional emergency financial aid grant funding to UMKC called the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III.  This grant may be used to assist students through the COVID-19 global pandemic that have exceptional needs related to educational costs, food, housing, health care (including mental care) or childcare. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrolled in the Spring 2021 term, Summer 2021 term, or Fall 2021 Term
  • Priority to students with financial need
  • Complete a Federal HEERF III Emergency Grant application

Award Amount

Grant amounts will be determined based upon a student’s need as calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you did not complete a FAFSA your need eligibility will be determined based on your grant application.

Disbursement Options

You will have the option on the grant application to indicate if you want the emergency grant to help pay your educational costs on your bill first. If this option is selected, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will apply the grant to your bill. If this option is not selected, the funds will be sent directly to you by check or direct deposit


Use the following link to submit your application

Applications will be reviewed and awards will be distributed in the order they are received until funding is depleted. We encourage students to apply as soon as possible.