Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

Finances for Youth and Young Adults

When should you start learning about money and saving? When should you start learning about how to make a budget and spend your money wisely? Answer: when you're young! Check out these resources and podcasts geared specifically toward youth and young adults.



Back to School!

It's back to school time! This article offers step-by-step guidelines on how approach back to school shopping so that you save as much money as possible.

Federal Student Aid
Get help paying for college by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through this U.S. Department of Education website.

Ages: 16+

Feed the Pig
Play fun, interactive games and take quizzes to gain important financial skills! is a project of the American Institute of CPAs.

Ages: 12+

Grow up Great
This Sesame Street website gives parents and caregivers the resources to teach children about money.

Ages: birth-5

History of Money
PBS offers a fun overview of the history of money and why it has been so important over thousands of years.

Ages: 7-12

Indiana University Money Smarts
Indiana University's Office of Financial Wellness and Education has a wide variety of resources and blogs to help keep you financially stable during college.

Ages: 16+

It's Your Money: You're an Adult - Now What?
This PowerPoint presentation discusses the unwritten rules about the financial life of an adult. Created by Jason Evans Groth, Monroe County Public Library, and Ashley Hall, United Way of Monroe County, these materials talk about ways to handle the unexpected financial challenges that happen to the freshly minted adult, as well as to those who have been adults for some time. "It's Your Money" is a program designed to help 15-29 year olds take control of their finances with the help of free and unbiased financial literacy resources provided by the Monroe County Public Library. Originally presented August 2012, this presentation can be used by individuals or instructors.

Ages: 15-29

Money As You Grow
This website offers a wealth of information to help kids lead financially smart lives. It is a project of President Obama President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

Ages: 3-18

Money Smart for Young Adults
The FDIC's Money Smart for Young Adults curriculum helps youth ages 12-20 learn the basics of handling their money and finances, including how to create positive relationships with financial institutions. Follow the link the to the FDIC website where the materials can be ordered online free of charge.

Ages: 12-20

Smart Saving for College
Are you or your child heading to college in the future? Then don't miss out on this website full of resources on saving for college and earning a degree without breaking the bank.

Ages: 16+

Student Budget Calculator
Thinking about college? Be financially prepared before you go! This calculator can easily calculate and analyze your budget you will have as a student.

Ages: 16+

"Ins and Outs of Money" Podcasts
"Ins and Outs of Money" is a radio segment providing economic education to keep your budget balanced, and connecting you to community resources that help you keep your finances functioning.

Kids and Finances, Part 1
Kids and Finances, Part 2 

It is never too early to start discussing dollars and cents with kids, especially considering debt often begins in their teens. In Part 1, Ashley and Sarah cover creative ways to engage your kids in learning about smart money choices for a variety of ages. In Part 2, Josh Wolf, Manager of the Children’s Department at the Monroe County Public Library joins Ashley and Sarah to discuss free money programs and the library’s wealth of books to help you introduce early concepts of saving, needs, and wants with your little ones.

Ages: All!

Thinking about college? Ashley talks with Patt McCafferty, Director of Financial Aid at Ivy Tech Community College, about the importance of filing a FAFSA.

Money Smarts and College Finances
Phil Schuman, Director of Financial Literacy for Indiana University, joins Sarah and Ashley to discuss college finance pitfalls and programs and resources that are available to help.

Student Loan Debt, Part 1
Student Loan Debt, Part 2
Ashley and Jason reflect on the state of student loans in America. For the first time in history, student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt in America. Why do people choose to take student loans? Why are they beneficial? And how can you avoid getting into trouble?

Ages: 16+


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