Consumer Assistance - Financial Literacy
Financial Education for Teens and Adults
American Financial Services Association Education Foundation (AFSAEF): http://www.afsaef.org/index.cfm
Established in 1990 to heighten consumers' awareness of personal financial responsibility, the AFSAEF is a non-profit AFSA affiliate. The foundation's mission is to help consumers realize the benefits of responsible money management, understand the credit process, and seek help if credit problems occur. This site contains a variety of materials designed to educate both teens and adults on the credit process and money management.
America Saves provides free
financial tools, savings services, advice and resources that help
Americans from every income level take the steps needed to take
charge of their finances and manage money more effectively.
Bank of North Dakota College Planning Center: http://banknd.nd.gov/collegeplanning
Developed by the Employee Benefit
Research Institute (EBRI) and its American Savings Education Council
(ASEC) program, Choose to Save is a national public education
and outreach program dedicated to raising awareness about the
need to plan and save for long-term personal financial security.
As part of its mission, Choose to Save develops user-friendly,
multimedia materials to help individuals plan and save for their
This website was created by
the National Consumers League (NCL), the nation's oldest nonprofit
consumer organization, as a central source of information and
advice about fake check scams. NCL created the site in collaboration
with the Alliance for Consumer Fraud Awareness, a coalition of
consumer and business organizations, government agencies, and
companies that are committed to fighting fake check scams.
Money Smart is a comprehensive
financial education curriculum designed to help low- and moderate-income
individuals outside the financial mainstream enhance their financial
skills and create positive banking relationships. Money Smart
has reached over 2.75 million consumers since 2001. Research shows
that the curriculum can positively influence how consumers manage
their finances, and these changes are sustainable in the months
after the training. Money Smart offers education designed for
adults, youth, older adults, and small business.
Money Smart now offers a portable
audio (MP3) version, Money Smart Podcast Network.
Sponsored by the American Institute
of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and The Advertising Council,
this website is designed to encourage and help Americans ages
25-34 to take control of their personal finances. The website
offers resources designed to think through spending and saving
habits in order to identify ways that a consumer can start saving
and commit to making changes that will reduce their debt and grow
Financial Literacy and Education Commission: http://www.mymoney.gov
National Association of Consumer Credit Administrators (NACCA): http://naccaonline.org/Pages/education/index.html
NACCA was formed to improve the supervision of consumer credit agencies by both providing a forum for the exchange of information among its state regulatory members and educating the public through its Consumer Education Committee. This website contains information relating to a wide variety of topics concerning consumer credit, including an overview of various credit products, financial management, credit reports, and consumer pitfalls and scams.
National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE):
To help consumers and students
of all ages learn the essentials of personal finance, Visa has
partnered with leading consumer advocates, educators, and financial
institutions to develop the Practical Money Skills program. At
this website and whatsmyscore.org,
consumers, educators, parents, students and policymakers can access
free educational resources, including personal finance articles,
games, and lesson plans.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): http://www.sec.gov/investor.shtml