Reality Fair Season Kicks Off with First Fair of the School Year at Rutgers University Busch Campus

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers Federal Credit Union hosted its third Reality Fair at Rutgers University on the college’s Busch Campus on Friday for over 100 students.

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The Reality Fair was held in conjunction with a seminar, led by NJCUL's Barbara Agin, on credit scores to help students learn more about what it means to establish credit.

Students were given an online survey to provide financial information, including estimated annual salaries and credit scores, which the New Jersey Credit Union Foundation used to create customized budget worksheets for each student.

Foundation Executive Director Marissa Anema led each group of students through an orientation before letting them navigate through the Fair’s lifestyle booths, where they spoke with volunteers from various credit unions and the University itself. After visiting each booth, students then sat down with financial counselors to learn from their experience and receive advice on how they managed their finances.

Thank you to the volunteers from Rutgers FCU and Rutgers University as well those from Credit Union of New Jersey, CUNA, Healthcare Employees FCU, Manville Area FCU, the New Jersey Credit Union League, Pinnacle FCU, Raritan Bay FCU, and XCEL FCU!

Additional photos are available on the Foundation’s Facebook page.

Upcoming Reality Fairs are taking place on the dates below. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Marissa Anema at

    November 2, 2018 – Rutgers University Camden Campus Sponsored by Rutgers FCU (Camden)

    November 14, 2018 – Ewing High School Sponsored by Credit Union of New Jersey (Ewing)

    November 20, 2018 - Manville High School Sponsored by Manville Area FCU (Manville)

    November 28, 2018 – Woodrow Wilson High School Sponsored by South Jersey FCU (Camden)

    December 5, 2018 – Howard M. Phifer Middle School Sponsored by South Jersey FCU (Pennsauken)

    December 12, 2018 – Ocean County College Sponsored by NJ CU Foundation (Toms River)

    December 13, 2018 –  Bridgeton High School Sponsored by Members 1st of NJ FCU (Bridgeton)

    December 18, 2018 –  Manchester High School Sponsored by the Foundation (Manchester)