Financial Education News & Events



::Jump$tart Your Money Week::

Save the date for Jump$tart Your Money (JYM) Week, April 19-25. This statewide educational initiative is coordinated by the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition to raise awareness of the importance of personal financial literacy.

In its 11th year, JYM Week provides an opportunity for organizations of all types to plan and cooperatively market a wide range of financial education events. Past events include company sponsored lunch-n-learns about preparing for retirement, reading money-related books to elementary school students, and community workshops addressing a wide variety of topics, including couponing strategies for cutting grocery costs, managing credit and saving for retirement. Even if your organization doesn't traditionally provide money-related services, you can still participate. Consider partnering with a Jump$tart member organization to meet a need in your community.

To promote JYM Week and celebrate April as Financial Literacy Month, the Coalition will conduct two special events:

  • Social media video contest. Videos can be submitted throughout the first part of April with voting taking place during JYM Week; winners will be chosen by popular vote.
  • OKC Dollar Dash. $500 will be hidden somewhere in downtown Oklahoma City and the first 50 participants to sign up will take part in a fun-filled scavenger hunt to find it.

To learn more about these events, Jump$tart member organizations and the work of the Coalition, visit OklahomaJumpstart.org.



::Campus Professionals: OKMM Offers Freshman Orientation Services::

Looking to spice up your freshman orientation event with a topic that's important to everyone? Why not incorporate financial education?

Oklahoma Money Matters can help you improve your students' financial literacy by providing free personal finance workshops for your incoming freshmen and transfer students. Our customizable, relevant information can help them make wiser financial choices during their college years and beyond. Topics include:

  • Budgeting methods
  • Practical ways to save
  • Managing credit and borrowing student loans wisely
  • Avoiding identity theft

We also offer instructional resources that can enhance the workshop experience. Visit OklahomaMoneyMatters.org to explore a selection of interactive money management tools, self-paced learning modules, e-newsletters and podcasts.

To discuss adding financial education to your freshman orientation program, contact us at 800.970.OKMM (toll free) or OklahomaMoneyMatters@ocap.org.


::Questions About the FAFSA? StartWithFAFSA.org!::
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To help students and parents understand the FAFSA process, UCanGo2 offers StartWithFAFSA.org. While exploring this interactive site, students and parents can sort information about specific FAFSA topics, ask questions, watch FAFSA video tutorials in English or Spanish and download publications. New topics and answers to important questions will be uploaded weekly. Check out StartWithFAFSA.org today.


::Spanish Publications Now Available To Service Providers::


Two of our popular money management guides are now available in Spanish.

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If you provide financial education services to Spanish-speaking populations, we encourage you to explore Your Money Matters: An Adult’s Guide to Personal Finances, designed for workplace education and Your Money Matters: Your Money, Your Way, created to help adults with fewer financial resources handle their money, even if they’ve already reached a financial crisis point.

Print copies may be available upon request, depending on inventory level. If you’re hosting an educational workshop or event, contact Melissa Neal, OKMM Outreach Coordinator, at 405.234.4253 or mneal@ocap.org to discuss your specific needs. To download any of our Your Money Matters guides, visit OKMM’s resources page.


::OKMM Infographic, 2013 At-A-Glance::


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How many workshops did OKMM hold in 2013? Did OKMM distribute more high school or college YMM guides last year? Find out by downloading our OKMM by the Numbers infographic.


::Student Loan Terminology Flyer::

Understanding basic student loan terminology is invaluable to borrowers. With that in mind, Ready Set Repay has created an electronic flyer defining 20 basic student loan terms used by the U.S. Department of Education. Download this flyer (PDF) to help you or any students you serve better understand these industry terms.


::Personal Finance Skill Assessment::

We've recently developed a personal finance quiz, Your Money Matters: How Financially Savvy Are You? to help financial educators gauge their students' current understanding of money management concepts.

The quiz consists of 20 questions covering a range of topics, including:

  • Creating a realistic budget
  • Using credit responsibly
  • Monitoring credit reports
  • Successfully managing student loans

If you provide financial education to college students, OKMM invites you to take advantage of this user-friendly assessment quiz and corresponding answer key. To request your copy, email OklahomaMoneyMatters@ocap.org or call 800.970.OKMM (toll free).


::How Do I 'Disaster-proof' My Finances?::

We know how to protect ourselves physically from disasters, and it's important to protect yourself financially, too. Learn how to protect your documents and possessions, making it easier for you to get back on your feet if disaster strikes.


::Borrow Smart From the Start Brochure::

We've joined forces with Ready Set Repay to create a new publication for student loan borrowers. Borrow Smart from the Start is a step-by-step guide through the student loan process that emphasizes the importance of completing the FAFSA, making smart borrowing choices, monitoring debt load, keeping track of student loans with NSLDS, considering various repayment options and more!

Download a PDF version or for printed copies, contact Brandi Casteel at bcasteel@ocap.org (quantities limited).