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NATIONAL INSITUTE FOR CONSUMER EDUCATION RECEIVES AT&T GRANT

 YPSILANTI, Mich., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Institute for Consumer Education is among 12 non-profit organizations across the country receiving grants from AT&T Universal Card Services and the National Coalition for Consumer Education (NCCE) in support of its efforts toward consumer credit education.
 The Ypsilanti-based organization will receive $34,705 to administer a toll-free telephone number that helps teachers locate credit education material references.
 AT&T Universal Card Services and NCCE are awarding a total of $200,000 in 1993 to organizations delivering credit education to consumers. This is the third year of a $1 million, four-year consumer education commitment from AT&T Universal Card Services. Since 1991, the fund has awarded almost $600,000 for grass-root credit education projects.
 "Consumers want and need information on how to use credit wisely," said Joan Ryan, chair of the NCCE/AT&T Consumer Credit Education Fund advisory board. "This partnership between NCCE and AT&T Universal Card Services supports meaningful and creative community based projects that reach at-risk consumers."
 The grants will help fund a diverse group of efforts including: money and credit management education classes for refugees; a regional newspaper telephone line on credit management; a consumer credit video for limited English proficient consumers; and consumer credit education classes for freshmen at three universities.
 "As a credit card business, one of our greatest responsibilities is educating the public about the proper use of credit," said Peter Gallagher, senior vice president, AT&T Universal Card Services. "This fund is helping many thousands of consumers become more knowledgeable about credit and understand their rights and responsibilities."
 Non-profit organizations interested in applying for 1993 consumer credit education grants should request an application from the NCCE/AT&T Consumer Credit Education Fund, 434 Main Street, Suite 201, Chatham, N.J. 07928.
 AT&T Universal Card Services, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., provides marketing and services for the AT&T Universal Card, AT&T's combination bank credit card and calling card product.
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 /CONTACT: Mitch Montagna, AT&T Universal Card Services, 904-443-8896 (office) or 904-646-3270 (home); or Patricia Bonner, National Institute for Consumer Education, 313-487-2292/
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