The application period for the 2020-2021 cohort is now closed. If you would like to get additional information, please contact Sarah Scruggs at

We encourage any Harvard College student who is interested in economic diversity and inclusion to review the information below and consider submitting an application.

The deadline to apply to the 2020-2021 cohort has passed.

Questions? Please contact the SAC liaison, Sarah Scruggs, at

The Details

HUECU seeks to elevate and empower Harvard College students from diverse backgrounds by providing them with hands-on experience that will prepare them to excel as thoughtful, balanced community and business leaders.

Established in 1939, HUECU is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative, exclusively serving the Harvard community and distinguished through our reinvestment of profits in our members and the local community, particularly in the form of free financial education.

The purpose of the Student Advisory Council (SAC) is to advise HUECU in its pursuit of campus-wide financial wellness by consulting on financial education programming, university engagement events, and student banking services.

SAC members provide strategic guidance on many details, such as marketing approach, positioning, messaging, communication channels, scheduling, and more. Projects include, but are not limited to:

Event Planning: HUECU holds on-campus events to empower the community to make informed financial decisions. From informal, fire-side chats in the Houses, to large forums featuring expert guest speakers from the financial services industry, and everything in between.

Product Offerings for Students: HUECU takes the Student Advisory Councils’ advice into consideration when considering different banking products for students at Harvard College.

SAC will consist of a small group of HUECU members who are expected to participate in all council meetings and contribute to personal financial wellness programming, university engagement events, and student banking services.

The time commitment is minimal. There will be 2 larger planning sessions per semester; approximately 2 hours each, and periodic e-mail conversations surrounding pressing events or products. The 2020-2021 meeting schedule will be developed in partnership with the 2020-2021 cohort.

SAC members who are unable to attend meetings should notify the HUECU staff liaisons in advance. Members who miss more than 2 meetings over the course of the academic year and/or are unable to actively participate may be asked to step down in order to ensure continuity.

There are no term limits, as experience and familiarity with HUECU programming, events, and services are important assets.

Returning applicants will be asked to reflect on their involvement over the past year of service, including attendance at meetings, active participation, and most importantly personal and professional growth. HUECU staff liaisons will review and make final decisions.

SAC members and alumni are encouraged to make nominations and lead the recruitment of new members.

You may nominate a student to apply and our SAC liaison will notify them they’ve been nominated by you, email them information about the committee, and send a link to the application.

Apply today to serve on the SAC

In an effort to make SAC as nimble and, yet, as diverse as possible, there are limited number of open seats and a brief application. We put enormous care into evaluating each and every application. There are two parts:

1. The first section is your personal information, which we use to inform you of your acceptance status. Your responses in the first section are removed from your application before the selection process.

2. The second section will be evaluated during the selection process. We are looking for different perspectives formed through diverse life experiences and circumstances, and an interest in collaborative, creative solutions despite constraints like limited time and resources.