It was all about the Benjamin’s at the Nontraditional Student
Fair in the Lory Student Center Art Lounge Wednesday afternoon.
“Money, Money, Money: Financial Tools for Survival,” a fair for
nontraditional students provided information on the services and
programs offered on campus and in the Fort Collins area.
“One of the major challenges for nontraditional students to
overcome is how to finance their education and pay for living
expenses at the same time,” wrote Jan Rastall, adult learner
coordinator for Off-Campus Student Services/Resources for Adult
Learners, in an e-mail interview. “The resource representatives
offer tips and suggestions for saving money and obtaining financial
A number of organizations attended the nontraditional student
fair including the university’s Career Center. The Career Center
provides a range of services to CSU students, including career and
major exploration, resume assistance, on-campus interviews and job
“It seems like nontraditional students don’t get enough
information about us, so this fair is a good opportunity,” said
Jackie Peila-Shuster, a graduate assistant and counselor at the
Care Housing was also represented at the fair. Care Housing is a
non-profit organization that provides affordable rental housing to
working families. Rent costs through Care Housing are based on 30
percent of the family’s income. Care Housing also offers parenting
classes, after-school tutoring and financial management programs to
families, according to Amelia Musgjerd, an intern for Care
The Larimer County Department of Human Services was on site to
provide information on food stamps and energy assistance programs.
The Colorado Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program assists with
the cost of heating based on income qualifications. The Food Bank
for Larimer County promoted their Food Share program, which
distributes nonperishable food, also based on income.
“The majority of students (at CSU) qualify for the Food Share
program; however, they don’t realize this,” said Alex Keiser, a
volunteer for the Food Bank.
Consumer Credit Counseling Service offered students information
on financial coaching, low-cost debt repayment plans and financial
counselors, while Student Financial Services handed out information
on the FAFSA and scholarship searching.
“Consumer Credit Counseling and Student Financial Services have
been especially helpful to nontraditional students because things
like financial aid are foreign to them,” said Haley Richards,
program coordinator for Apartment Life.
Rastall said the fair was beneficial to any student who had
questions about budgeting, scholarships, loans and other financial
services, not just nontraditional students.
“No Limits to Learning,” a collaborative initiative between
OCSS/RAL and Apartment Life sponsored the fair. “No Limits to
Learning” provides a series of programs that explore the richness
and complexity of experiences of nontraditional students while
celebrating the efforts in their daily lives as they pursue higher
education, Rastall said.