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FinEd50

Financial Education for America

FinEd50 is committed to affecting change in education policy at the state level. To meet this goal, we are dedicated to achieving:

  • State-level action that guarantees equitable access for every student to a robust, high-quality personal finance course;
  • Courses and educational materials that address the content outlined in the National Standards for Personal Finance Education and are culturally relevant and responsive to students’ lived experiences;
  • Innovative funding mechanisms and professional development tools in place to support and develop a corps of high-quality teachers with access to necessary professional development opportunities to teach personal finance; and
  • A mechanism for measuring access to courses on personal finance, to ensure equitable reach of state requirements

Studies have shown that students from states where a financial education course was required had the highest reported financial knowledge and were more likely to display positive financial behaviors and dispositions. Currently, only 22 states require students to take a personal finance course to graduate from high school.

FinEd50, a coalition of non-profit organizations, researchers, corporate partners, and professional organizations believes that personal finance education is a crucial tool to helping people better navigate their financial lives, make informed decisions regarding their life choices, and take more control over their own futures. We believe that all people should have access to this knowledge, regardless of their own personal histories or social and economic backgrounds.

FinEd50, a coalition of non-profit organizations, researchers, corporate partners, and professional organizations believes that personal finance education is a crucial tool to helping people better navigate their financial lives, make informed decisions regarding their life choices, and take more control over their own futures. We believe that all people should have access to this knowledge, regardless of their own personal histories or social and economic backgrounds.

It is critical this education begins early, in high school or before, so that young people acquire this education before they begin making many important financial decisions. We believe that quality personal financial education is about more than preparing people for a series of decision points, but instead is about helping set them on the path to the life of their choosing. Absent this education early, young people are at a disadvantage in determining their future path.

The need for quality financial education at the K-12 level touches everyone but is also an equity issue. There is an unacceptable gap in who is offered this opportunity, with too many young people in financially disadvantaged communities having no access to a personal finance class. Additionally, the quality of the courses offered varies wildly, and educators must be provided increased opportunities to build the confidence and experience needed to educate at the highest level

We believe that we, as a nation, can do better. FinEd50 is dedicated to improving access to quality financial education for all young people, in every state, school district, and high school and to supporting educators bringing this important subject into their classrooms.

Through our coalition, FinEd50 will provide thought leadership, expertise, advocacy, and technical support to achieve these goals. Together we can ensure financial wellness is a key priority within public education and improve the lives of generations to come.

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NEFE is a 501(c)(3) private foundation that engages in advocacy work to further its mission of championing effective financial education. NEFE does not engage in lobbying activity, and its participation in the FINED50 coalition is limited to non-lobbying advocacy efforts. Any lobbying communications made by the FINED50 coalition or its individual members do not involve NEFE and do not necessarily represent the views of NEFE.