$1 million in grants to spur adoption of new personal finance graduation requirements

 

Adopt a graduation requirement ensuring that ALL students take a standalone personal finance course before they graduate.

Earn a $10k grant for your school or up to a $30k grant for your district. 

 

Rationale:

  • To encourage high schools to adopt NEW standalone personal finance graduation requirements of at least one semester, focusing on the planning and coalition-building that take place throughout the journey.
  • Grant funds will be awarded to grantees who successfully spur adoption of standalone personal finance graduation requirements in their schools or districts, as demonstrated by signed school board minutes.

 

Who is eligible to submit board minutes in pursuit of a grant? 

  • Teachers at public and private high schools in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, who, as of Jan 1, 2019, had NOT YET received school board approval adopting a standalone graduation requirement for personal finance. Graduation requirements must be NEWLY ADOPTED.
  • Excludes high schools in states with current statewide mandates: Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia. 

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Advocacy
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