Mission 2030: Financial Education for ALL
Why is the NGPF teacher community's goal that ALL students will take at least one semester of personal finance before high school graduation by the year 2030?
Because school is where life-changing financial education can reach ALL young people, not just the lucky few.
1 in 5
students is guaranteed to take personal finance before graduation
states guarantee at least one semester course in personal finance before graduation
1 in 3
students has no access to a personal finance course in high school, even as an elective
Robust studies show: guaranteed financial education improves lives
See what teachers and students are saying about the importance of personal finance education:
SMARTER SPENDING & BORROWING
Graduates of high schools with guaranteed financial education...
- are 21% less likely to carry a balance on a credit card while in college
- submit the FAFSA 3.5% more often, and
- use subsidized student loans 13% more often
...than their peers without guaranteed financial education, saving an average of $1,300 in high-interest private debt per student.1
ENDING CYCLES OF PREDATORY DEBT
Graduates of high schools with guaranteed financial education, especially students of color, are less likely to fall prey to high-cost predatory loans (such as payday loans) than their peers without guaranteed financial education.2
Students and parents are asking for guaranteed financial education
High school students and their parents overwhelmingly rank personal finance as the most useful high school course.
of recent high school grads said they wished their schools placed more emphasis on personal finance, according to a 2019 Experian Consumer Finance Survey.3
of high school students' parents surveyed in August 2020 said they wanted their children's schools to do more to help them raise financially capable adults.4
Personal Finance has helped me realize I need to build generational wealth. It's not just about me becoming well-off, but also my kids and grandkids. That's what compounding and investing can do for my family.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE, CLASS OF 2020
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Few policies have better ROI than guaranteed financial education
Free curriculum, free teacher PD, and grants to incentivize schools have significantly reduced costs. Meanwhile, NGPF estimates the discounted value of a personal finance course at $60,000 per student in additional lifetime wealth, which results in a $36-to-$1 Return-On-Investment (ROI). Go behind the numbers here.
Financial Education has drastically changed my life. I feel so confident in the fact that I will become independent in the future. It's been such an empowering experience.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, CLASS OF 2023
Thousands of high schools are already equipping their students with financial skills to thrive in the real world. Choose your state to find what personal finance courses your local high schools offer.SEE MAP
A CHILD'S ZIP CODE, RACE, OR FAMILY INCOME SHOULDN'T BE DESTINY
Montana State University & NGPF’s collaborative analysis of over 11,000 public high school course catalogs shows glaring gaps in financial education access by race, wealth, and locale. Share NGPF’s State of Financial Education Annual Report (below) with your local superintendent, directors of curriculum and instruction, school board members, and state education officials.
READ THE LATEST REPORT
1 Stoddard, C. and Urban, C. (2018). The Effects of K-12 Financial Education Mandates on Student Postsecondary Education Outcomes.
2 Harvey, M. (2017) Impact of Financial Education Mandates on Younger Consumers’ Use of Alternative Financial Services. Pardee RAND Graduate School, University of Wisconsin - Madison
3 Experian News & Research, 2019. Survey: Generation Z Keen on Learning About Personal Finance and Credit. Available at experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/
4 U.S. News & World Report, 2020. Survey: Majority of Parents Want High Schools To Teach Personal Finance. Available at creditcards.usnews.com/articles/survey-majority-of-parents-want-high-schools-to-teach-personal-finance