WINONA, Minn. (WXOW) — winona state university (WSU) celebrated the opening of the new Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union (Affinity Plus), Thursday afternoon.
The new branch is located at Kryzsko Commons Student Union, where it is accessible to everyone on campus.
The Affinity Plus branch offers a full-service ATM, including cash and check deposit.
Winona branch manager Jamie Baumann said it’s about working with people to achieve financial success.
“Affinity Plus is about meeting people where they are — students in particular,” Baumann said. “Some students come from backgrounds where they may have talked about budgeting, they’ve talked about money in their family. Other students come to college and they have no idea how to use a debit card. debit or how to budget or how to pay my rental.”
To assist students with financial concerns and questions, Affinity Plus employees will be on campus at the Tech Bar on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“How could we make their financial aid — make this last a little longer by budgeting on the parameters of what to spend and what not to spend,” Baumann said. “It’s about meeting students where they are and where they are comfortable, which is why our relaxed lounge space does just that.”
George Micalone, director of student union and WSU activities, said having the service at the camps will help students better prepare for the future.
“Financial literacy and financial responsibility are really important things for students to know before entering the real world,” Micalone said. “We are really excited to be able to do this more easily here on campus now. Affinity Plus is a great partner and we believe they will be able to help with this service in their own way.”
Affinity Plus plans to expand its learning opportunities in the future to include short financial lessons.
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