Everett Credit Union, in partnership with Credit Union Student Choice, recently grabbed the attention of more than 200 student and parents at a college planning seminar it held.
The seminar covered grants, scholarships, student loans and the importance of developing smart habits to ensure college readiness and success.
"Financial education is a core part of our mission and providing expert resources in the area of college financial planning is vital to our community," said Colleen Twinem, ECU vice president of operations. "We realize that preparing and paying for college is a confusing and stressful process for families. We've never had so many people attend a seminar and it's wonderful to shed some much needed light on the overall process."
Melissa Hunt, vice president of client relations and education at CU Student Choice, delivered the presentation to the parents and students.
"In conjunction with our partner credit unions, I've had the pleasure of delivering more than 50 college planning seminars over the last 12 months," said Hunt. "Nearly every credit union with whom I've worked has mentioned that this seminar has been the most highly attended of any seminar they've ever offered. Parents and students are understandably scared right now, and it's incredibly rewarding to help them make sense of the financial aid process."
Everett Credit Union started planning to put on the seminar shortly after it launched its student lending program with CU Student Choice in June 2009.
"We realized that this type of financial education was in high demand, and that it would help us truly connect with young adults and families in our community," said Twinem. "And most importantly, it will help these consumers make good financial and life decisions, something like that will help us all in the long run."