Websites, videos, and courses

Combine these websites, videos, and courses from federal government agencies and national nonprofit organizations with state and local resources to build a customized list for your library.

Have suggestions for other financial education websites, videos, or courses? Email them to financialeducation@cfpb.gov.

Websites

  • 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
    American Society for Certified Public Accountants

    This site focuses on financial education as a lifelong endeavor—from children learning about the value of money to adults reaching a secure retirement.

  • America Saves
    Consumer Federation of America

    This website supports the national America Saves Week campaign by offering tools and advice to help people set and reach their savings goals.

  • AnnualCreditReport.com
    Equifax, Experian, TransUnion

    This is the only source to get free credit reports authorized by federal law. This law requires each of the three largest consumer credit reporting agencies to give you a free copy of your credit report every 12 months.

  • Ballpark E$timate, Choose to Save
    Employee Benefit Research Institute’s Education and Research Fund

    The Ballpark E$timate is an easy-to-use worksheet that helps you approximate how much you need to save to fund a comfortable retirement.

  • CFTC SmartCheck
    Commodity Futures Trading Commission

    Run by the U.S. CFTC, SmartCheck connects investors to tools to check the registration, license, and disciplinary history of certain financial professionals.

  • Consumer.gov
    Federal Trade Commission

    Includes easy-to-read and understand resources for basic money management, credit, scams, and ID theft.

  • consumerfinance.gov
    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

    Learn more about the CFPB and how it is working to make consumer financial markets fairer for everyone.

    • Submit a complaint about consumer financial products and services.
    • Ask CFPB provides answers to common money questions.
    • CFPB en Español proporciona información de las respuestas y preguntas más comunes acerca de servicios y productos financieros. También incluye información de cómo presentar una queja.
    • Paying for College tools and information can help you make better informed decisions.
  • Consumidor.gov
    Federal Trade Commission

    Incluye conceptos básicos de protección del consumidor como manejar su dinero; crédito, préstamos y deudas; estafas y el robo de identidad.

  • Employee Benefits Security Administration Consumer Assistance
    Department of Labor

    Provides answers to questions about workplace benefits, and offers links to assist you if you believe you have been denied a health or retirement benefit inappropriately.

  • Federal Student Aid
    Department of Education

    Get information about preparing for college, types of federal aid, how to apply for aid using the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA); and your loan repayment options.

  • Find a Housing Counselor
    CFPB

    This online tool uses information from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to find HUD-certified housing counselors near you. HUD counselors can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues.

  • FINRA Broker Check
    Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

    Search for broker dealers to confirm they are properly registered and check their disciplinary histories.

  • FINRA Professional Designations Database
    FINRA

    Decode the letters that sometimes follow a financial professional’s name. You can also see whether the issuing organization requires continuing education, takes complaints or has a way for you to confirm who holds the credential.

  • GobiernoUSA.gov
    General Services Administration

    GobiernoUSA.gov es parte de USA.gov, el portal oficial del Gobierno de Estados Unidos con información confiable, actual e importante para usted cuándo y dónde la necesite.

  • Income Tax Withholding Calculator
    Internal Revenue Service

    Are you withholding to much or too little from your paycheck? Did you get married, divorced or have a child? Use this calculator to determine whether or not you need to file a new W-4.

  • Investor.gov
    Securities and Exchange Commission

    A site to help investors at all experience levels understand how to invest wisely and avoid fraud.

  • Kids.gov
    General Services Administration

    Information, games, and videos on multiple topics, including money. The site is divided into resources for kids (grades K–5), teens (grades 6–8), teachers, and parents.

  • MakingHomeAffordable.gov
    Department of Treasury, HUD

    The Making Home Affordable Program (MHA) ® is a critical part of the Obama Administration’s broad strategy to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, stabilize the country’s housing market, and improve the nation’s economy.

  • Military OneSource
    Department of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy, and USA.gov

    This site helps military members and their families get their finances in order and plan for a healthy financial future.

  • Money as You Grow
    President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability

    Twenty essential, age-appropriate financial lessons—with corresponding activities—that kids need to know as they grow.

  • Money Smart
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

    A comprehensive financial education curriculum designed to help people improve their financial skills and create positive banking relationships.

  • MyCreditUnion.gov
    National Credit Union Administration

    The National Credit Union Administration’s consumer protection website MyCreditUnion.gov, and its financial literacy microsite, Pocket Cents, offer a variety of educational information, resources, and articles designed to help individuals make smarter financial decisions.

  • MyMoney.gov
    Department of Treasury

    Publications, information and tools from more than 20 federal agencies that make up the Financial Literacy Education Commission.

  • SaveAndInvest.org
    FINRA Investor Education Foundation

    Unbiased financial tools and information for investors, with special information for military families and help for investors to avoid investment fraud.

