State Treasurer of Iowa

Treasurer Fitzgerald Says Last Chance to Sign up for New Financial Literacy Program

March 12, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa – State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald wants to remind Iowa high schools that time is running out to participate in a new program that boosts the financial literacy of their students. The State Treasurer’s Office is partnering with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Education to introduce the National Financial Capability Challenge, a program focusing on helping students increase their financial knowledge. The Challenge, which runs from March 12 through April 13, is a free, voluntary online series of financial questions for high school students to check their knowledge of earning, spending, saving, borrowing, risk protection and more.

“The Challenge is a great opportunity for educators to take the financial literacy of their students into their own hands,” said Fitzgerald. “I hope high schools from all over the state take advantage of this program. Though the Challenge itself takes only 30 minutes, the lessons students will learn from the program will last a lifetime.”

Educators don’t need to be math or personal finance teachers to register their students to participate. To register, educators should visit After signing up, they are encouraged to help spread the word about the Challenge by using the tools provided through the website. After the program concludes, educators and top-scoring students in each school will earn personalized award certificates, and states with the highest participation will also be recognized.

For More Information:

Karen Austin, 515-281-7677,

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