Financial Literacy

This page contains links to various Financial Literacy resources for all age groups. The State Library of Kansas is not attempting to give financial advice, but rather to point patrons in the right direction of finding trustworthy resources and to be part of the financial literacy community network. Some links have multiple components, so be sure to view all the resources.

Youth (K-12):

Money As You Grow
20 things kids need to know to live financially smart lives.

Money As You Grow Book List
This list was developed in May 2012 by the Quicklists Consulting Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, in support of the Money as You Grow website.
Resources for Youth from My Money
Use this link to find games, fun activities, websites, video games, and information about money for kids and youth.

Teens and Money
Prepare teens to make wise decisions about earning and spending, credit and budgeting, and saving and investing.

The Mint
Provides tools to help parents as well as educators teach children to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits.

Your Life, Your Money
Bolstered by the wisdom and experience of experts, these young people take control of their lives, providing powerful examples of what it means to "manage your money and not be managed by your money." 


ABCs of Credit Card Finance
This site is dedicated to the topic of student credit card literacy.  This on-line program has been converted to one that is interactive and animated, that can be taken independently by students with the option for results to be emailed to teachers with completion notices and grades achieved on quizzes.

$ALT Money Blog

The SALT™ Blog helps college students and young alums with personal finance.

Budgeting for College Students
This guide, from the Community for Accredited Online Schools, offers up-to-date and actionable content that will help students understand how imperative it is to budget. It also highlights common mistakes that are made with budgeting, how to get back on track, and a free budgeting template.

 Universities in Kansas may also have a financial counseling portion of their website for students who have questions about student loans and other financial issues, such as Kansas State University and Washburn University. Check with your school to see if they offer financial counseling.

Adults and Families:

Better Money Habits

Khan Academy has partnered with the Bank of America to provide simple answers to key financial topics.  This collection of videos and tools make understanding money and finances a little easier.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Ensuring consumers get the information they need to make the financial decisions they believe are best for themselves and their families.
Financial Literacy Update

A bimonthly e-newsletter that reports financial literacy events, initiatives, and related resources of the OCC and other government agencies and organizations.

Investing for Farm Families

This online class gives farm families the information they need to make strategic decisions while weaving together farm and personal investments.  Developed by eXtension educators across the nation, the 8-lesson course helps farm families plan for a financially stable future that meets long-term needs.  Participants can work at their own pace, with each lesson taking less than an hour.

My Money
The resources provide background information, helpful guidance, and hints and tips to assist with your decisions.

Personal Finance - eXtension
eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the best land-grant university minds across America.  eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers - experts who know their subject matter inside out.
A project of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation which provides free, unbiased resources dedicated to your financial health.  Easy-to-use tools and resources which help you make informed financial decisions - and arm you with the information you need to protect yourself from investment fraud.

Smart About Money
Smart About Money, or SAM, is a free, unbiased resource where you can find articles, resources, calculators, and tips to help you manage your money through life's ups and downs.

Older Adults:

Consumer Information...Pass It On

Watch presentations and videos, read articles, and participate in activities on scams from the Federal Trade Commission, and pass on some information that could help you and someone you know.  

Money Smart for Older Adults

Resource guide for designed to provide you with information and tips to help prevent common frauds, scams and other types of elder financial exploitation in your community.

My Retirement Paycheck
A Retirement Paycheck is a practical way to think about how you will pay yourself during your retirement years. Topics covered include: Social Security, Home & Mortgage, Insurance, Retirement Plans, Savings & Investments, Debt, Fraud, and Work.