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Money Smarts


This site helps people learn some of the basics about retirement and pension benefits.

This site has very useful information about social security benefits and retirement.

The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nationwide grass roots organization, launched in May 2001, with more than 4.3 million members working together to make their voices heard in the laws, policies, politics, and institutions that shape American life.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is an independent agency created by the Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system.

The goal of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

This site has many resources for retirement planning.

The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan and noncommercial foundation wholly dedicated to improving the financial well-being of all Americans.

This site provides information for anyone of any age contemplating retirement including boomers, the silent generation and all who have already retired. Retirement is the time to enjoy life, and this site helps people find ways to afford and enjoy this lifestyle.

This site provides visitors with information, advice and other resources to help them make the most of their retirement years. In addition to the retirement articles, news, videos, tools, directory and blog, they also have a discussion forum on retirement related topics.

This site, part of cnn, is filled with information about retirement.

The AARP Retirement Calculator can provide you with a personalized snapshot of what your financial future might look like. This site also includes very useful information about all aspects of retirement.


Morningstar Investment Research Center

Investment Research Center provides real-time access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds. Perfect for all levels of investors with a range of dynamic tools and thoughtful perspectives to help them make more informed investment decisions.

Value Line

Whether you’re a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can position you for financial success quickly and easily. The uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased information, Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence. Make smarter, more profitable decisions with Value Line.

Federal Reserve Education

Offers lesson plans, videos and other tools for people of all ages who want to learn about finances.


An independent non-profit organization authorized by Congress to protect American investors.


The official website for all information necessary/pertinent to social security.


Provided by the U.S. government to help improve the financial literacy and education of people in the U.S.

Money Smart Week

A public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.


Dept. of Labor. This site is designed to foster, promote and develop the welfare of wage earners, job seekers and retirees in the U.S.

360 Financial Literacy

A free program provided by the nation’s CPA’s to help Americans understand their personal finance through all stages of life.

Financial Aid

Consumer Finance

Get help to make informed financial decisions about how to pay for college. This site covers some of the big decisions people face and will help people understand the different options for financing education costs.

A great site for searching through the various scholarships available. Very easy to use, with different resources such as grants, loans, and a specialized blogs.

Fast Web

A leading online resource in finding scholarships. Complete a profile and gain access to a database of more than 1.5 million scholarships. There is no charge to use Fastweb or to access any of the information available on this site.

Student Aid

Federal Student Aid makes it easier to get money for higher education. Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.

Financial Aid Profile

By filling out one form on this site, people can apply online for nonfederal financial aid from almost 300 colleges and scholarship programs.

The goal of this site is to provide people with easy access to scholarships for which they may qualify. Scholarships are available for high school students, undergraduate, graduate and vocational or technical school students. Scholarships are also available for international students. This site also provides an easy search for colleges by major and state.


FAFSA—Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is an office of the U.S. Dept. of Education. To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easier than ever, and it gives people access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.

Cappex Scholarships

Uncover millions of dollars in scholarships from colleges, universities, private companies, foundations — and more — to help pay for school. This site offers a free scholarship directory to help students find money for college.

Michigan Student Aid

The Student Financial Services Bureau (SFSB) strives to help students from birth to beyond college graduation. They can help with funding, tools, and resources on how to afford college in Michigan.

Contains a wide variety of different scholarships, covering many various categories.

This site is one of the most widely-used and trusted free college scholarship search and financial aid information resources on the Internet and they have been recognized by high schools, colleges and universities nationwide.

Unigo Undergraduate Scholarships

Unigo is the premier network for current and future college students. Unigo provides cutting-edge tools, compelling content, and essential information, empowering students to make the best decisions about their college experience. Scholarships on this area of the site are specifically for undergraduate college students. – Scholarships

Helping students and their families save, plan, and pay for college for more than 40 years. Scholarships are not limited to new students or first year of attendance. New scholarships for new or current college students pop up all the time. Be vigilant about looking for them.

Dearborn Library Foundation

The Dearborn Library Foundation was founded in 2005 to develop and encourage the long-term financial health and growth of the Dearborn Public Library through giving, endowment and capital contributions. Each year, the Foundation holds a contest for a $1,000 scholarship. High School Seniors from any Dearborn public, private or charter High School are eligible.


Practical Money Skills

To help consumers and students of all ages learn the essentials of personal finance, Visa has partnered with leading consumer advocates, educators, and financial institutions to develop the Practical Money Skills program.

Rich Kid Smart Kid

Rich Kid Smart Kid (RKSK) is the youth initiative of The Rich Dad Company – seeking to increase the financial literacy of the next generation of future entrepreneurs. By utilizing games as a means to teach challenging subjects like finance, business and investing, we are training a fresh, new group of business owners and creative thinkers who will become their community’s leaders.

Brought to you by, is the official kids’ portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.

The Mint – Biz Kids

Launched in 1997, the site provides tools to help parents as well as educators teach children to manage money wisely and develop good financial habits: the building blocks for a secure future. Given the current rate of savings and debt in America, this is a lesson that desperately needs to be learned.

Money As You Grow

Written in down-to-earth language for children and their families, Money as You Grow helped equip kids with the knowledge they need to live fiscally fit lives. The lessons in Money as You Grow were based on more than a year of research, and drawn from dozens of standards, curricula, and academic studies.

SMC Kids

Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club is an animated series that features Warren Buffett as a mentor to a group of entrepreneurial kids whose adventures lead them to encounter financial and business problems to solve. The program teaches the basics of good financial decision making and some of the basic lessons of starting a business.

Three Jars

Kids get money in lots of ways: odd jobs around the house,  allowance, grand parents, baby-sitting, birthdays…   But are they learning anything?  ThreeJars is built on the idea that kids can learn  to manage money in an easy, useful, even fun way.

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