All student loan borrowers are out to get an education, but for those who belong to credit unions, a different kind of schooling might be in store. Some credit unions say they're placing an emphasis on educating their student loan recipients about the borrowing process, from application submission through repayment.

The $1.5 billion, Madison, Wis.-based University of Wisconsin Credit Union, for example, just announced the launch of a free exit counseling program for students graduating in May or this summer. UW CU will host in-person educational seminars on six University of Wisconsin campuses.

The credit union's seminar topics will include estimated student loan payments, repayment options, who to contact with questions, federal financial aid, post-college budgeting and how student loans can affect personal credit history.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.