Second “Empower U” Conference Focuses on Serving Young Adults, Brings Together More Than Forty Credit Unions

Credit Union Student Choice, the foremost provider of higher education financing solutions to America’s credit unions, hosted its second Empower U Summit Sept. 28 & 29 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. More than 60 credit union representatives from 42 credit unions nationwide learned from expert speakers about the current climate of student lending and how to connect with millennials.

The event began with breakout sessions led by Student Choice…

Student Loans About More Than Just The Loan

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Credit unions often see private student lending as simply an addition to the loan portfolio while also helping to provide a needed service to the community. But one analyst questions whether credit unions also see how the product builds the CU’s future.

Jim Holt, chief revenue officer for CU Student Choice, reminds that private student lending establishes younger…

Why CU Student Lending Works

Credit Union Student Choice President Scott Patterson was recently featured on CU Broadcast to discuss how credit unions can benefit from offering private student loan solutions — along with why it’s a growing trend, how it works, the state of student lending today, and more.

 

Watch part one and stay tuned for part two, where Scott shares credit union student lending success stories.

Why Student Lending is a Growing…

Private Student Loans – The Truth about Delinquency

Private vs Federal Private Student LoansIt’s the dirty word of any lending program – “default.” And it’s particularly scary when it comes to student lending, given all the negative press surrounding record student loan debt in America. If you’ve read articles about the student debt crisis and default rates, you may be leery of instituting or expanding a program at your credit union. However, a…

The New “Rs” In Education Finance

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While these well-known “R’s” may be outdated in today’s education world, back in 2011 we showed how they could serve as a helpful tool for credit unions that were evaluating the risk and rewards of private student lending.  But just as standards have changed in education, so has the landscape shifted for education lenders.

So what are some of the new “R’s” that…

Developing a Private Student Lending Program That Lasts

Private Student Loan Balance held by the Credit Union IndustryOver the past several years, hundreds of credit unions have entered the private student lending market. By focusing on several important pillars, these credit unions are delivering a valuable solution to borrowers while also returning positive results to their bottom line.

It may seem daunting to dip your toes into the student lending pool, but the basics…

Who is Responsible for Student Loan Debt?

It was the number heard ‘round the world: American college students have amassed over $1 trillion in student loan debt. To many consumers, that number painted a picture of greedy colleges and lenders cashing in on their American dream. It’s easy in hindsight to point a finger at lenders for taking advantage of borrowers, or at colleges for allowing their students to get in over their heads. Whose fault is it really? There isn’t…

How Do Your Student Loans Affect Your Credit Score

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The impact of student loans on your credit rating

Written by: Sarah Miller for Student Choice

We recently talked about how your credit (or lack thereof) can affect your eligibility for student loans. But there’s another important way student loans and credit are tied to one another. Once your student loans go into repayment, the way you handle those payments can have an impact on…

Beware of Scams Targeting College Students

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Beware of scams that target college students!

Written by: Lisa Phelps for Student Choice

As a new college student, you may be the target of some unlawful folks looking for money, trying to steal your identity or hoping to cause you a lot of unnecessary hassle. International students, who are busy learning about a new country and its culture, are particularly vulnerable to scams,…

What is a Credit Union – Explaining the Basics

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What is a Credit Union? 

Written by: Lisa Phelps for Student Choice

Good question. As the famous song says, let’s start at the very beginning… and keep in mind, this one post only scratches the surface about credit unions – there are tons of great things about credit unions, so the best thing to do is find one in your neighborhood (you…