By Kevin Smith, Director of Product Development

PersonalFinanceLab aims to provide teachers the real-world financial literacy skills their students desperately need.

This experiential learning platform is based on the premise that students learn by doing. With our budgeting, banking, and credit simulation, students manage their checking, savings, and credit card accounts as they play 12 virtual months of trying to live on a monthly budget and deal with all of life’s expected and unexpected events. With our stock market game, students build a portfolio of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in real-time and watch their portfolio swing with the real market.

They have so much fun using the real-life simulations they don’t realize they’re gaining financial literacy skills that they will use today, tomorrow, and for the rest of their lives.

PersonalFinanceLab is a fully customizable platform that combines four resources in one:

  • Personal Budgeting, Banking and Money Management Game that includes budgeting, banking, and credit scores
  • Stock Market Game that includes stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
  • Learning Resources aligned to State and National Standards
  • Built-in Assessments, Certifications, and Reports to make teaching easier and learning more engaging

Students will learn many financial literacy concepts like balancing their wants vs. their needs, the consequences of their financial decisions, how to build an emergency savings fund, how to make a good credit score, how to use a debit and credit card responsibly, and how to balance risk and grow their wealth on the financial markets.

We also have embedded lessons that address personal finance, investing, economics, and career prep topics, with automatically-graded assessments. All these resources are fast and easy to set up, with course outlines, tutorial videos, and research tools, so everything is available in one place!
PersonalFinanceLab can be a dedicated resource in the classroom, an independent after-school program, or an extracurricular activity. Click here to discover our platform!

Find us in the Jump$tart Clearinghouse!

Doing our part to help those that need it most, we’ve also launched a program to support 100 Title 1 schools across the country. If you are interested in supporting this program, please send us an email and let us know! With even more corporate support, we can reach even more schools.

Anyone who wants to try PersonalFinanceLab for free is invited to join our Spring Financial Literacy Challenge. We’ll give prizes and trophies to the top-performing students and schools and unique thank-you gifts to teachers with the most engaged students. To register, please click here.

PersonalFinanceLab provides a realistic and educational experience with recent enhancements including Clever integration, LMS single sign-on, assignment statistics reporting, and more!

Kevin Smith

We are excited to announce the dates for our 2023 Financial Literacy Month events. The Jump$tart team is preparing for another exciting Partner meeting, State Coalition meeting, Awards Luncheon and the gift of fellowship with one another. Partners and Coalition leaders, please save the date for “Designing A Financial Future” this April 24-25 at the Park Hyatt in Washington DC.