Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg is visiting central Nebraska to discuss the NEST college savings plan and a new financial literacy education program aimed at educating students on important financial topics.
The Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars program was unveiled at Gibbon High School Wednesday. Students will be able to access the interactive web-based program at their schools or at home; while parents will have access to an online tutorial on financing their child's education. Both components can be found at the Nebraska State Treasurer's Office website.
The course is offered through an agreement with EverFi, Inc., an educational technology company based in Washington D.C. It includes 10 modules and six hours of programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of financial topics including credit cards, credit scores, insurance, mortgages, savings, stocks student loans, taxes, 401k plans, and other critical concepts that meet national educational financial literacy standards.
"This program will benefit students, parents, and the state of Nebraska as we provide our young people with the financial literacy information they need to live out their dreams as financially responsible adults and as we provide families the information and tools they need to build the financial foundation where these dreams can take hold," Treasurer Stenberg shared.
The platform tracks the progress and score of each student and provides students who complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, something that can be included on college applications and resumes.
The EverFi program is available to Nebraska high schools free of charge and will be facilitated by teachers to complement other material being taught in classrooms.
The initiative is being sponsored by the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, Nebraska's college savings program.