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Team up to win the Finance Challenge!

The Iowa Finance Challenge is a new online financial literacy program available for middle and high school students. This online competition includes 30 questions for students to test their knowledge on income and money management, spending and credit, and savings and investing. Students compete in teams of three or four in the challenge, and test individually to measure the knowledge they have gained.

In addition to providing students with a fun and engaging way to build their financial literacy knowledge, the challenge offers students the chance to win cash prizes. Prizes will be awarded in April during Money Smart Week to the first, second and third place winning teams. The first place team will receive $25 per team member, the second place team will receive $15 per team member, and the third place team will receive $10 per team member. Every team that participates also is registered for a drawing for a $100 gift card.

Teachers interested in having students participate in the challenge can contact Erica Vonk of the Iowa Center for Economic Education at Dordt College at 712-722-6341 or Erica.Vonk@Dordt.edu. The challenge is being facilitated and managed by the Iowa Center for Economic Education at Dordt College, and made possible through a joint sponsorship by the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition and Wells Fargo.

Visit their website at http://financechallenge.unl.edu and click on Iowa.

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Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge 2015

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As many of you know, registration for the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge for Iowa high schools ended Jan. 31, 2015. This challenge was presented by Iowa Student Loan. More info about the contest can be found here.

There were 32 schools that completed all three steps of the registration process to be entered into the drawing. The auditor has completed the drawing and I have a list of the 30 winning schools.

Please check out the winners here.

In the next couple of weeks, a plaque and award check will also be sent to winning schools. A certificate of participation will be sent to those schools that were not selected. A press release will be sent early March announcing the winners.

Congratulating to winners and participating schools!

Official Press Release

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Financial Literacy Blog Contest

Iowa Financial Literacy Program Blog Contest

Help your students kick off the second half of the year by entering for a chance to become Iowa Financial Literacy Program’s Student of the Month!  One student will be selected each month and win a $50 prize!

Iowa College Student Aid Commission and EverFi are encouraging students across Iowa to speak up and share their stories about how financial education has and will impact their lives by launching the Iowa Financial Literacy Program Blog Contest. Encourage your students to tap into their creativity and get involved for a chance to win. The contest is open to all students who have completed the Iowa Financial Literacy Program this school year, with one winner chosen monthly from February through May. To view additional contest details, including submission information, rules and guidelines, click here.

Haven’t started the Iowa Financial Literacy Program yet?

No worries, this is a great time to dive in!  The lessons are engaging and fun, while using technology to teach today’s digital generation.  After a short 15 minute training, you are ready to start the course with your classes.  It only takes a few hours to complete, is a great supplement to existing curriculum, and can be implemented in a variety of ways. To learn more about the Iowa Financial Literacy Program (powered by EverFi), watch this 3-minute video and let me know when you’re ready for registration information.  The program is available at no cost to you thanks to the investment of Iowa College Aid and local community sponsors.

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Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge Kicks Off, Giving Participating High Schools Chance to Win $1,000

A partnership of educational organizations is providing an incentive for Iowa high schools to assess their students’ financial understanding. Schools have a chance at a cash prize by participating in the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge between now and Jan. 31, 2015. Iowa Student Loan® — in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Jump$tart Coalition, Junior Achievement of Central Iowa and the Iowa College Access Network — is sponsoring the challenge and providing a chance for schools to win $1,000 for their participation. Teachers who take part in the challenge can also cater activities to satisfy financial literacy requirements for the Iowa Core 21st Century Skills.

The challenge is intended to reward Iowa high school educators who promote critical financial literacy skills by using two online financial literacy tutorials in classrooms. High schools that register and have students experience Student Loan Game PlanSM and ROCI Reality Check by Jan. 31willbe entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of 30 cash prizes.

Click here to learn more. Or click here to enter.