High school student at School $ense

School Sense

Our 31 in-school credit union locations make up our School $ense program and give students hands-on financial experience and education

About School $ense

School $ense is our signature financial education program that operates 31 student-run credit union locations in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Royal’s footprint.

By The Numbers

School $ense first started in 1993, meaning we have had student-run credit union locations for over 30 years! On average, School $ense students save more than $575,000 and make almost 15,000 transactions each school year. As an added incentive to help our elementary schools, for every 500 student deposits made, Royal donates $250 to their school.

Elementary School Programs

Our elementary sites are staffed by fourth and fifth graders. These young students complete a job application and go through an interview and training process where they learn about Royal's computer system, confidentiality, Member service, marketing, and more. Elementary school sites are open once a week, usually in the morning or over lunch, so students and faculty can transact on their accounts. For every fourth deposit made, elementary savers receive a prize. There are three levels of prizes available to encourage the students to continue to save for a larger prize.

Middle School Programs

The middle school sites are staffed by students from all middle school  grades. Our team members help students and faculty with transactions, and are also involved in the design and creation of in-school marketing materials. Students at the middle school level earn small giveaways with each deposit they make.

Middle School kids working with an RCU team member


High School Programs

High school team members are hired from the Business Youth Apprenticeship and Financial Youth Apprenticeship programs. Our high school locations offer many of the same services that are available at our regular locations, and student team members may also work as tellers at our other Royal Credit Union locations. 

High School kids working with an RCU team member


Learn more about high school locations

Please see a full list of our School $ense partner schools here.

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