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Credit for Life Fair

posted Mar 16, 2015, 8:41 AM by Pathfinder Webmaster   [ updated Mar 16, 2015, 8:41 AM ]

What is the Credit for Life Fair? 

 

The Credit for Life Fair is a financial literacy exercise sponsored by Country Bank where high school seniors are asked to make decisions on how to spend their money.  Students role-play the position of a 25-year old adult with a career, a salary, and a credit score.  They are assigned a mock checking and savings account balance and possibly a student loan payment, depending on the career choice they selected.  Based on their mock salary, they must make decisions that affect their finances, such as renting an apartment on their own or having a roommate, buying or leasing a vehicle, purchasing furniture, and saving for their retirement. There is a booth set up for each financial decision the students will have to make. Our goal for the students is to have a better understanding of their future fiscal responsibilities.  We teach them about balancing a budget and making choices about their finances.  They also learn how one financial choice can greatly impact another.

 

One of the most important booths at the Credit for Life Fair is the credit score booth. We use this booth to educate the students on what a credit score is and how their future will be impacted with a low, med, or high credit score.  Students are given a completely random credit score at the very beginning of the fair which will greatly affect their experience.

 

Lastly, credit counselors will review each student’s final budget one-on-one to ensure solvency or to help students learn how to live within their means.  Managing their own budget and seeing the actual cost of things will leave students with a whole new perspective on real-life financial management.  Please visit www.countrybank.com to view one of our Credit for Life fairs. 

 

If you would like more information on the Credit for Life Fair, please contact Jodie Gerulaitis, Financial Education Officer, at 1-800-322-8233, ext. 2024.

If you have any questions or concerns about your senior attending

Country Bank’s Credit for Life Fair please call the Pathfinder Guidance Office

to speak with your son/daughter’s counselor.