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WISELearn Personal Financial Literacy

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WISELearn for Personal Financial Literacy is a resource central for schools, instructors, etc. on Personal Financial Literacy


Wisconsin-Based Resources

  • See how Wisconsin ranks in financial literacy and what experts say the fed and state governments should be done.
  • Your Life, Your Money is aimed at young adults who want to get their financial lives on track. It features a number of financial experts, including our friends Michelle Singletary (of Wisconsin) and Beth Kobliner.
  • Study: “Are Teachers Making the Grade in Personal Finance Education?"
  • 2010 Financial Literacy Report: an interim view of Wisconsin's Financial Literacy legacy and future. [.pdf 1.5M, 36 pages]
  • Reality Stores for information on and links to Calendar of Events around the state.
  • MyMazuma - a Wisconsin Bankers Foundation created website to help you answer money-related questions such as how to save for college, buy a first home, or get a car loan. Search the website to find services, articles, classes, videos and in-school curriculum with answers to your financial questions.

Organization Available Resources
WI Department of Financial Institutions (DFI)

Look Forward to Your Future website is a resource for students and parents who are facing questions and decisions about college and student debt.

  • StudentsLook Forward to your Future
  • Parents
  • Educators
  • Resources
  • Calendar of Events
  • WI Loan Providers
National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy (NIFEL) Three weeks of professional development for teachers each summer. Offered at Edgewood College, Madison.
Student Career Info Provides live, interactive videoconferencing and web site stored video discussions on topics that provide information and insight on careers and life challenges for students, teachers and parents.
Economics Wisconsin We work with teachers across Wisconsin through our Centers for Economic Education, our workshops and other financial and economic programs.
Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy and Capability The Council is part of a pro-active approach to improving financial literacy in Wisconsin and making the state the recognized national leader when it comes to promoting financial literacy.
Educational Communications Board
  • Financial Literacy: Teach It! website
  • Money Moments for parents website
Wisconsin Jump$tart Coalition Speakers for the classroom
Support for financial literacy
Asset Builders of America
  • Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl
  • Lifetime Returns Calculator
  • Money Conferences around the state
  • Academy of Finance for Students during summer
Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) Workshops for teachers, as well as students
Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WAFSAA)
  • Fall workshops on updates in the student financial aid process
  • Information on completing the FAFSA
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin (JA)
Next Gen Personal Finance in Wisconsin 
Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges College Readiness 21 program 
College Possible (Milwaukee) After-school program in Milwaukee for low-income students preparing for college
Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation (GLHEC) Dedicated to helping make college a reality. Also make successful student loan repayment possible, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and private lenders.
Higher Education Aids Board HEAB administers programs of student financial aid, including grant, scholarship, and loan programs; tuition reciprocity agreements; and tuition capitation contracts.
(formerly Make a Difference Wisconsin)

Proven financial education curriculum for educators; lessons led by volunteers from your business community; flexible lessons and scheduling.

Wisconsin Institute for Certified Public Accountants
  • Feed the Pig Elementary Curriculum
  • Classroom Speakers
  • Database of Reality Store Dates across the state
  • Accounting/finance resources
  • 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy Curriculum
  • Classroom grants
Wisconsin Educational Opportunities Program (WEOP)
  • Academic counseling
  • Financial aid information
  • Increasing early awareness of educational opportunities
  • Clarifying vocational and educational goals
  • Selecting an appropriate college or training program
  • Completing admission forms and arranging for college entrance tests
  • Applying for financial aid by explaining the process and helping fill out the financial aid form
  • Applying for pre-college programs
  • Providing scholarship information, college catalogs, brochures, admissions application, and financial aid forms
UW-Madison Center for Financial Security
  • Family Financial Security Webinar Series
  • Financial Security Working Papers and Practitioner Briefs
  • Financial Coaching Strategies
  • Local and National Financial Security Events
  • Archived Newsletter, Podcasts and Presentations
  • Your Money Tools and Resources
Xello (formely Career Cruising)

Financial Literacy connections to Wisconsin Academic & Career Planning for all students in grades 6-12.

Dave Thomas
Business & Information Technology
Education Consultant

(608) 266-2348

Kristen McDaniel
Social Studies Education Consultant
(608) 266-2207

Diane Ryberg
Family & Consumer Sciences Education Consultant 
(608) 267-9088