Resource of the Week: Paying for College

May 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Deciding how to pay for a college is one of the major financial decisions that many people make in their lifetime. There are many options out there, and making wise financial decisions is important.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has put together some tools and resources to help you make good decisions regarding paying for college.

On the CFPB website you’ll find information

Washington Governor Signs Bill Incorporating Financial Education into K-12 Standards

May 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

On May 8, 2015, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Substitute Senate Bill 5202, making Washington State one of only 20 other states requiring financial education incorporation into existing K-12 learning requirements.
Originally sponsored by Senators Mullet, Fain, Litzow, Billig, Frockt, Keiser, and Habib, the bill – now Chapter 211, Laws of 2015 – also authorizes the Financial

Online Calculators That Teach Money Basics

May 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Online calculators are a great tool for financial educators to show how certain financial habits can impact your life.

These 5 calculators below are some of our favorites for introducing students to basic personal concepts.
Saving for a Goal CalculatorSaving for a new MP3 player, a new snow board, or your first car?  This savings calculator from allows you to calculate what

Resource of the Week – Financial Education Games for Kids

May 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Online games can be a fun way to introduce kids to important money concepts such as budgeting, saving, and even investing.
From financial football to investigating a financial crime, there are many free games available online.
We have posted a few of the best games available for use in the classroom or at home on our website.
See: Financial Education Games for Kids

CFPB Launches Financial Education Exchange

May 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has launched a Financial Education Exchange (CFPB FinEx) and is inviting financial educators across the country to sign up.

CFPB FinEx offers opportunities for you to:

Learn: Review latest research, tools, and resources for financial educators.
Pledge: Take the CFPB FinEx Pledge to use their tools and provide them feedback.
Connect: Join

Add Your Classes to DFI’s Financial Education Calendar

May 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Did you know that the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) maintains a statewide financial education calendar? See:
The calendar is a great resource for both the public and our financial education partners.
Adding Classes to the CalendarDFI encourages financial education providers to add their classes to our calendar.

Resource of the Week – Smart About Money

May 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We’re bringing back the featured Resource of the Week for financial education providers.
This week our featured resource is Smart About Money from the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE).

Smart About Money ( is a great website where you can find articles, calculators and tips to help you manage your money through life’s ups and downs.

On the website

Money Smart Week April 18-25, 2015

April 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Money Smart Week is here and underway! Money Smart Week was
created in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. It is a public
awareness campaign full of events that teach people how to handle their
personal finances in a way that benefits them most. There are Money Smart Week
events happening in counties all over Washington State. Here are just a few of
the educational events that will

Money Smart Week Reading Days

April 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of Financial Capability Month and Money Smart Week®,
the Jump$tart Washington Coalition brings you Reading Days! Reading Days are a
great opportunity for our community leaders to go and bring about change in their communities. We ask
our school board members and city council members, as well as other city
officials, from around the state to make a one-hour commitment and go to a

CFPB Releases Mortgage Shopping Toolkit

April 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) earlier this week released a new toolkit designed to guide home buyers through the process of shopping for a mortgage.

 “Know Before You Owe” is a great resource for home buyers and was designed to help explain the complicated mortgage process in detail. Included in the toolkit is a detailed explanation of the new Loan Estimate and Closing

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