MINNEAPOLIS, Mar 18, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB)
Students and their families can make higher education and career dreams a
reality by utilizing online information and resources on the Mapping Your Future
web site. Sponsored by U.S. Bank and other lenders, student loan guaranty
agencies and student loan servicers, Mapping Your Future is a non-profit, public
service web site that provides free college, career and financial aid
information and services.
The site is located at www.mapping-your-future.org.
"The Mapping Your Future web site meets Southeast Missouri State University's
(SEMO) entrance and exit counseling requirements quite well," said Sharon
Scherer, student loan coordinator at SEMO. "Students enjoy the convenience of
online counseling since they choose when and where to complete the counseling. I
often point out to students and their parents other services the web site has to
offer for career planning, debt management and job searches. Our office is also
very pleased with the ExitExpress feature for reporting exit information to
Features of the Mapping Your Future web site include: -- Early Career Awareness
- career planning information and the interactive feature CareerShip to help
middle school students explore career options; -- College Preparation and
Selection - information about academic preparation needed for college and what
to expect from admission procedures and standardized tests, and tips on
selecting a school; -- Financial Wellness - "Ten Steps to Financial Fitness," an
interactive financial trainer dedicated to helping high school and college
students build financial muscle; includes calculators to help students and
families with budgeting and financial aid planning; -- College Financial Aid -
information about how to apply for student financial aid, and information on
scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs, and a calendar of
important dates in the financial aid process; -- Online Student Loan Counseling
- interactive and college-customized Stafford and Perkins entrance and exit
counseling and testing sessions; -- Finding a Job - JobGusher(TM), a job search
site for students and recent graduates that provides occupation and job
descriptions, tips on resume preparation, job hunting, and job interviewing; and
-- Supervised Special Chat Night - events that enable visitors to ask counselors
about college, career, and financial aid and receive answers immediately.
"One particular outstanding feature of mapping-your-future.org is the on-line
student loan counseling function, that provides unbiased loan information
directly to borrowers at their convenience and reports the completion of the
counseling session directly to their schools," said Russ Kruse, manager of the
U.S. Bank student loan division. "Today, more than 1,200 colleges are actively
directing their student borrowers to this on-line counseling resource."
U.S. Bank is one of the top student banking institutions in the nation,
providing a comprehensive line of student banking products including student
loans, campus ID card programs, Internet banking, U.S. Bank student checking and
savings, and Visa Buxx(R) prepaid spending cards. U.S. Bank Student Loans offers
quality toll-free customer service, state-of-the-art loan processing, online
application accessibility, and a variety of repayment options that offer savings
to borrowers. Student loan products include Federal Stafford, PLUS,
Consolidation, and Supplemental education loans. The U.S. Bank web site
www.usbank.com offers the full array of student banking products, services and
paying for college information as well as an Internet scholarship program and
scholarship search engine.
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), with assets in excess of $180 billion, is the 8th
largest financial services holding company in the United States. The company
operates 2,142 banking offices and 4,604 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line
of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment
services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is
home of the Five Star Service Guarantee which assures customers of certain key
banking benefits and services or customers will be paid for their inconvenience.
U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank.
CONTACT: U.S. Bank
Amy Frantti, 612/303-0733
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