Free Financial Literacy Program Shows Growth for High School Participants

COLUMBUS – A free financial literacy program is helping high school students learn how to manage money.

State Treasurer Don Stenberg stopped in Columbus Wednesday to discuss how the Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars online program is benefitting those students who participate. He says the financial literacy program improves the knowledge gain of participants at an average of 61 percent.

The program, which is funded by the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST), allows students to learn about budgeting, insurance taxes, credit, mortgages, and consumer protection information among other financial topics.

“It’s a great tool for high school students to learn because no matter what they go into, whether they have their own business, whether they work for a paycheck, or whether they are just running a household, it’s important to learn,” Stenberg shared. “No matter what you do in your life you’re going to deal with all of those issues.”

For more information on how to access the free resource click here.

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