Cash Rule$ Financial Education, offered by Los Angeles Federal Credit Union (LAFCU), provides a variety of convenient tools that teach high school and college students money management basics. The average student who graduates from high school lacks basic fundamentals in personal finance, according to the Washington, DC-based Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. LAFCU aims to empower students in the subject of personal finances, warn them of traps that impede their earnings and educate them about financial products that help their money grow! Cash Rule$ Financial Education teaches students how to:

  • Balance a checkbook
  • Borrow wisely and apply for loans
  • Budget monthly expenses
  • Establish and maintain credit
  • Make purchasing decisions
  • Manage a checking account
  • Manage debt successfully
  • Read a paycheck, difference between gross and net pay
  • Read statements from financial institutions
  • Save money regularly
  • Set short-term and long-term financial goals

Crash Course in Cash

"Crash Course in Cash," taught by our "Cash Rule$" Coordinator, is a personal finance course that helps students prepare for life after graduation. The class is a fun, interactive experience utilizing basic math concepts and real-life examples.

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"Guides to Independence™," offered through the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), is a series of short, online interactive tutorials that "guide" students toward financial independence.

Students learn through simulations, games, quizzes, and interactions among young characters who solve their money problems with help from their friends, experts, and their credit union. The tutorials include:

  • Course
  • 101
  • 102
  • 103
  • 201
  • 202
  • 203
  • 301
  • 302
  • 303
  • 304
  • 305
  • 401
  • 403
  • 404
  • 501


And much, much more!

As an added bonus, students receive between two to five FREE eMusic® downloads for completing each Guides to Independence Course. At the conclusion of each course, students will receive an eMusic code that they can redeem for downloads at: Students must be able to download eMusic Download Manager on their PC or Mac, before downloading. Music downloads work on iPods and all MP3 players.

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