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Last Updated: March 26, 2021
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The newly updated Money Smart for Adults instructor-led curriculum provides participants with practical knowledge, skills-building opportunities, and resources they can use to manage their finances with confidence. Instructors can use it to deliver unbiased, relevant, and accurate financial education whether they are new to training or experienced trainers.

The curriculum consists of 14 modules that cover basic financial topics. Each module guides you on what to say and do. The materials are available for immediate download below, and on DVD at Money Smart – Teach – For Adults (catalog.fdic.gov).

If you are still using the 2010 version of Money Smart for Adults and need assistance, please contact us at communityaffairs@fdic.gov.

What's inside Money Smart for Adults

You will find that Money Smart for Adults has:

  • Information that’s updated, relevant, and informed by research. For example, the curriculum features information and scenarios relevant to people with disabilities.
  • Segments that offer you options to make training relevant. The curriculum is divided into 14 modules, each on an important financial topic, that are subdivided into sections. Instructors can present the modules in any order or combination depending upon an audience’s interests and knowledge.
  • An emphasis on real-life skills and choices. Money Smart for Adults provides participants with practical knowledge and resources they can use to manage their finances.
  • Realistic scenarios. Short scenarios featuring consumers in a variety of financial situations provide opportunities to practice using financial knowledge and skills with confidence.
  • An expanded array of practical tools and resources. “Try It” activities give participants opportunities to practice what they learned in a variety of contexts. “Apply It” activities help participants apply what they have learned to their own lives, either during or after the training.
  • Key takeaways. A key takeaway sums up the most important message from each section.
  • A structure that makes it easy to select relevant materials. The curriculum has 14 modules, each on an important financial topic. The modules are subdivided into sections. Instructors can present the modules, and sections within modules, in any order or combination depending upon an audience’s interests and knowledge. The Guide to Presenting Money Smart for Adults includes roadmaps to help select relevant topics.
MS Curriculum

Tools to help you plan your training. Start by reviewing the Guide to Presenting Money Smart for Adults (catalog.fdic.gov). It includes practical tips for planning, marketing, and delivering training. It also includes information to make training accessible and welcoming for everyone, including people with disabilities.

Each of the 14 Money Smart for Adults modules includes:

  • Instructor Guides that include what you need to prepare and deliver Money Smart training, including easy to follow cues, script, and interactive exercises.
  • PowerPoint Slides that can help you present training content in an engaging manner.
  • Participant Guides with tools and information that participants can use during your training and afterwards.

The curriculum also includes an Instructor Supplement: Scenarios for Financial Inclusion Supplement for Instructors/ Trainers (catalog.fdic.gov), which provides four scenarios featuring individuals with disabilities thinking about financial decisions. Watch our video, Scenarios for Financial Inclusion Video, about the Supplement to learn more!

The 14 Money Smart for Adults Training Modules

The English versions of the files are listed below. Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Braille and Large Print versions are available in the FDIC Catalog (catalog.fdic.gov).

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Module

Estimated Time

Focus

Docs/ Videos

Module 1: Your Money Values and Influences 2 hours Internal values and goals, external influences, and their relationships to financial decisions. Instructor Guide
Participant Guide
PowerPoint Slides
Train-the-Trainer Video
Module 2: You Can Bank On It 3 hours 25 minutes Financial products, services, and providers. Instructor Guide
Participant Guide
PowerPoint Slides
Train-the-Trainer Video
Module 3: Your Income and Expenses 1 hour 45 minutes How to track income and expenses. Instructor Guide
Participant Guide
PowerPoint Slides
Train-the-Trainer Video
Module 4: Your Spending and Saving Plan 1 hour 25 minutes How to develop a spending and saving plan, and how to prioritize spending when money is short. Instructor Guide
Participant Guide
PowerPoint Slides
Train-the-Trainer Video
Module 5: Your Savings 2 hours 45 minutes Saving money for expenses, goals, and emergencies. Instructor Guide
Participant Guide
PowerPoint Slides
Train-the-Trainer Video
Module 6: Credit Reports and Scores 3 hours 40 minutes Credit reports and scores, building productive credit histories, and repairing and improving credit. Instructor Guide
Participant Guide
PowerPoint Slides
Short Video for Instructors
Train-the-Trainer Video
Module 7: Borrowing Basics 2 hours Options for borrowing money and the costs. Instructor Guide
Participant Guide
PowerPoint Slides
Train-the-Trainer Video
Module 8: Managing Debt 3 hours 50 minutes Different kinds of debt and ways to manage it. Instructor Guide
Participant Guide
PowerPoint Slides
Train-the-Trainer Video
Module 9: Using Credit Cards 1 hour 50 minutes How credit cards work and how to manage them. Instructor Guide
Participant Guide
PowerPoint Slides
Train-the-Trainer Video
Module 10: Building Your Financial Future 2 hours 35 minutes Ways to build assets, including buying a car and getting training and education. Instructor Guide
Participant Guide
PowerPoint Slides
Train-the-Trainer Video
Module 11: Protecting Your Identity and Other Assets 2 hours 10 minutes Ways to recognize, respond to, and reduce the risks of identity theft, along with strategies for protecting other assets. Instructor Guide
Participant Guide
PowerPoint Slides
Train-the-Trainer Video
Module 12: Making Housing Decisions 2 hours 5 minutes Different types of safe and affordable housing, including specific information on renting. Instructor Guide
Participant Guide
PowerPoint Slides
Train-the-Trainer Video
Module 13: Buying a Home 2 hours 45 minutes The home buying process, including mortgages. Instructor Guide
Participant Guide
PowerPoint Slides
Train-the-Trainer Video
Module 14: Disasters: Financial Preparation and Recovery 1 hour 40 minutes How to financially prepare for, and recover from, disasters. Instructor Guide
Participant Guide
PowerPoint Slides
Train-the-Trainer Video

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