State Treasurer of Iowa

Financial Education and Empowerment

coinsOne 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

Hands on Banking

Kids and teens alike can learn valuable information about topics like budgeting, savings and credit from this Wells Fargo sponsored website.

Online Games

Sponsored by Visa, these games entertain and educate kids by integrating the value of money, saving and financial facts with fun money activities.

For Adults

FDIC Money Smart Adult Education Program

Created by the FDIC and offered in a free online format, Money Smart is comprised of 10 financial lessons for adults.

Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information about Money and Credit

This website offers great resources and advice for the money-conscious adult - from buying a home to protecting privacy and identity.

For Parents

The Mint

This website gives parents plenty of pointers in teaching children of any age about financial literacy.

For Teachers

Money as You Learn

This website provides free tools to educators interested in including financial education in Common Core curriculum and is offered by the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

In association with Money as You Learn, this website 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.

The TS Institute

A free, Iowa-based website that 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.

NEFE’s High School Financial Planning Program

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. 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.

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