You know why. Here's how in 5 proven steps.

Find your step in the Mission 2030 timeline, and start expanding access to life-changing financial education.

WEAVE PERSONAL FINANCE INTO RELATED COURSES

If a standalone Personal Finance course is not already in place at your school, start your Mission 2030 journey by embedding personal finance lessons into existing courses.

ECONOMICS

The integration between Economics and Personal Finance is increasingly popular.

Popular Units: Saving, Investing, Taxes, Behavioral Economics, Types of Credit

Explore More: NGPF's Econ Directory and EconExtra Blog Series

MATH

Personal finance skills can be real-world applications of math standards. 

Popular Units: Budgeting, Managing Credit, Checking, Saving, Investing, Insurance

Explore More: NGPF's Math Collection, Math Monday Blog Series

NEW! Financial Algebra Course

BUSINESS, CTE, and FACS

Several classes within these departments can include personal finance standards.

Popular Units: Entrepreneurship, Budgeting, Career

Explore More: FinCap Friday, Question of the Day

BUSY TEACHER TIP: Start with a quick weekly personal finance routine like Question of the Day, FinCap Friday, or Arcade Games. This will give students a chance to engage with personal finance without crowding out your required standards.

MISSION 2025 GRANTS FOR NEW PERSONAL FINANCE ELECTIVES

With FREE Curriculum and Teacher PD, the NGPF community has removed many of the barriers to establishing a new personal finance elective.

You have the tools. You have the power. Now you have a $1,000 monetary incentive for your school to make this change happen for the 1 in 3 U.S. high schoolers who do not have access to a standalone personal finance course today.

Launch a new personal finance elective, earn $1,000 in grant funds for your school. Funds are issued to the first 1,000 high schools to make this crucial change.

SEE DETAILS & APPLY

WHY FOCUS ON REGISTRATION?

As your course becomes more popular, your argument for why ALL students should be guaranteed to take personal finance becomes easier. Supercharge your course's growth.

 

PROMOTE WORD-OF-MOUTH

  • Give students an extra credit Public Service Announcement Poster Project in which their goal is to encourage their peers to enroll in personal finance.
  • Invite recent graduates to your class as guest speakers to talk about how lessons and skills they learned in your class have impacted them in the real world.

 

ENGAGE MULTIPLE GENERATIONS

  

BUILD THE COMMUNITY BUZZ

  • Elect a handful of organized student leaders to distribute NGPF’s Universal Financial Education Survey to as many peers, parents, local business leaders, recent graduates, and other important stakeholders as possible. This will give you valuable testimonials you can use to persuade more students to enroll in your course.
  • Issue your copy of NGPF’s End-of-Course Survey Template to students. Use what you learn to improve instruction and promote your course further.

 

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

  • Help students launch a Personal Finance Club or Investing Club to keep the learning going outside the classroom.
PRO TIP: Have students reach out to neighboring schools/districts to join forces.
  • Create a student volunteer group that teaches after-school programs for Middle School students in personal finance concepts.
PRO TIP: Students can use some of the same activities and games from your class and assess the reactions of middle school students.

GOLD STANDARD CHALLENGE GRANTS

Earn up to $10k for your school or $30k for your district from NGPF’s Gold Standard Challenge Grant Program when you adopt a standalone personal finance course that all students take before graduation.

Grant application window closes August 31, 2022.

SEE DETAILS & APPLY

DON'T REINVENT THE WHEEL

Thousands of teachers have convinced their schools to make personal finance a graduation requirement. Use what they’ve learned to save time and make your case even more effective:

Tell your story, and help fellow educators expand access to life-changing financial education just like you have.

Contribute your story to the fast growing #mission2030 movement to guarantee personal finance courses for all young people before graduation. Imagine the teachers whose courage your story will inspire!

  • Start a conversation about why personal finance is important to you and your students in FinLit Fanatics, the fast-growing teachers-only Facebook group.
  • Use NGPF’s Guide to Writing & Submitting an OpEd to write a passionate opinion editorial article and contact local media outlets to get it published!

