Financial Education Services
The Financial Education Services pages serve as a repository of organizations in Maine providing financial education resources, presentations, or workshops. You may search for organizations in your county or statewide.
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Adult Education of the Kennebunks and Arundel provides financial literacy classes to both students and community members.
Bonny Eagle Adult Education offers a variety of educational workshops and information on buying a home, using Quickbooks for business and personal use, on financial aid opportunities for college, and financial and retirement planning. Register by calling (207) 929-9185 or on-line at www.sad6.maineadulted.org. Se habla español.
CEI offers financial literacy courses and one-on-one financial coaching for low-income adults. CEI also offers an Individual Development Account program for refugees and asylees who qualify. CEI’s resources are offered in several languages other than English.
Central Maine Credit Union offers financial education presentations to high school classes as well as one-on-one counseling to credit union members.
The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) offers a variety of free resources, tools, and classroom curriculum designed to assist students, parents, and educators with understanding the important elements of successful money management. FAME will also provide presentations upon request on a variety of financial education topics and the Get a Life game. FAME provides resources in Acholi, Arabic, Khmer, Nuer, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Somali, and Spanish among other languages.
Girl Scouts of Maine offers a financial empowerment curriculum for Girl Scout members, serving girls K-12 throughout the state of Maine. The curriculum gives girls the opportunity to build their business savvy and hone their financial literacy skills. Materials are intended for purchase by Girl Scout members but may also be purchased by the general public.
Jobs for Maine’s Graduates classroom specialists deliver financial literacy as a component of their regular curriculum to middle and high school students. Additionally, JMG manages the Opportunity Passport program, a financial literacy and matched savings program for youth in foster care ages 14-26. JMG will also provide workshops upon request.
Junior Achievement of Maine, Inc. is a local non-profit organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. In partnership with businesses and educators, JA brings the real world to Maine students, opening their minds to their potential and preparing them for the world of work. Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. With help from our dedicated volunteers, JA students put the lessons they learn into action, and help strengthen their community.
Key Bank offers free workshops and presentations regarding budgeting, credit, setting financial goals, as well as other topics related to money management. Key Bank also provides an online money management self-assessment and education tool that is available in both English and Spanish. Interested educators or community members may contact Key Bank to learn more about scheduling a workshop or presentation.
Lawrence Adult Education offers workshops pertaining to paying for college, including FAFSA completion. Toolkits about college are also distributed.
Machias Savings Bank offers financial literacy classes upon request. Machias Savings Bank also offers online portals through EverFi for high school juniors and seniors as well as curriculum through American Bankers Association for students K-12. Additionally, financial resources, including budgeting resources, are made available to bank customers.
Maine Adult Education Association oversees member Adult Education programs throughout Maine and may be contacted for information about programs specific to an area.
Maine Bankers Association supports member banks by bringing financial literacy training to their local communities and informing communities about existing programs. An educator seeking financial literacy curriculum or content may contact Maine Bankers Association, which will then help the educator contact a local banker.
The Maine Credit Union League coordinates Financial Fitness-Money Management Experience Fairs for high school students statewide. The Maine Credit Union League also provides curriculum resources for teachers, including FoolProof. Resources are available in Spanish, French, and several African languages.
Maine Department of Education provides information regarding resources and professional development opportunities via posts in the DOE Newsroom and several cross-content area ListServs and newsletters. The Social Studies Specialist serves as a liaison to the Maine Jump$tart Coalition and maintains contacts with various financial literacy related organizations at the national level. The Department provides a list of resources (which includes lesson plans and curriculum) for consideration by educators.
Maine Education Services (MES) is a non-profit organization created to foster and promote access to higher education for all Maine students. The organization's goal is to ensure success in college and beyond by providing free college planning and preparation materials, financial literacy tools, as well as transitional support and career exploration.
MES assists families in understanding the full cost of college and show ways to compare schools to make the best choices for students financially and academically. Their resources teach ways to borrow less to set the foundation for a financially responsible future and offer information on college scholarships, financial aid, and student loans.
