Idaho Department of Finance

Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy Links and Resources

  • Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB)External Link - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's website provides educational brochures on consumer financial products and services provided to Americans - whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.
  • Glossary of Financial Terms - Definitions for commonly used financial terms.
  • Idaho Commission for Libraries LiLIExternal Link
  • Get SmartExternal Link - Get $mart Idaho, an affiliate of the Idaho Financial Literacy Coalition
  • MyMoney.GovExternal Link - U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission - Providing financial education resources for all Americans.
  • AnnualCreditReport.comExternal Link - This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
  • The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial LiteracyExternal Link - The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of young adults.
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury Financial Literacy and Education CommissionExternal Link - The Financial Literacy and Education Commission (the Commission) was established under Title V, the Financial Literacy and Education Improvement Act, which was part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003, to improve financial literacy and education of persons in the United States.
  • National Endowment for Financial EducationExternal Link - The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to helping all Americans acquire the information and gain the skills necessary to take control of their personal finances. NEFE accomplishes its mission primarily by partnering with other concerned organizations to provide financial education to members of the public—in particular, to underserved individuals whose financial education issues are not being addressed by others. These partnerships are an effective means of responding to the needs of many different groups within the general population.
  • North American Securities Administrator AssociationExternal Link - Organized in 1919, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection. NASAA is a voluntary association whose membership consists of 67 state, provincial, and territorial securities administrators in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Mexico.
  • The Better Business BureauExternal Link - BBB reports provide information on over 2.5 million organizations. It's a good idea to check before you invest or give.
  • Federal Trade CommissionExternal Link - The Federal Trade Commission is the nation's consumer protection agency. The FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection works for the Consumer to prevent fraud, deception, and unfair business practices in the marketplace. The FTC provides a variety of both consumer and business informational brochures.
  • Fair Isaac Credit ReportingExternal Link - FICO provides information on citizen's credit scores and factors that are considered in scoring calculations. Links on FICO's website also discuss credit reports, and a quick credit calculator.
  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD)External Link - HUD offers excellent informational links pertaining to understanding your mortgage, HUD approved counselors, and how to avoid foreclosure - and more.
  • Idaho Housing and Finance AssociationExternal Link
  • National Credit Union AdministrationExternal Link
  • Second Life Virtual WorldExternal Link - University of Idaho Extension - Idahonia is the University of Idaho’s presence in the Second Life® universe. Second Life® is a multi-user real-time virtual community that is built and supported by its residents. Please note: After creating an account with Second Life® you will need to create an avatar.

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