The NGPF community is not only shaping students’ lives and futures but also helping so many educators to build confidence in ourselves regarding money. I feel so much more confident in making financial decisions as I understand so much more now, all because of the NGPF teacher community

Vandana
HIGH SCHOOL PERSONAL FINANCE TEACHER

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Mission 2030 Guest Post: Michelle Bruna Advocated for a Personal Finance Requirement for 10 Years and Now Her Persistence Has Paid Off

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Sep 21, 2021
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Advocacy
The following post is one in a series of inspiring stories from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge Grant Program which incentivizes high schools and districts to commit to ALL students taking personal finance courses before graduation. Learn more, and apply for your $2,500 to $30,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant before the August 31, 2022 deadline here. About Today's Guest Author Michelle Bruna is an educator at Washington County High School in Washington, Kansas. Their school...

This Inspiring Teen Fin Ed Advocate Needs Your Support!

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Sep 17, 2021
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Advocacy
Ella Gupta is a 16 year old high school student in North Carolina who published a book about money for her peers in Gen Z, called Gen Z Money $ense.    Aside from being a young author, Ella is championing financial education and creating a movement called "Fin Ed for All" which she is posting content on social media to promote with the hashtag #finedforall.    Students and teachers can sign the petition today to demand a guaranteed full semester of personal finance in high...

[Updated 9/23/21] NGPF Recognizes 1,591 Gold Standard Schools For Guaranteeing All Students A Standalone Personal Finance Course

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Sep 16, 2021
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Advocacy
High school personal finance courses change lives, with benefits ranging from higher credit scores and decreased use of predatory lenders to larger retirement account balances and a greater accumulation of wealth during students' lifetimes.  The following 1,591 schools inspire us because their teachers, parents, and community members have put in the work to guarantee ALL their students are getting those benefits RIGHT NOW. How? According to their course catalogs, they ensure ALL their...

Mission 2030 Guest Post: Tammy Vrzak's Students Advocated for Personal Finance to be Taught

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Sep 14, 2021
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Advocacy
The following post is one in a series of inspiring stories from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge Grant Program which incentivizes high schools and districts to commit to ALL students taking personal finance courses before graduation. Learn more, and apply for your $2,500 to $30,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant before the August 31, 2022 deadline here. About Today's Guest Author Tammy Vrzak is an educator at Turkey Valley School in Jackson Junction, Iowa. Their school is the...

My Classroom Podcast: How Business Teachers Approach Personal Finance

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Sep 14, 2021
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Podcasts, Advocacy
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. Each week we speak with teachers who share timely tips, resources, and teaching strategies that can be implemented immediately in your classroom.  This week, we welcome Jacqueline Collins and Alex Lamon. They will share the approach that business educators take when teaching personal finance. Jacqueline Collins is in her 15th year at Mansfield Public Schools where she was the 2021 National Business...

Mission 2030 Guest Post: William Joy's Requirement for 10th Graders is a Tribute to an Educational Pioneer

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Sep 09, 2021
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Advocacy
The following post is one in a series of inspiring stories from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge Grant Program which incentivizes high schools and districts to commit to ALL students taking personal finance courses before graduation. Learn more, and apply for your $2,500 to $30,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant before the August 31, 2022 deadline here. About Today's Guest Author William Joy is an educator at Lucy Beckham High School in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Their school...

Mission 2030 Guest Post: Melissa Johnson Turned 9 Weeks of Personal Finance into a Graduation Requirement

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Sep 07, 2021
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Advocacy
The following post is one in a series of inspiring stories from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge Grant Program which incentivizes high schools and districts to commit to ALL students taking personal finance courses before graduation. Learn more, and apply for your $2,500 to $30,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant before the August 31, 2022 deadline here. About Today's Guest Author Melissa Johnson is an educator at Willow River Area School in Willow River, Minnesota. Their school...

