CashCourse Meets Growing Demand in California

Community College System Launches Financial Literacy Campaign



Date: October 2, 2014

Contact: Paul Golden 303-224-3514, pdg@nefe.org

DENVER—With the financial well-being of their students in mind, the California Community College System (CCCS) is partnering with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) to exclusively offer CashCourse—the free online financial education resource for college students—to the 2.1 million students throughout the 112-school system.

Word has quickly spread about this noncommercial initiative that prepares students with life skills relevant today and in the long-term. Since the agreement between NEFE and CCCS in August, more than 50 California community colleges have enrolled in CashCourse with many more to follow. More importantly, however, this partnership serves as a model for other states to prioritize their youth’s financial stability.

“Promoting a culture of financial literacy on our campuses is the key to fostering student success,” says CCCS Chancellor Brice W. Harris. “(CashCourse) is easy to use and has several exciting features to help students track their spending, learn about banking or health insurance, and even offers advice on loaning money to friends, making it useful for everyday life.”

CashCourse is available to every community college student by registering on the website, www.cashcourse.org. To reinforce recent loan counseling requirements, students with outstanding loans will be strongly encouraged to participate in at least some of the modules.

Additionally, the website features software, articles, videos and a financial dictionary that helps students build necessary financial literacy skills. Money management, decision making and navigating student loans are among the more popular topics. Classroom financial literacy courses also will be available to students, as community college faculty and staff have access to NEFE’s resources to build curricula complete with homework assignments and quizzes.

About the California Community Colleges

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 112 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges provide workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Bureau of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges, visit http://www.cccco.edu.

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Contacts

  • Paul Golden

    Media Relations Director

    Direct: 303-224-3514
    Cell: 303-918-3620
    pdg@nefe.org

  • Patricia (Pat) Seaman

    Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

    Direct: 303-224-3538
    pas@nefe.org