Financial Education

FAME has compiled the following free resources and tools to assist students, parents and educators with understanding the important elements of successful money management.

 

FAME Financial Education Resources

Elementary Coloring Book Series and Elementary Coloring Book Teaching Guide
Featuring FAME’s Cash & Max, this three-part series of coloring books was created to introduce elementary students (ideally grades K-2) with three key concepts; career exploration, education after high school and money management.

 

Elementary Workbook and Elementary Workbook Teaching Guide

This three-part series of workbooks was created to introduce elementary students (ideally grades three through five) with three key concepts; career exploration, education after high school and money management.

 

FAME Guide to Managing Your Money

FAME created Managing Your Money to arm you with the tips and tools for building lifelong money management skills. This guide is intended for consumers of any age. It covers everything from tracking your spending and creating (or sticking to) a budget to saving and investing for retirement.

Download the companion presentation

 

Claim Your Future® (formerly Get a Life)

FAME’s Claim Your Future game is an interactive financial literacy game created primarily for middle school and high school students. Through this game, students learn about potential career options, college aspirations and financial education; including budgeting, wants vs. needs and making choices.

 

SALT™ Financial Literacy Resource for Maine High School Students

Colleges across Maine have engaged thousands of students to utilize SALT, which offers well-timed, neutral financial education resources, and self-paced courses designed from the student's point of view. Through a partnership with American Student Assistance (ASA), FAME is able to offer SALT to all Maine high school students. Created by ASA, SALT is an innovative online program designed to empower students to confidently manage their money and build financial skills for life. Popular features include interactive money management lessons, a scholarship search tool, and resources to assist in college planning.

 

Maine high school students can access SALT at saltmoney.org/famehighschool.

 

Maine college students can access SALT at saltmoney.org/famecollege. They should enter their college’s name in the school/organization field.

 

Career Search
FAME's Career Search allows students to find careers that match their personality traits or to simply review a particular career to assess compatibility with their interests.

 

Calculators and Tools

Use these interactive online calculators to help you manage your money.

 

FAME Quick Tips

One-page fact sheets that provide useful tips and information related to financial aid and money management. Each fact sheet is created as a PDF for easy printing and distribution.

    

Steps to Financial Success

Learning how to manage your money is an important step toward taking control of your life. Understanding where your money is coming from and where it’s going is critical to help ensure that you achieve your life’s goals. It is never too early (or too late) to improve your money management skills.

Maine-Based Financial Education Resources

Financial Education Services Clearinghouse

Maine Jump$tart Coalition

 

Additional Financial Education Resources

Budgeting

Bankrate.com
EducationQuest Foundation
Mapping Your Future

 

Credit Bureaus
Equifax
Experian
TransUnion

 

Credit Card Advice and Calculators
Bankrate.com
Consumer Protection
Fair Isaac Corporation
Federal Reserve
Using Credit Cards Wisely
Truth About Credit
VISA Practical Money Skills

 

Foreign Exchange

Currency Converter

 

Higher Education Tax Benefits

Opportunity Maine Income Tax Credit
Federal Tax for Higher Education

 

Money Management

Bankrate.com

MyMoney.gov

National Foundation for Credit Counseling

Practical Money Skills

Young Money

 

Saving

America Saves

Saving for College

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  • Monday, February 09, 2015 11:03 AM

    The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) is pleased to announce that SALT™, an innovative online program designed to empower students to confidently manage their money and build financial skills for life, is now available to high school students across the state.  Created by American Student Assistance (ASA), SALT offers interactive money management lessons, a scholarship search tool, and numerous resources to assist in planning and paying for college. FAME offers SALT to all Maine high school students through a partnership with ASA.

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  • Friday, January 23, 2015 8:00 AM

    The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has announced that it has increased the amounts of NextGen College Investing Plan® matching grants to help Maine families that invest in education after high school. The annual NextStep Matching Grant is now up to $300 maximum and the Automated Funding Grant has doubled to $100.

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