“MSU, and our department, could not implement a program like this without generous community partners and collaborators. MSUFCU provides not only an expert role around credit and lending, but also is a valuable sponsor so that we make the event fun and enjoyable for all.”— Erica Tobe, MSU Assistant Professor
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Published: Jul 22, 2019

MSUFCU Returns to Grandparents University for Financial Literacy

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Family summertime fun took center stage on the campus of Michigan State University on Tuesday, June 25 – Thursday, June 27, with MSUFCU participating in the annual Grandparents University program.


Grandparents University is a three-day educational opportunity for more than 1,300 alumni (grandparents) and their grandchildren (ages 8-12) to spend time at MSU together. Families experienced college life, from living in the residence halls for a few days, to attending fun and interactive classes across campus, while exploring all that MSU has to offer.


MSUFCU instructed two class sessions titled, “Cash Conversations with the Credit Union.” During both sessions, grandparents and grandchildren worked together to come up with ideas about what makes credit unions and banks similar and different, followed by a “Price is Right” style game that taught the idea of needs versus wants, as well as the actual cost of items they might like to purchase. The session ended with a discussion about saving, spending, and sharing and a budgeting activity known as “The Bean Game.”


“I have been instructing at Grandparents University for several years now and it still ranks up there as one of my all-time favorite programs,” said Paul, an MSUFCU Financial Educator. “Every summer I get to see great interaction between grandparents and their grandchildren, which is heartwarming. Not only is their great bonding happening, but they’re learning a lot of important information, like financial literacy!”


Grandparents University has more than financial education offerings, as topics span several educational subjects, hobbies, games, and more. To find out more information about Grandparents University, go to https://alumni.msu.edu/learn/on-campus/grandparents-university/. Registration is open to everyone on a first-come, first served basis. Plan ahead and hopefully MSUFCU will see you on campus next summer!