Get Ready for College

It’s really happening! After all the working and studying, dreaming and planning, your student is off to college. Your whole family has a lot to think about and adjust for during this new adventure, and UW Credit Union can help make things easier.


Parent College Checklist

Below is some useful information to help parents (and students!) navigate the college journey.

    • Download a spending plan worksheet.
      Download our worksheet and fill out with your student.
    • Decide on a budget.
      The spending plan worksheet will help you and your student set goals and limits.
    • Plan for emergency expenses.
      Consider getting your student a credit card with a low limit for emergencies.
    • Don’t forget insurance.
      Health insurance, auto insurance and a renters policy are all common.
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A student spending time with fellow students in the library.

Student College Checklist

  • Open an account.
    Explore all our checking accounts available for college students.
  • Download our Mobile App.
    Connect your account to your phone for easy mobile access and to help keep track of your money.
  • Browse our Financial Guide.
    Set the foundation for a bright financial future by following our tips for students.
  • Are you an international student?
    We have everything you need to manage your finances while you study in the U.S.


Accounts for Every Age and Every Stage

All our accounts offer a hassle-free way for your whole family to manage their finances—whether your student needs the simplicity of our Clear Account or you want the money-saving features offered with our Rewards Checking.

Whichever account you choose, you’ll benefit from:

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How to Pay for College

Financing a college education doesn’t have to be stressful or confusing. Talk to us about your situation. We work with members to provide affordable financing options.

We’ll always recommend your lowest cost option first – usually federal student aid. If you need additional funding, we offer Private Student Loans to help you pay for tuition and other educational expenses.

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What Is a Credit Union?

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives. Everyone who joins a credit union becomes a member-owner, with a vote and a say in how the credit union is run.

Credit unions return profits to members in the form of lower loan rates, higher savings dividends, fewer fees, and expanded products and services.

UW Credit Union is a full-service financial organization. We provide spending, saving, borrowing and investing resources for our nearly 250,000 members, including thousands of college students in Wisconsin and beyond.

Our commitment is to help make your life easier and improve your financial well-being.

Become a Member of UW Credit Union

Joining UW Credit Union is easy when you’re the parent of a college student. Learn more about membership and how to get started.

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