One of the State Treasurer’s office’s most important initiatives is financial education and empowerment. Treasurer Fitzgerald is committed to providing Iowans with unbiased financial information and education programs that can help improve their lives. By promoting a number of programs geared towards a variety of age groups, the State Treasurer’s office has made great strides towards accomplishing this goal. Feel free to take a moment to check out the great programs we are currently promoting.
For more resources about financial education and empowerment, please take a look at the links below.
For Kids and Teens
Kids and teens alike can learn valuable information about topics like budgeting, savings and credit from this Wells Fargo sponsored website.
Sponsored by Visa, these games entertain and educate kids by integrating the value of money, saving and financial facts with fun money activities.
Created by the FDIC and offered in a free online format, Money Smart is comprised of 10 financial lessons for adults.
Developed by the Federal Trade Commission, these Money and Credit articles offer great resources and advice for the money-conscious adult - from buying a home to protecting privacy and identity.
Created by Northwestern Mutual and endorsed by the American Library Association, the Mint provides tools to help parents and educators teach children to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits.
Offered by the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, Money as You Learn provides free tools to educators interested in including financial education in Common Core curriculum.
In association with Money as You Learn, Money as You Grow includes 20 age-appropriate financial lessons with corresponding activities to educate children about finances from age 3 and beyond.
Developed by Vanguard and a fifth grade teacher, My Classroom Economy integrates an economic system into the classroom setting. The project provides specific classroom activities that meet Common Core Standards.
Offered by the SIFMA Foundation, this free game gives fourth through 12th graders the chance to grow $100,000 in virtual cash accounts through lessons involving math, business, economics, language arts and social studies.
Brought to you by the Iowa Council on Economic Education, this free website aims to provide a complete repository of financial literacy curriculum, programs, lessons and games that align with Iowa teaching standards.
The Council for Economic Education provides this online personal finance game where students are offered 16 different missions in which they help people in financial trouble, earning points along the way.
The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) offers this free, turnkey personal finance education program to teachers of Grades 8-12. Teacher lesson plans, student guides, evaluation, scoring rubrics and worksheets accompany the program’s free teacher training and an online teacher forum.
Mobile Apps for all Ages
Thrive ‘n’ Shine (for younger students)
Choose a career, earn money, save and spend in a gaming platform that incorporates the realities of credit cards, bankruptcy, insurance, mortgages and taxes, among others with Thrive 'n' Shine. The creator, MindBlown Labs, has received a financial literacy research contract from the U.S. Treasury.
Plan’it Prom (for high school students)
Students can plan prom from their mobile phones with this app powered by Visa. Use the prom count down, timeline, budget calculator and budget health meter to plan the perfect prom while using real life financial skills.
Financial Football (for all ages)
All ages will enjoy this football game app that incorporates financial questions into each play. Sponsored by Visa, this game is also available in an online and disc version.
Practical Money Skills Calculators (for adults)
Download Visa’s money calculator to estimate and assess financial choices, receive tips about your desired financial track and recommendations on how to reach your goals.