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Student-Run Branch: Lion Nation

Lion Nation

About Lion Nation

  • Formed as an educational partnership between Louisa County Public Schools and UVA Community Credit Union in 2008
  • Effort to help students learn practical money skills for their future
  • Supports required Economics & Personal Finance course for graduation
  • Branch is staffed and run by Louisa County High School students with credit union oversight
  • Serves exclusively the students, faculty and staff of Louisa County High School

Branch Location/Hours of Operation

  • Located in Louisa County High School, inside the cafeteria
  • For the 2019/2020 school year, the branch hours are:
    Tuesday, 11:45 am - 1:30 pm
    Thursday, 11:45 am - 1:30 pm

Account Access

Accounts opened at Lion Nation can also be accessed through any of the following channels:

Students that already have accounts with UVA Community Credit Union can assess their accounts at the Lion Nation branch.

Services Available at Lion Nation

Transactional services such as deposits, balance inquiries, and cash withdrawals can be made at the Lion Nation branch.

In addition, the following products can be established at our Lion Nation location, including:

  • Savings Accounts - a great way for students to establish good financial habits. A great way to save for prom, a car, college, or unexpected expenses.
  • Checking Accounts - students learn how to manage their money in a safe, learning environment before they are on their own, when mistakes can really cost.
  • Debit Cards – students can learn the proper use of debit cards and how to track their transactions and manage their money, establishing sound financial habits that can help them as they become more independent.
  • Certificates – a great alternative savings product for students looking to earn interest for longer term financial goals.

Financial Education

We offer a wide variety of financial education brochures and booklets, and of course one-on-one guidance at the Lion Nation branch. Students can also take advantage of our It’s a Money Thing online financial education programs.

What's needed to open an account at Lion Nation?

Students 14 and over may open a savings account. Students under 14 may open a savings with a parent/guardian’s signature.
Students under 18 wishing to open a checking account will need a parent/guardian's signature.

To open an account all account holders should bring:

  1. Photo ID - DMV ID/driver's license or current student ID card*
  2. Social Security Card
  3. $10 Deposit - $5 to open a savings account and $5 to establish a checking account if desired.**

How can a student apply to work at the Lion Nation branch?

We announce Student Branch job vacancies each spring via school announcements and UVACCU social media. You may also find these job openings on our careers page. We hire students in the spring to work the following school year. The minimum age for student tellers is 16. However, students age 15 may apply in the spring; to be eligible for hire they will need to turn 16 by September 1 of the coming school year.  We provide the necessary training to be successful and eligible student branch representatives may have the opportunity to work at one of the credit union's full-service branches once they turn 18, during summers and/or other school breaks. 

*     If using a student ID without a printed address on it, bring in a current utility bill with your home address for verification.
**   The one-time membership fee is waived for students and school employees opening accounts at this branch.

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