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Member Advisory

January 18, 2012 

Financial Literacy program available at no cost to 50 HACU-member HSIs

Fifty HACU-member Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) may be eligible to receive no-cost access to a personal finance and student loan management program for their students. HACU has partnered with EverFi, Inc., to bring new-media financial literacy and student loan education to Hispanic American students across the U.S.

This partnership will leverage the Buttonwood™ - Personal Finance and Student Loan Management learning platform to deliver critical financial education to HACU-member institutions. As announced at the HACU 25th Annual Conference in San Antonio, this opportunity is being offered to the first 50 institutions that commit to using Buttonwood™ within the next year. Commitments are being sought by February 15, 2012.

The Buttonwood™ platform includes a compressed and sophisticated new-media presentation of key financial literacy concepts, complemented by an interactive, highly customized gaming simulation that provides a personalized experience for each student. Reflecting the diversity of the student population at many Hispanic-serving institutions, Buttonwood™ adapts to each user so that the educational content around banking and loan management is most applicable to them.

For consideration, appropriate campus representatives are asked to contact the Partner Services Director at EverFi, Inc., Megan Palamé, at 781-726-6677 ext. 131, or at The appropriate person on campus who will be responsible for implementing Buttonwood may be a Dean of Students, Director of Student Services, or Director of First-Year Programming. EverFi, Inc. will help guide the institution’s representative through the implementation of Buttonwood™, to ensure a successful rollout in the spring of 2012.