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Financial Literacy Resources

Iowa banks are committed to helping improve the financial literacy of Iowans, whether it’s by teaching children about saving, educating families about buying a home, assisting entrepreneurs with growing a business, or helping adults prepare for retirement.

The Iowa Bankers Association (IBA) is here to help support Iowa banks in their local financial literacy efforts – by providing opportunities for best practice sharing, communication tools, and access to sponsorship opportunities and other resources with other organizations also committed to financial literacy.

Communication Tools

  • Articles – The IBA offers articles on a variety of financial education topics that banks can share in their newsletters or on their websites.
  • Additional Materials and Calculators – The American Bankers Association also offers a variety of consumer-friendly articles, calculators and other resources available online.

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • American Bankers Association Education Foundation – The ABA Education Foundation offers several ways to get involved with financial literacy, to help Iowans of all ages, including:
  • EverFi – EverFi is a financial education software company endorsed by the Iowa Bankers Association that offers programs Iowa banks can co-brand in local schools, including the Vault for grades 4-6, EverFi for grades 9-12, Transit for undergraduate students, and EverFi@Work for adults.
  • Iowa College Access Network – ICAN is an organization dedicated to helping high school students and their parents learn about saving for college, and offers opportunities to sponsor financial planning guides, resources and meetings.
  • Iowa Jump$tart – Iowa Jump$tart is a coalition of organizations that promote financial literacy in Iowa. It offers options to sponsor a Personal Financial Literacy Conference each July and Money Smart Week activities each April.
  • Junior Achievement – Junior Achievement is a national organization with regional offices in Iowa, which offers opportunities to sponsor financial literacy kits and to volunteer for classroom training for students grades K-12.

Additional Resources

  • America Saves – The Consumer Federation of America’s America Saves Program provides a variety of financial education resources for individuals and organizations.
  • Cemark, Inc.– Cemark publishes and distributes educational materials addressing the problem of personal financial literacy and to help support business objectives, including youth and adult marketing campaigns, community outreach programs and name recognition.
  • FDIC – The FDIC’s Money Smart Education Program provides financial education curriculum and resources free of charge for consumers or small businesses. learn more>> The FDIC also offers a variety of lessons plans and materials for teaching financial literacy. Click to view their 2020 high school resource sheet.
  • Iowa Aging and Disability Resource Center – Through the LifeLong™ Links program, the Iowa Aging and Disability Resource Center managed by the Iowa Area Agencies on Aging, find a variety of educational resources and planning tools designed to help caregivers and individuals prepare for the financial and life journey responsibilities of caring for the aging and those living with disabilities. Call 866-468-7887
  • Iowa Department of Education– IDOE also offers financial literacy resources for K-12 teachers.
  • Iowa Student Loan –  Iowa Student Loan offers a variety of tools and resources to help students prepare for the cost of college, including ROCI, an online tutorial that allows students to compare various types of jobs and their associated starting salaries, and the Student Loan Game Plan, to help students learn how to manage college expenses.
  •– This U.S. government website provides training resources for teaching the basics about financial education, from balancing a checkbook to investing in a 401(k).
  • National Endowment for Financial Education – NEFE is a private, nonprofit national foundation that provides youth and adult financial education resources, training tools and research.