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8 Fun and Free eLearning Courses That Teach Financial Literacy to Young Adults

By
Samantha Rose
Samantha Rose covers financial literacy for the educational arm of OppLoans. Her work focuses on providing hands-on resources for high school and college-age students in addition to their parents and educators.
Updated on March 18, 2021
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Schools across the country have closed their doors in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Students have been sent home and classrooms are empty.

But learning doesn’t have to stop.

eLearning programs provide educational materials that students can access from home. And courses from a range of sources teach all subjects offered at school — including personal finance.

Here are eight online programs that are free and have financial literacy lessons tailored toward young adults.

No. 1: Financial Planning for Young Adults, Coursera

Ages: All

Resources:

  • Readings
  • Quizzes
  • Videos

Description:

The Financial Planning for Young Adults course was created by the University of Illinois in partnership with the CFP Board. It is hosted on Coursera, a free online learning platform that offers courses in a variety of subjects, including personal finance. Access to audit the course is free — simply create an account.

The course provides an introduction to financial-planning concepts. Tailored to young adults, the topics include financial goal setting, budgeting, saving and investing, borrowing and credit, and risk management. It is organized into eight modules that span a four-week timeline. Each module introduces a financial concept through videos and quizzes — encouraging discussion and real-world applications beyond the lesson.

If students are interested in becoming a financial planner, they’re in luck. The final module is devoted to exploring financial planning as a career. The module includes video interviews with CFP® professionals.

No. 2: Hands on Banking

Ages: All

Resources:

  • Articles
  • Calculators
  • Quizzes
  • Videos

Description:

Wells Fargo created the Hands on Banking® eLearning center to provide free financial resources. These resources are available to anyone interested in learning how to manage their finances.

Read the informative articles spanning topics like banking basics and money tips for students. Or take the self-directed courses to learn about financial management at each stage of life.

The course hub includes financial materials for adults, young adults, and students customized by grade level — elementary, middle, and high school.

No. 3: OppU

Ages: All

Resources:

  • Articles
  • Quizzes
  • Videos
  • Worksheets

Description:

OppU — that’s us — is the financial education platform of OppLoans. We deliver a free, standards-aligned online curriculum that covers the core topics of personal finance. The online lessons are structured as four modules: spending, budgeting and saving, credit, and debt and loans. Lessons consist of interactive videos and quizzes.

All materials are free to use. Just create an account to track your progress in the courses.

Interested in further learning opportunities? OppU publishes financial articles providing tips, resource lists, and other materials, like worksheets and ebooks.

No. 4: Personal and Family Financial Planning, Coursera

Ages: College and above

Resources:

  • Readings
  • Quizzes
  • Videos

Description:

Are you a student interested in building an individualized personal finance plan?

Coursera offers another great personal finance course: Personal and Family Financial Planning. The course was created by the University of Florida and Michael S. Gutter, Ph.D., a professor of family, youth, and community science.

In addition to covering the basics, the course expands on the topics of investing and risk management, among others. It was designed to encourage participants to critically evaluate and change their money habits.

Although this course is advertised as open to all ages and experience levels, college-age students may receive the most value. To audit the videos, create a free Coursera account.

No. 5: Personal Finance 101: Everything You Need to Know, Udemy

Ages: All

Resources:

  • Quizzes
  • Videos

Description:

Haven’t heard of Udemy before? It’s an eLearning platform used by professionals and students. The Udemy course, Personal Finance 101, contains everything you need to know about personal finance. Seriously.

The course includes 53 lectures for a total of three hours worth of video content. It’s designed with beginners in mind, teaching practical skills from taxes to credit cards. Don’t worry, hard math skills aren’t required.

All you need to do is create a free Udemy account to access this course.

No. 6: Personal Finance Planning, edX

Ages: All

Resources:

  • Discussions
  • Quizzes
  • Videos

Description:

If you haven’t created a free edX account yet, what are you waiting for? The edX platform contains thousands of eLearning videos.

The Personal Finance Planning course is sponsored by Sugato Chakravarty, a professor of consumer economics and management at Purdue University. It contains four independent modules: credit, investments, insurance, and retirement.

This personal finance course explores real-world examples and practical solutions to financial problems. Even if the solutions aren’t applicable to your daily life — as they vary in relevance based on your age and priorities — you’re guaranteed to learn at least one new thing.

No. 7: Saving and Budgeting, Khan Academy

Ages: All

Resources:

  • Articles
  • Exercises
  • Videos

Description:

Khan Academy offers online personalized learning materials to empower students outside of the classroom. Their eLearning courses are full of practical exercises, real-world applications, and instructional videos.

Check out Khan Academy’s Saving and Budgeting unit for a brief overview of how to manage your finances. Learners will start by identifying their overarching financial goals. Answer a few questions to determine your priorities. Then, create a budget backed by basic strategies for financial management.

The best part is that eLearning at Khan Academy is free. That means endless browsing in the platform’s library of trusted articles, videos, and exercises.

No. 8: Smart About Money, NEFE

Ages: College and above

Resources:

  • Articles
  • Calculators
  • Quizzes
  • SAM courses
  • Worksheets

Description:

The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is a nonprofit dedicated to financial empowerment. The NEFE’s Smart About Money (SAM) program is an expert-backed financial education resource free to all consumers.

SAM offers personal finance courses, complete with quizzes, calculators, worksheets, and additional reading materials. This makes it a great digital resource for young adults interested in pursuing financial health and wellness. Be sure to check out the education and career-related articles, which provide tips on back-to-school budgets and saving for college.

Bottom line

With schools closed across the nation, educators and parents are turning to eLearning to help young adults continue their education. Check out these resources for free and fun personal finance lessons that students can complete at home.


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