Student-Run Credit Union

Student-Run Credit Union

Program History

TBA Credit Union is committed to advocating financial literacy through creative programs designed especially for area youth.  The Student-Run Credit Union program is free and available to any school within 25 miles of TBACU. Credit union staff members help students operate their own school credit union branches:

  • providing financial education to students,
  • encouraging personal financial responsibility,
  • increasing student confidence,
  • developing responsibility and leadership skills,
  • promoting practical math applications and
  • cultivating career awareness and employ-ability skills.

In 2010, TBA Credit Union launched a unique program designed to encourage fiscal responsibility and leadership skills among area youth. Student-Run Credit Unions were introduced in four local schools that year in November and now fifteen operating branches exist throughout the five-county area. During the 2019-2020 school year, 210 student volunteers processed  455 transactions, helping peers from their schools save $6,582.31. The Student-Run Credit Union Program can operate in any school at no cost to participating districts.

If you would like to see a Student-Run Credit Union Program at your school, please contact the marketing team by emailing or by calling 231.946.7090.

What is Student-Run Credit Union?

Our Traverse Heights Elementary volunteers describing their Student-Run Credit Union positions.

Participating Schools

Blair Elementary
TCAPS Montessori
Cherry Knoll Elementary
Courtade Elementary 
Eastern Elementary 
Long Lake Elementary
The Pathfinder School
Traverse City Christian School
Willow Hill Elementary

Deposit Day Schedules

What do participants say?

“The SRCU (program) has been a very positive experience for the students of Cherry Knoll, as well as for my own son at Westwoods. Students learn about the value of saving, pre-employment skills, and reinforce classroom learning through real-world connections and application. We value our partnership with TBA Credit Union and look forward to continued collaboration for the benefit of our students and community.”

Chris Parker, administrator and SRCU program parent