Ocean County College’s ‘Ocean Views’ Magazine Highlights its ‘Love’ for the Reality Fair Program

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – In the “Things We Love” section of its Winter-Spring 2018 edition of its “Ocean View” magazine, Ocean County College highlighted the Financial Reality Fair program, which over the years has been integrated as a course component for the college’s transitional first year course. The article can be found on page 3.

The popular and growing Financial Reality Fair program made its seventh trip to the Main Campus in December 2017 to bring the hands-on financial literacy experience to 19 “First Year Experience” classes. This was the fourth year that OCC made the Financial Reality Fair a course component for the College’s transitional first year course. Over 350 students participated in this activity.

The Fair is a fun, hands-on experience where students learn about managing personal finances. After identifying their career choices and hypothetical starting salaries by completing a pre-survey, students were provided a budget worksheet requiring them to live within their monthly salary while paying for basics such as housing, utilities, transportation, clothing, and food. Of course, there were many temptations for additional spending as students try to learn to balance their wants and needs to live on their own. After they had visited all the booths, students balanced their budgets, then sat down with a Financial Counselor to review their standing.

The Fair is a unique opportunity for each student to experience some of the financial challenges they will face when they start life on their own.

The New Jersey Credit Union Foundation will bring the Reality Fair program back to OCC’s main campus on Monday, April 16, 2018. For more information or to register as a volunteer, please email Marissa Anema.