Many US states now teach personal finance to high schoolers.

March 4, 2024
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  • Half of U.S. states now offer personal finance classes for high school students.
  • Pennsylvania passed an education policy bill to guarantee a personal finance course for high schoolers.

Half of U.S. states now offer standalone personal finance courses for high school students, with Pennsylvania becoming the 25th state to pass an education policy bill to guarantee such a course. The bill, sponsored by Senator Chris Gebhard, aims to provide students with a strong foundation in basic financial concepts. The course will cover topics including budgeting, saving, credit management, investing, and understanding loans and interest rates. The bill received support from policymakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as parents, business groups, nonprofit organizations, and educators across the state. Pennsylvania’s personal finance course requirement will begin with the 2026-2027 school year, highlighting the importance of financial literacy for high school students.

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