A little education can go a long ways towards protecting consumers. Financial literacy and investor education are critical life skills for all Iowans. The Iowa Insurance Division strives to help Iowans by providing information to help them make prudent financial choices and to be wise and safe investors. Information provided by the Iowa Insurance Division and our partners help Iowans of all ages to understand basic financial principles, the financial products they are purchasing, and to be aware of different scams and fraudulent schemes currently being used.
Financial Literacy for Middle School Students
It is easier to make financial literacy and well-being a lifelong habit when key concepts are learned at a young age. For fifth to ninth grade students, the Iowa Insurance Division sponsors the Pennies to Paychecks program from the National Theatre for Children. The program teaches students about financial literacy through fun and engaging improvisational comedy sketches and provides activities and workbooks for teachers to expand upon the educational content. To schedule a performance at your school, click here.
Financial Literacy for High School Students
The Iowa Insurance Division sponsors the Iowa Financial Literacy Program through EverFi which allows any Iowa high school to utilize the program at no cost. Since 2010, over 300 Iowa schools have used the Iowa Financial Literacy Program in their classrooms and more than 55,000 high school students have benefited from an online financial literacy platform that is both engaging to students and aligns with the Iowa Core essential financial literacy concepts and skills for high school students.
The Iowa Insurance Division partners with participating schools, EverFi, and, if applicable, the school's local sponsor to recognize student achievement when classes have completed all nine of the learning modules contained in the Iowa Financial Literacy Program and reached certified status. The certification ceremony is an opportunity to present students with a certificate denoting their successful completion of the Iowa Financial Literacy Program and for their parents, educators and community to applaud the students for taking a positive step towards a financially-successful future.
Parents are a key component to students mastering financial literacy skills. Parents wanting to sample the EverFi course may do so using the following login information:
Educators wanting more information about gaining access to the program may contact Lincoln Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding the Future
The Iowa Insurance has also partnered with Funding the Future to bring financial literacy education to Iowa students in a fun, interactive way. Contact us if you are interested in having a presentation made at your school.
Helping Iowans Fight Fraud
The Iowa Insurance Division partners with the Iowa Attorney General, the Iowa Department on Aging, and the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) through the Iowa Fraud Fighters program to provide Iowans with information, tools and resources to help shield their savings from scammers and con artists.
Fully understanding the financial components of investing your savings can be complicated. Contact the Iowa Insurance Division if you need assistance. The Consumer Advocate Bureau's website has further information available.