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Financial Literacy

Free Financial Literacy Online

  • http://www.opploans.com/mooc/
    OppU is a free online curriculum that teaches the fundamentals of financial literacy. It includes interactive video-based lessons and cumulative quizzes that are appropriate for a range of ages. OppU’s money management lessons are expert-vetted and educator-endorsed, and have been featured in journals such as EdTech Digest and eCampus News .
  • Foundations of Money Management
    The course is compatible with desktop, laptop, and tablet-based browsers, but is not ideal for mobile use
  1. Start by logging in at http://pncfoundations.com/
  2. You’ll be asked to enter your name, email address and a password. Be sure to remember your password so you can log back in if you get interrupted and want to restart. PNC always respects your privacy and won’t use your information for anything besides your Foundations registration. 
  3. The course has several short, multiple choice Knowledge Checks. When you have completed the seminar, you’ll know instantly whether you earned a passing score. If you did not pass, you can retake the seminar at any time. 
  4. Once completed, print your Certificate of Completion.  You can take it into any PNC Bank branch and, with proper ID, you are eligible to apply for a Foundation Checking account. Please tell them you used the Community Resources website to take your on-line class.
  • http://www.FoolProofMe.com
    Free online financial literacy lessons for students and individuals of all ages. In addition to the courses, you’ll find useful guides with short videos on various consumer finance topics, such as buying a car or avoiding the latest scams.  Choose from high school, home school and college curriculum or educate yourself, a family friend or family member.
  • Credit Information

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/credit-card-fraud/

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/what-is-a-good-credit-score/

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/how-to-build-credit/

With credit cards becoming the most popular form of payment around the world, it’s no wonder that credit card fraud is on the rise. Worldwide, credit card fraud is valued at more than $5.5 billion in losses, with the United States—the only country in which counterfeit-card fraud is consistently growing—accounted for 47% of that amount.

While it is a crime that some may consider “victimless”, most people are unaware of its consequences and implications. One often overlooked ramification is consumer credit rating. Today's media is great at reporting the crime, but fail to educate on the significance and the true effects. For this reason, my team of researchers and I have developed a collection of resources that will help consumers gain in-depth understanding credit card fraud, develop strategies to keep them safe, as well as what it all means in term of consumer credit rating.

  • Financial Self-Defense Kit

Dear Abby: Avoid becoming a victim of a scam by getting free Financial Self-Defense Kit - By Jeanne Phillips

DEAR ABBY: Making wise decisions about what to do with your money can be tough. Insurance policies, mortgages and investment plans come with so much terminology and fine print. The phone calls, email messages and mail offers for products and services are endless, and some are downright dishonest. It seems as if there’s a scammer — or an opportunity to make the wrong financial decision — around every corner.

To help your readers sort out the offers for products and financial services that come their way, USA.gov, the federal government’s official website, has created a Free Financial Self-Defense Kit. It contains a dozen publications that explain how to make solid investment, shopping and credit decisions. And it’s also filled with advice on protecting your consumer rights, and recognizing and avoiding scams, especially those aimed at seniors.

Abby, thank you for sharing this empowering kit with your readers. Armed with the information, they’ll be better prepared and feel more confident facing financial choices. — Sarah Crane, Acting Director, Federal Citizen Information Center

DEAR SARAH: Frankly, I should be thanking you for giving me the opportunity to share this valuable information with my readers. I thought the kit you produced last year was wonderful, but this one is even better.