Mission 2030 Guest Post: Catherine Nason Attended a NGPF Conference and Came Back Ready to Change the Curriculum

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Sep 02, 2021
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Advocacy
The following post is one in a series of inspiring stories from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge Grant Program which incentivizes high schools and districts to commit to ALL students taking personal finance courses before graduation. Learn more, and apply for your $2,500 to $30,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant before the August 31, 2022 deadline here. About Today's Guest Author Catherine Nason is a business teacher at Ellicottville High School in Ellicottville, New York. Their...

Mission 2030 Guest Post: Christie Woods Met No Opposition When Suggesting a Personal Finance Requirement

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Aug 31, 2021
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Advocacy
The following post is one in a series of inspiring stories from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge Grant Program which incentivizes high schools and districts to commit to ALL students taking personal finance courses before graduation. Learn more, and apply for your $2,500 to $30,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant before the August 31, 2022 deadline here. About Today's Guest Author Christie Woods is an educator at Horton High School in Horton, Kansas. Their school is the 50th...

Mission 2030 Guest Post: Leslie Stewart took a PD Course and Came Back Ready to Teach Personal Finance

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Aug 26, 2021
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Advocacy
The following post is one in a series of inspiring stories from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge Grant Program which incentivizes high schools and districts to commit to ALL students taking personal finance courses before graduation. Learn more, and apply for your $2,500 to $30,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant before the August 31, 2022 deadline here. About Today's Guest Author Leslie Stewart is a math teacher at Springfield High School in Springfield, Colorado. Their school...

Mission 2030 Guest Post: Sharon Steinke Saw Gaps in Financial Literacy and Knew Things Needed to Change

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Aug 24, 2021
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Advocacy
The following post is one in a series of inspiring stories from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge Grant Program which incentivizes high schools and districts to commit to ALL students taking personal finance courses before graduation. Learn more, and apply for your $2,500 to $30,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant before the August 31, 2022 deadline here. About Today's Guest Author Sharon Steinke is an educator at Osseo-Fairchild High School in Osseo, Wisconsin. Their school is...

Mission 2030 Guest Post: Sabrina Benjamin Teaches Students How Financial Decisions Impact Their Future

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Aug 19, 2021
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Advocacy
The following post is one in a series of inspiring stories from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge Grant Program which incentivizes high schools and districts to commit to ALL students taking personal finance courses before graduation. Learn more, and apply for your $2,500 to $30,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant before the August 31, 2022 deadline here. About Today's Guest Author Sabrina Benjamin is an educator in the Maine Township High School District 207 in Park Ridge,...

My Classroom: When Students Lead (Part 2)

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Aug 17, 2021
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Podcasts, Advocacy
My Classroom is a short NGPF podcast series devoted to supporting the efforts of teachers. This is the first of a two-part series: When Students Lead. We are giving a handful of students the microphone to tell us what they enjoyed the most about a personal finance class, and what lessons were most important.  These students will also inspire you to take your personal finance class to the next level. They are working so hard to advocate for every high school student in their state to be...

Mission 2030 Guest Post: Renee Nelson Breaks the Cycle of Poverty Through Personal Finance Education

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Aug 17, 2021
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Advocacy
The following post is one in a series of inspiring stories from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge Grant Program which incentivizes high schools and districts to commit to ALL students taking personal finance courses before graduation. Learn more, and apply for your $2,500 to $30,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant before the August 31, 2022 deadline here. About Today's Guest Author Renee Nelson is a teacher at KIPP NYC College Prep High School in Bronx, New York. Their school...

Mission 2030 Guest Post: Mary Brouilette Has Community Support to Further Personal Finance Education

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Aug 12, 2021
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Advocacy
The following post is one in a series of inspiring stories from NGPF's Gold Standard Challenge Grant Program which incentivizes high schools and districts to commit to ALL students taking personal finance courses before graduation. Learn more, and apply for your $2,500 to $30,000 Gold Standard Challenge Grant before the August 31, 2022 deadline here. About Today's Guest Author Mary Brouilette is an educator in the Maple Run Unified School District in St Albans, Vermont....

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