The Maine Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP), Personal Financial Counselor (PFC) works with military service members and families to provide workplace training and presentations, individual counseling, and other financial resources.
The mission of the Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is to improve the financial knowledge of Maine citizens, with a special focus on pre-K through college students, including adult learners. Working collaboratively, the Coalition seeks to increase awareness and provide training and support to Maine educators while also promoting educational resources and fostering communication among agencies and individuals who provide financial education to Maine families.
Our members are individuals and organizations who recognize and support the lifetime benefits of personal financial education, including government agencies, financial institutions, corporations, teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators, adult educators, not-for-profits, parents and students.
We are a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.
The Maine Office of Securities disseminates financial literacy information regarding wise and safe investing in addition to providing presentations to students and seniors upon request.
MaineHousing supports non-profit organizations that deliver housing counseling services to underserved populations: elderly, rural, Native American, people with disabilities, and the homeless. MaineHousing also supports hoMEworks homebuyer education classes, provides buying and rental housing presentations upon request, and supports the delivery of financial literacy education to immigrant and refugees in English and other languages.
Merrymeeting Adult Education provides classroom presentations and individual counseling pertaining to college transitions and filling out the FAFSA to individuals living in Northern Cumberland and Sagadahoc Counties.
MSAD 11 Adult Education offers workshops on money management, retirement planning, and financial literacy.
New Dimensions Federal Credit Union provides classroom presentations, handouts, and curriculum for students K-12. New Dimensions FCU also offers an online financial literacy portal designed for children and young adults. Additionally, financial resources, including budgeting resources, are made available to credit union members.
Noble Adult and Community Education offers checking, banking, and financial literacy skills as part of an ESOL class. A 45 hour financial literacy course is mandatory as part of the high school diploma program. Noble Adult and Community Education also offers the general public workshops on basic finance, retirement, and budgeting.
Norway Savings Bank (NSB) is a member of the FDIC’s Money Smart Alliance offering instructor-led financial education workshops for consumers, as well as aspiring or existing small business owners. The Money Smart curriculum is available to elementary school age children, young adults and adults. Money Smart for Small Business was developed jointly by FDIC and SBA and provides participants – persons without formal business training – a basic understanding of the financial aspects of running a small business.
NSB participates in the American Bankers Association Lights, Camera, Save! Video Contest – a unique national competition that encourages youth to use video to communicate the value of savings and inspire others to become lifelong savers.
The NSB website includes The Resource Center where consumers can find practical advice on some of the most important financial decisions like buying a car, a home, starting a business, managing finances, paying for college or planning for retirement.
The Portland Housing Authority provides budgeting and financial tools for low income residents who receive a housing subsidy.
Region 9 Adult Education offers financial aid nights that are open to the public as well as individual resources and classroom presentations.
RSU 16 Adult Education offers financial literacy classes for adults as part of community enrichment offerings. A small fee of up to $10 may be charged depending on the course offering.
Scarborough Adult Learning Center provides college information to all GED and Adult High School Diploma students upon earning their credential. In addition, financial literacy information, college transition classes, and Accuplacer Testing are offered at the Center.
CA$H Greater Portland (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope), managed by United Way of Greater Portland, is a partnership of community leaders and industry experts working together to help individuals and families achieve long-term financial stability. Through community and workplace outreach, these partnerships encourage individuals and families in Cumberland County to find ways to make the most of their money—increase their income and build savings—by utilizing free workshops, financial education tools, and free income tax preparation events. CA$H Greater Portland serves all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick and Harpswell. Interested individuals may also visit www.cashgp.org.
The United Way of Mid-Maine facilitates free tax preparation services to low income individuals and families in Northern Kennebec, Somerset, and Western Waldo Counties through the Central Maine CASH Coalition.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension supports and provides the National Endowment for Financial Education’s High School Financial Planning Program and curriculum that teachers and schools may use. Resources are also available in Spanish.
WWC offers free classes in personal money management, career planning, and small business planning. Individual appointments are also available. Open to men and women of all ages and backgrounds.
York Adult Education works one on one with students and makes referrals to agencies and organizations in addition to holding FAFSA and budgeting workshops.