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Students can participate in financial seminar

Area students studying personal finance are invited to attend $MRTZ on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the North Dakota State University Memorial Union from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event is hosted by Town & Country Credit Union, North Dakota State University and the NDSU Extension Service.

Included in the seminar will be a student panel where current NDSU students will share their personal experiences with credit cards, financial aid and living on a student’s budget. Breakout sessions running throughout the day will include: Budgeting Basics, Fun and Games in Financial Aid, Credit 101 and Your Money Future. The closing keynote address will feature a participatory game called “Do You Think Like a Millionaire?” Learning materials, lunch and breakfast are provided for attendees at no cost.

The purpose of $MRTZ is to provide free financial education to area students. A lack of financial knowledge among high school students sets them up to make financial mistakes early in their adult life that can have lifelong consequences. Research also shows that even a small amount of financial education in high school can have a positive effect on financial behavior as an adult.

The $MRTZ Seminar has been held at Minot State University since 2009 with more than 1,300 students in attendance over the five years. $MRTZ is coordinated and organized by a group of volunteers and funded by Town & Country Credit Union. This is the first year $MRTZ has been offered in Fargo.

Educators can register their students by contacting Shannon Webster at 701-420-6719 or Registration is limited to 250 students.