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Royal Credit Union Announces The Smart Connection

Tuesday, September 6, 2016  
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Royal Credit Union - EAU CLAIRE, WI (September 6, 2016) - Royal Credit Union (Royal) has launched a new program designed specifically for the 18-to-25 year-old crowd. The Smart Connection, geared toward young adults, kicked off on September 1, 2016. The Smart Connection is designed to help students learn and grow during the years that follow their 18th birthday. Between the ages of 18 and 25, young adults are budgeting for higher education, a first apartment, first checking account, first car loan or first home purchase; the list is endless.


Megan Larsen, smart connection team lead, Cooper Larson, Wisconsin smart connection intern, and Veronica Nelson, Minnesota smart connection intern will share how their stories unfold through blog posts on and social media platforms in hopes that others can relate. This team is engaging in the communities’ Royal serves, and hanging out at college campuses in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. They will share financial education and budgeting tips on the campuses of UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, UW-River Falls, UW-Barron County, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.


“We want the 25 and under crowd to know that the Smart Connection team is here for them,” said Megan Larsen, smart connection team lead. “Our team of fiscally fit young women will help connect them to financial resources so they can conquer adulting like a pro.”


To kick off the start of a new school year, the Smart Connection is hosting a #StartOutSmart social media campaign. Students will have the chance to win one of four $500 back to school gift baskets or one of 20 $50.00 gift cards. Entering to win is as simple as taking a selfie and sharing to Royal’s Facebook page, Twitter @Royal_CU or Instagram @RoyalCreditUnion. Entries must include the hashtags #StartOutSmart and #SmartConnection. Students should post their images by September 19 and give a shout out to their campus in the post.


About the Smart Connection

Smart Connection, powered by Royal Credit Union, is a unique program designed specifically for the 25-and-under crowd.  The Smart Connection team is here to help you learn and grow, connecting you to financial resources, so you too can conquer adulting like a pro. We’re the Smart Connection to your financial future. Learn more about the Smart Connection program and team here.


About Royal Credit Union

Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union serving over 160,000 Members with 24 full service offices. RCU Minnesota offices are located in Edina, Coon Rapids, and St. Paul. Wisconsin offices are located in Amery, Balsam Lake, Chippewa Falls, Colby, Eau Claire, Hudson, Menomonie, New Richmond, Osceola, Rice Lake, River Falls, St. Croix Falls, Somerset and Whitehall. You can open an account or apply for a low-cost loan at RCU if you live or work in 23 counties in Western Wisconsin, 12 counties in the Twin Cities Metro in Minnesota, or are a Realtor in Wisconsin or Minnesota. Visit or call RCU at 1-800-341-9911 for more information

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