  • Social Security Retirement Estimator
    Social Security Administration

    The Retirement Estimator gives benefits estimates based on your actual Social Security earnings record.

  • USA.gov
    General Services Administration

    The official web portal of the U.S. government. USA.gov contains timely and valuable government information and resources on a variety of topics including consumer protection, small business, benefits, health insurance, taxes and more.

Youth sites

  • Build a Million Club
    4H

    Target audiences: Teens, young adults

  • Feed the Pig
    American Society for Certified Public Accountants

    Target audience: Young adults

  • Financial Entertainment
    Doorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund

    Target audiences: High school and college students and younger adults

  • For Me, For You, For Later
    Sesame Street

    Target audiences: Young children and parents

  • Kids.gov
    General Services Administration

    Target audiences: Young children, young adults, parents and teachers

Videos

  • Better Money Habits
    Khan Academy

    Khan Academy videos on a variety of financial education topics, from basic money management to credit and debt management, to long-term savings and more.

  • How an Employer Match Boosts Savings
    Financial Literacy Center

    If your employer provides a match to what you contribute to a retirement account, your assets will accumulate at a much faster rate.

  • How Diversification Decreases Risk
    Financial Literacy Center

    To protect your retirement savings, you need to choose a range of investments to avoid the risk of a single asset losing value.

  • How Inflation Diminishes Savings
    Financial Literacy Center

    When saving for the future, you need to understand that as prices increase, the purchasing power of your money will decrease.

  • How Tax-Advantaged Accounts Build Assets
    Financial Literacy Center

    Saving your money in a tax-free or tax-deferred Roth IRA or 401(k) retirement account will allow you to accumulate funds more quickly over time.

  • How to Spot an Investment Scam
    FINRA Investor Education Foundation

    Investment fraud criminals use a wide array of sophisticated and highly effective tactics to get people to part with their money. Learn how to spot those techniques and help protect not just yourself but friends, neighbors and family members.

  • Save Like Mike
    CFPB

    Mike’s not that different from most consumers. Like so many of us he makes sacrifices to get the things he wants. And he knows that the only way to get closer to his dreams is to plan ahead. And that’s what saving is all about.

  • Savings Matters (En Espanol)
    Department of Labor

    Most young workers haven’t calculated how much they need for retirement and only about half are saving for retirement at all. Learn why starting early and contributing regularly will make it easier to reach your retirement goals.

Courses

  • Elementary School Economics
    Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

    Personal finance and economic lessons are paired with popular children’s books. Librarians can read the book to the children and follow the reading with discussions about money decisions, saving, spending, choices, needs and wants and much more. Includes lesson plans and handouts.

  • Econlowdown
    Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

    An online learning platform for more than 25 courses about money, financial decisions and economics. Register free to access the full list of courses. Instructors can select courses for their online “classrooms,” hold online discussions with classroom students, view progress, and present poll questions or surveys.

  • Federal Student Aid – Financial Aid Toolkit
    Department of Education

    The Financial Aid Toolkit provides federal student aid information and outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors, and others.

  • Money Smart
    Federal Deposit Insurance Commission

    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 for Older Americans
    CFPB, FDIC

    An instructor-led training developed jointly by FDIC and CFPB, this module provides awareness among older adults and their caregivers about how to prevent elder financial exploitation and to encourage advance planning and informed financial decision-making.

  • NEFE Financial Workshop Kits
    National Endowment for Financial Education

    Customizable workshop kits focus on varied—yet specific—audiences. The 10 main topic areas offer resources and information specific to people’s income level, stage of life, or unique situations.

  • NEFE High School Financial Planning Program
    National Endowment for Financial Education

    A turnkey financial literacy program offered in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute for Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA) through participating Land-Grant University Cooperative Extension Services (CES) and the Credit Union National Association, Inc. (CUNA).

  • Take Charge Today
    Take Charge America Institute, University of Arizona

    A program and curriculum with a decision-based approach to personal finance that provides a consistent framework for thinking through financial choices in order to improve well-being.

  • Thrive by 5
    Credit Union National Association Inc.

    Simple activities and other resources that are parent-and-child tested and meant to give you ideas for: Teaching how money works and what it can do, talking about how your family uses money, and modeling good money management.

  • Right on the Money
    Penn State Cooperative Extension and Pennsylvania Office of Financial Education

    A four-session course that uses fun children’s books to introduce children to key financial concepts. It also provides parents with tools and information to reinforce their own financial knowledge as well as positively influence their children’s future money management skills.

Inclusion of entities or websites in this list should not be considered an endorsement by the CFPB. There are many other possible entities that are not listed that may also be able to serve your needs.