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Prepare for College

Congratulations! Wherever you are in your higher education journey, Partners 1st will make sure you're prepared with everything from scholarships to student loans to student checking accounts.

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Get college-ready!

Partners 1st can help you succeed in college by making sure you're set up with anything and everything you may need throughout your college experience. Paying student loans can be daunting, but knowing the staff at Partners 1st is behind you can put your mind at ease. Below are just a few of the offerings available to members through Partners 1st!

Student Checking Accounts

Partners 1st checking accounts are specifically designed for you, with great benefits such as:

  • FREE Access Visa Debit Card for 24-hour access to your account
  • Access to over 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs
  • FREE box of checks (one per year)
Open a Student Checking Account

A student checking account through Partners 1st can help set you or your child up for financial success in the future.

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Charles M. Cook Scholarship

Each year, Partners 1st awards scholarships in time for fall enrollment to members to help offset the cost of higher education. The Charles M. Cook Scholarship program was designed for qualified individuals who are in pursuit of educational advancement.


  • Applicants must be a member of Partners 1st Federal Credit Union.
  • The person or persons primarily responsible for the applicant’s support must be a member in good standing of Partners 1st Federal Credit Union.
  • Applicants must be a high school senior or a full-time undergraduate student. Applicants must graduate during the current school year or have completed the requirements for graduation by the end of this school year.
  • Officials, employees, spouses, and immediate family members of officials and employees of Partners 1st Federal Credit Union are not be eligible.


The Committee judges candidates on the basis of academic performance and potential as shown by high school or college records, participation, and leadership roles in extra-curricular activities; and evidence of strong character and motivation as seen in the student’s life outside the school.

Ready to apply? View the scholarship application, type out your answers in the PDF, and return by mail by May 31 to:

Partners 1st Federal Credit Union
c/o Charles M. Cook Scholarship Program
1330 Directors Row
Fort Wayne, IN 46808

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Student Loans

Wherever you are in your higher education, get the money you need for school. Student loans from Partners 1st in partnership with Sallie Mae® could help.

Sallie Mae® student loans are designed for the needs of all types of students.

- Competitive interest rates

- Multiple repayment options

- No origination fees; no prepayment penalty1

Find out which loan is right for you.

Borrow responsibly. We encourage students and families to start with savings, grants, scholarships, and federal student loans to pay for college. Students and families should evaluate all anticipated monthly loan payments, and how much the student expects to earn in the future, before considering a private student loan.

These loans are made by Sallie Mae Bank or a lender partner. Partners 1st is not the creditor for these loans and is compensated by Sallie Mae for the referral of loan customers.

Applications are subject to a requested minimum loan amount of $1,000. Current credit and other eligibility criteria apply. Click here for additional eligibility information about each product.

1 Although we do not charge a penalty or fee if you prepay your loan, any prepayment will be applied as outlined in your promissory note—first to Unpaid Fees and costs, then to Unpaid Interest, and then to Current Principal.


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