Financial Literacy Resources
Financial literacy is a broad term that has multiple meanings, depending on an individual’s situation. It may mean learning how to create and manage a household budget, learning how to invest money for retirement, or participating in one-on-one coaching and counseling to determine how to buy a house or start a business. It also is part of an overall strategy to increase economic security for lower-income families. Financial education, just like reading and writing, affects the well-being of every individual. It also affects the economic and social well-being of every community and, ultimately, the overall strength of the nation’s economy.
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Last Update: August 25, 2011
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No Bank, No Rank
State Legislatures Magazine, October-November 2004
Financial Literacy: A Primer for Policymakers
Financial literacy may mean learning how to create and manage a household budget, learning how to invest for retirement, or participating in one-on-one coaching and counseling to determine how to buy a house or start a business. It also is part of an overall strategy to increase economic security for lower-income families. Financial education affects the well-being of every individual, the economic and social well-being of every community and, ultimately, the overall strength of the nation's economy. This report highlights initiatives to develop financial education programs for students and adults and discusses policy options for policymakers to advance the financial literacy of citizens.
States are helping students learn to manage their personal finances. Strategies include incorporating personal finance education into state standards and incorporating it into school curriculum. Learn what financial institutions and other businesses are doing at the state and community levels to help launch and sustain these programs.
Credit Reporting: A Primer for Policymakers
Learn what a credit score is, how it is calculated, what information is contained in it, and who collects it.
Beyond 50.04: A Report to the Nation on Consumers in the Marketplace
Financial Capability Study
The Financial Literacy of Native American Youth
Native Financial Education Coalition
Personal Finance and the Rush to Competence: Financial Literacy Education in the U.S.
Fannie Mae Foundation
Survey of the States 2009: The State of Economic, Financial and Entrepreurship Education in Our Nation's Schools
Council for Economic Education
Financial Literacy and Education Commission
AARP Policy & Research
American Financial Services Association Education Foundation
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Community Financial Services Assocation
Credit Union National Association
Personal finance resources
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Personal financial education resources
Jump$tart's purpose is to evaluate the financial literacy of young adults; develop, disseminate, and encourage the use of standards for grades K-12; and promote the teaching of personal finance.
Mayors' National Dollar Wi$e Campaign: Financial Education for America
A campaign to help consumers learn more about financial issues and to empower them to become investors in their communities created by the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Council for the New American City.
Mortgage Bankers Association
Council for Economic Education
Formerly known as the National Council on Economic Education, CEE is a nationwide network that leads in promoting economic literacy with students and their teachers.
National Endowment for Financial Education
The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to helping all Americans acquire the information and gain the skills necessary to take control of their personal finances.
MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education.
Office of Financial Education
U.S. Department of Treasury
Treasury established the Office of Financial Education in May of 2002. The Office works to promote access to the financial education tools that can help all Americans make wiser choices in all areas of personal financial management, with a special emphasis on saving, credit management, home ownership and retirement planning.
- The Financial Literacy and Education Commission
The Commission was established under Title V, the Financial Literacy and Education Improvement Act, which was part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003, to improve financial literacy and education of persons in the United States
President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability
On January 29, 2010, the President signed Executive Order 13530, creating the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability (“Council”) to assist the American people in understanding financial matters and making informed financial decisions, and thereby contribute to financial stability. It is composed of non-governmental representatives with relevant backgrounds, such as financial services, consumer protection, financial access, and education. The Council will suggest ways to coordinate and maximize the effectiveness of existing private and public sector efforts and identify new approaches to increase financial capability through financial education and financial access.
Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
A project designed specifically for women in their twenties and thirties. Wi$eUp is an exciting opportunity for women to explore the world of financial security and retirement savings.