All About School $ense
School $ense is our signature financial education program that operates 29 student-run credit union locations in grade schools, middle schools, and high schools throughout Royal’s footprint.
By The Numbers
School $ense got started in 1993 and recently celebrated 25 years of student-run credit union locations. 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 our real 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 students receive a prize. There are three levels of prizes to encourage the students to continue to save for a larger prize.
Middle School Programs
The middle school sites are run by sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. These student 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.
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 available at our regular locations, and student team members may also work as tellers at our other Royal Credit Union locations.
Elementary & Middle School Students