Ocean County College First-Year Students Get Financial Guidance Through Reality Fair Program

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – The New Jersey Credit Union Financial Reality Fair program visited students and faculty at Ocean County College yesterday, counseling 100 students on financial literacy. Volunteers from Credit Union of New Jersey, Healthcare Employees FCU, Jersey Shore FCU, Members 1st of NJ FCU, the New Jersey Credit Union League, Novartis FCU, Symbionce, and United Teletech Financial FCU manned the lifestyle booths and provided financial counseling.

This was the third year that Ocean County College made the Reality Fair program a co-curricular requirement for the college’s First Year Experience course. Seven classes came to the Health and Human Performance Center gymnasium for a brief orientation and then were set loose to build their hypothetical lifestyles, pretending they just graduated and have started working in an entry-level position in their field of study.

Some students managed to live within their means while others discovered some of their choices put them in the red. Each student reviewed their experience and choices with a financial counselor.

This is the eighth Reality Fair held at the main campus of the college.

Click here to see more photos from the Fair on the NJ CU Foundation page.

Upcoming Reality fairs are taking place on the dates below. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Marissa Anema at manema@njcul.org.

    April 20 – Bridgeton High School Sponsored by Members 1st of NJ FCU (Bridgeton)

    April 27 – Millville Senior High School Sponsored by Thunderbolt Area FCU (Millville)

    May 16 – Randolph High School Sponsored by Visions FCU (Randolph)

    May 18 – Alder Middle School Sponsored by Jersey Shore FCU (Egg Harbor Township)

    May 24 – Woodstown High School Sponsored by Members 1st of NJ FCU (Woodstown)

    June 1 – Fernwood Middle School Sponsored by Jersey Shore FCU (Egg Harbor Township)

    June 8 – Veteran's Memorial Intermediate School Sponsored by Thunderbolt Area FCU (Vineland)

    June 12 – Ewing High School Sponsored by Credit Union of New Jersey (Ewing)

in NJ CU Foundation News