Shelby Olsen

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Moore School of Business

Director of Thesis

Colin Jones

First Reader

Lauren Lipinoga


Due to the changing financial marketplace and the increased burden of financial decisions upon consumers there is a need for increased financial literacy among consumers. This thesis discusses and assesses promoting financial literacy within public high school classrooms to help provide students with the financial knowledge to confidently make informed financial decisions during their transition towards independence and into their adult lives. A strong financial literacy initiative within public high schools will help close the financial literacy gap created by little to no concrete financial education or parental background knowledge. This thesis will compile readily available curriculums and materials on financial education to act as an aid in informing local school districts of how financial education can be effectively implemented and integrated into high school classrooms. The implementation of financial literacy education within public high schools must consist of setting standards, training teachers, and creating a curriculum.

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