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Financial Literacy Reliable Resources: Reliable Resources


Managing your personal finances can seem overwhelming and researching the topic on your own sometimes creates more questions than answers:

  • There are so many places with information and advice, but who can you trust? 
  • Who developed the material and can they profit by steering your decision making? 
  • Is the information accurate and up to date?
  • There is conflicting advice.  Who is right?

Here are some resources to learn more about financial literacy on your own time and when the information is relevant in your life. Most of these resources are provided by non-profit or federal entities, and all have been recommended by an Accredited Financial Counselor®.

Financial Aid and Student Loans

If you want facts about financial aid, you should go to the source. Start with the Financial Aid office of the school you attend or plan to attend. To better understand financial aid types and terminology, consider these resources:

Federal Student Aid office of the Department of Education
The authority on federal financial aid. Click on Types of Aid and Loans for information to consider before taking out student loans.
This site was founded by a nationally recognized financial aid and college planning author Mark Krankowitz as a public service and incudes useful calculators, information about scholarships and other non-federal financial aid, plus other tools.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Free On-Line Financial Literacy Courses

Cash Course
Developed by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) with a target audience of students. Used by more than 1,000 schools across the country as part of a financial literacy curriculum. NEFE recently transferred ownership of this product to the Higher Education Financial Wellness Alliance. Register for free.

FTC Consumer Information
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace.

My Money Five
Spend, Earn, Save & Invest, Protect, Borrow
“This website is a product of the Congressionally chartered Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which is made up of more than 20 Federal entities that are coordinating and collaborating to strengthen financial capability and increase access to financial services for all Americans. The Commission was established by the Financial Literacy and Education Improvement Act, Title V of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-159).”

Money Smart
A comprehensive self-paced computer based training program that is part of the Consumer Protection resources prepared by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Register and select from Young Adult Course (users between 13 and 20 years) or Adult Learning Course (users 21 years of age or older).

Other Useful Sites
More than just a way to compare bank rates, this site is a reliable source of short, informative articles and useful calculators.

Check out their Credit Card Calculator to find out how long it will take to pay a credit card purchase and what it actually cost when factoring for interest.

Practical Money Skills 

This reliable financial education resource, by Visa, contains informative articles, calculators and games.
Compare credit cards at this site. is the official site to get your free annual credit reports. This right is guaranteed by Federal law, and this is the ONLY site you should use for this purpose. You don't need to give a credit card number for this free service, so if you're being asked to enter your credit card information, pay very close attention to what site you're on and what service agreeing to pay for.

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Dana McCammon
Accredited Financial Counselor® |
Reporting & Support Specialist, Institutional Research