Looking for a comprehensive personal finance curriculum? Look no further. Complete lesson plans, assessments, activities and more make this blended-learning curriculum a win for your classroom.


Curriculum Highlights

Foundations in Personal Finance is a turn-key curriculum and easy for any instructor to use. Some of the highlights include:

  • All lessons are taught by Dave Ramsey on DVD video or streaming
  • Each of the 12 chapters can be used individually or together as a comprehensive curriculum, serving as a primary or supplemental resource
  • Instructional content, lessons plans, assessments and answer keys
  • Experts from various fields present key information to students
  • Our new blended learning platform FoundationsU.com is included at no charge and is full of custom tools, calculators, activities.
  • Relevant, challenging, and entertaining for students
  • Collaborative learning through group discussion and activities supports student behavior modification
  • Video content is split into 10–20 minute segments, allowing for flexibility and easy arrangement
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What Are The Lesson Topics?

  • Savings: Save for emergencies, large purchases and wealth building
  • Budgets: Create and live on a zero–based budget
  • Debt: Avoid the trap of borrowing money
  • College Student Essentials: Learn what every college student needs to know about money
  • Family, Friends and Philanthropy: Assess the impact of money on relationships
  • Consumer Awareness: Buy wisely by understanding powerful marketing strategies
  • Bargains: Find and negotiate deep discounts
  • Credit Bureaus: Evaluate the role of credit in our culture
  • Insurance: Protect yourself with seven types of insurance
  • Investments: Build wealth and change your family tree
  • Retirement Plans: Retire as a millionaire through long-term tax-favored plans
  • Real Estate: Buy, sell, and rent real estate property

What is Included?

  • Six disc DVD library (16+ hours of video material)
  • Instructor resources on CD–Rom
  • Twelve chapter hardcover working textbook (one required per student)
  • Foundations U online tools and resources
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Drop-Out Rate

University administrators say they lose more students to credit card debt than to academic failure.

"The Case for Economic Education," Junior Achievement, August 2004

Financial Education

84% of undergraduates indicate they need more financial management education.

"How Undergraduates use Credit Cards," Sallie Mae, 2009

Student Credit Card Debt

Up to one in three college students graduate with over $10,000 in credit card debt, in addition to student loans.

"Be Debt Smart" Survey, Sallie Mae, 2007

Student Loan Debt

The average student loan debt has now surpassed $20,000 for an undergraduate degree—a figure that excludes popular “private” loans that may have much higher interest rates.

U.S. Department of Education National Center for Educational Statistics, 2007