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iNerdWalleti names top university CU fin ed programs
MADISON, Wis. (7/31/12)--The NerdWallet finance blog recently named its top picks for university credit unions with financial literacy resources.

Credit unions and the categories they were selected for included:

  • Best for future homeowners: University FCU, Austin, Texas. The credit union's website offers "a complete set of resources for home ownership," according to the blogger, Laura Edgar.
  • Best for online security: Indiana University CU, Bloomington, Ind.  IU CU offers an online Security Center to help members learn about preventing identity theft, including ways to safeguard their computer against phishing and fraud, and tips for protecting their credit cards while traveling.
  • Best for car buyers: SIU CU, Carbondale, Ill. Members can calculate their auto loan payment online with a financial calculator, learn the basics of auto pricing and vehicle history reports, or download necessary Illinois motor vehicle forms. SIU also sells repossessed cars and trucks in conjunction with the collections department.
  • Best for loans: University of Hawaii FCU, Honolulu. Members with questions about the lending or refinancing process, or those who aren't sure what type of loan they need, can sign up for a free financial coaching session. The credit union also offers free home buying seminars.
  • Best for tax tips: UVA Community CU, Charlottesville, Va. To help members walk through the filing process, UVA Community CU offers the Tax Time Solutions page, with directions for deposit refunds, plus links to the Internal Revenue Service, the Virginia Department of Taxation, and financial planning options at the credit union. The credit union has also partnered with Turbo Tax Online, so members can file taxes directly through online banking.
  • Best for mobile security: University and State Employees FCU, San Diego. USE FCU offers a list of mobile phone security tips on its mobile banking page.
  • Best community outreach program: University of Tennessee FCU, Knoxville, Tenn. UT FCU's Helping U Succeed program conducts free financial education programs for the underserved in Knoxville's inner city. UT FCU also has two student-run branches in local high schools.
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