During College Application Week (CAW) held in November, State Employees'
Credit Union (SECU) personnel offered their assistance to North Carolina
high school seniors completing and submitting free online college
applications. Sponsored by College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC)
and Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions
Officers (CACRAO), the week-long event provided graduating high school
seniors the opportunity to apply to at least one college or university
online using CFNC.org, with a primary focus of assisting
first-generation students who may not otherwise apply to college.
Approximately 160 Credit Union employees from 81 SECU branches
volunteered their support for the effort, which this year helped 6,500
senior students at participating high schools across the state complete
and submit more than 8,800 online applications to NC colleges and
universities. At the high schools where SECU peronnel assisted, the
number of students participating in the 2012 Week surpassed last year's
efforts by close to 2,800 students!
SECU first began assisting with College Application Week in 2009,
piloting the program with volunteer staff from six Credit Union
branches. The success of that pilot program encouraged SECU personnel to
offer assistance on a larger scale in subsequent years. The Credit Union
has also been participating in Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) Day with CFNC and the North Carolina Association of Student
Financial Aid Association each February since 2009, helping students and
their families apply for state and federal financial aid for college.
Krista Loew, SECU Vice President of IRA Services, serves as the Credit
Union's CAW coordinator. She comments, "College Application Week is a
great opportunity for SECU to join in providing support and
encouragement to high school seniors focusing on their education.
Completing a college application can be intimidating - helping seniors
work through the process is an enjoyable and rewarding experience for
our employees. This year's event was very successful and we look forward
to future CAW events."
SECU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members.
SECU has been providing the employees of the State of North Carolina and
their families with consumer financial services for 75 years. With close
to 1.8 million members, SECU provides services through 245 branch
offices, 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website, www.ncsecu.org.
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