Resources for Financial Literacy

Below are free resources to help students learn about financial literacy. The resources are split by broad grade bands but students may find helpful resources in either group.


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  • BizKids - site that introduces students to thinking like a business person. 
  • Book list - Book list from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that lists children’s books that teach financial concepts.
  • Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum – online resources to teach K-16 money concepts.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - This site has free publications for elementary students including careers, saving, the real cost of items and other financial literacy topics presented at specifically for elementary students.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - Free classroom resources for K-16 educators to use to teach about money and banking, economics, personal finance, and the Federal Reserve.
  • H.I.P. - History in Your Pocket - United States Mint provides an overview of what money is, how it's used, and how it's printed.
  • Kiddynomics: An Economics Curriculum for Young Learners - A set of lessons designed to introduce young children to the economic way of thinking. Informed decision-making is a critical thinking skill that students can use throughout their school, personal, and work lives.
  • $martPath - $martPath is an online teaching resource for grades 1-8 that incorporates standards-aligned math, reading, economics, and financial education.


  • America Saves - A campaign managed by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America, this campaign seeks to motivate, encourage, and support low- to moderate-income households to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth.
  • American Bankers Association (ABA) Financial Education - Offers several ways to get involved with financial literacy, including its Teach Children to Save program, Get Smart About Credit program, and Lights, Camera, Save! video contest.
  • Building Wealth from the Dallas Federal Reserve - A personal finance education resource that presents an overview of wealth-building strategies.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Many financial education lesson plans for K-12 students, including a searchable database of lessons to help teach financial literacy concepts. 
  • Earn Your Future - Interactive curricula designed to empower young minds with financial and economic knowledge. 
  • EconEdLink - Brought to you by the Council for Economic Education, this collection of curated resources that align with different economic and personal finance ideals. Collections will help guide you and your students through different discussion areas.
  • Edutopia - Financial Literacy - Contains resources, links, and downloads for educators teaching financial literacy.
  • EverFi - Free financial literacy program that educators can remotely sign their students up for while educators can track student progress through the modules.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland - Free, Financial Literacy Curriculum Guide: High School, provides resources and links for an 18 week long course aligned to Ohio's Financial Literacy Standards. Includes a pre- and post-assessment for students. 
  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis - Free classroom resources for K-16 educators to use to teach about money and banking, economics, personal finance, and the Federal Reserve.
  • Foolproof Education - Foolproof gives middle school and high school students a unique and ethically-driven financial literacy and consumer life skills curriculum. Students utilize their power of healthy skepticism and how to identify and neutralize misinformation.
  • Invest - Insurance education for students.
  • Money Smart: A Financial Education Program - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation provides financial education curriculum and resources free of charge for consumers or small businesses.
  • My Money - This U.S. government website provides training resources for teaching the basics about financial education, from balancing a checkbook to investing in a 401(k).
  • My Next Move - This website helps students explore potential career options.
  • National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) - A private, nonprofit national foundation providing youth and adult financial education resources, training tools, and research.
  • Next Gen Personal Finance - This site connects educators with a multitude of timely and free financial literacy resources. There are lesson plans, video clips, case studies, a semester-long sample course, and more.
  • OppU - This website includes links to several free online courses on money management.
  • Pathway to Financial Success - Find tools to teach your students key financial success skills, including lessons, educator guides, and videos. 
  • Take Charge Today - A program and curriculum with a decision-based approach to personal finance.
Inclusion of a web page here does not represent a recommendation by the Department to use a particular resource. Many quality resources are available beyond those included here. Educators should use their professional expertise to determine the suitability of any particular resources for use in their districts, schools or classrooms.

Last Modified: 9/6/2023 11:29:38 AM