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Bank of Hawaii Volunteers Teach Students About Paying for College During ‘Get Smart About Credit Day’

Thursday, October 18, 2018


Bank of Hawaii volunteers reached out to more than 2,600 teens at 26 intermediate schools, high schools and select locations across Hawaii in support of national Get Smart About Credit Day.

Now in its 16th year, the annual event is sponsored by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation. To help students prepare for life after high school, Bank of Hawaii focused on the ABA’s 2018 “Paying for College” lesson plan, which offered role play for students and examples of real-life scenarios which introduced students to the elements they should consider when choosing how to finance their college education. The “Get Smart About Credit” program shared resources with students that can help them make the right decision for their circumstances and ability to pay for higher education.

In addition to helping students make informed financial decisions and providing resources for financing a college education, the program also emphasizes the importance of maintaining credit worthiness, motivates students to budget and manage their money and provides insights on how to protect their identities.

Besides impacting students in the state of Hawaii, Bank of Hawaii volunteers also worked with young adults in schools and select locations throughout Guam, Saipan, Palau and American Samoa and will continue to do so throughout the month of October.