CashCourse Enrollment Suprasses 300 Schools

NEFE Program Helps College Students Gain Financial Confidence

Date: October 23, 2009

Contact: Paul Golden 303-224-3514, [email protected]

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLORADO—As students across the country make their way onto campuses, the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) welcomes its 300th school to CashCourse®, a free online financial education resource for colleges.Central Oregon Community College (COCC) joins the group of public and private nonprofit colleges and universities that are implementing the resource, which now stands at 320. And in doing so, the school received $300 to help promote CashCourse to its students.

“What I love about CashCourse is the scope of information available,” says Breana Sylwester, financial aid advisor at COCC. “It isn’t just financial aid resources for grants and loans, but also budgeting tools, information on accessing your credit report and other consumer information.”

Launched in fall 2007, CashCourse has expanded its unbiased, noncommercial content to include helpful worksheets, articles and Web tools to ensure colleges fill in the gaps of financial knowledge within their students. From addressing specific questions related to living on or off campus, to information on applying for loans, CashCourse answers every college student’s financial concern.

“There are a lot of unrealized costs that can hit college students,” says Amy Hartenstine, project manager for CashCourse. “The need for this resource is indisputable. It’s not uncommon for students to have to make decisions about financial issues they are not familiar with or have no experience in making.”

Sylwester says that with increased enrollment at COCC over the past few years, her department is so overwhelmed with processing financial aid that they are unable to provide students with resources like budgeting workshops. With CashCourse, she now can deliver that information on the school’s Web site.

“It’s amazing how many students have never sat down to develop a personal budget,” Sylwester says. “CashCourse walks them through how to do it, while providing fundamental information so they can make informed decisions.”

For more information on how schools are using CashCourse and to see the Web site’s new design, visit



  • Paul Golden

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