Announcing the Retirement of NEFE's Educational Programs
Financial education has come a long way since NEFE launched its first resource in 1984. With so much change in the financial and technological landscape over the past four decades, we understand the importance of adapting to the evolving needs of our field.
With the development of our 2019-2024 strategic plan, we’ve critically considered where our efforts are most needed. To that end, our intention over the next year is to transform NEFE into an institute that advances high-impact scholarly research and facilitates collaboration with practitioners, advocates and policymakers.
To successfully devote more of our resources to this kind of leadership, we have made the decision to retire the High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year.
Our Changing Strategy
Our goal always will be to advance the frontier of financial education now and for future generations. We are one of many organizations working on solutions to this challenge and understand our responsibility to evolve as needs transform. Retiring the HSFPP allows us to pursue other critical initiatives that help advance the field towards new levels of excellence and to consider where we can have the greatest impact in financial education by elevating research, access, quality and efficacy.
We are committed to leading and encouraging collective impact to improve financial well-being. As an institute, NEFE will fully embrace our role as a guiding voice for research and practical thought leadership.
Celebrating Our History and Impact
When we launched the HSFPP in 1984, it was one of the first high-quality, free financial education curricula. The HSFPP has demonstrated tremendous advantages during its tenure. An independent evaluation of the program over the 2016-2017 school year found that students receiving financial education predominately on the HSFPP outpace those learning from other curricula and resources in positive behavior formation and confidence. The HSFPP has allowed visionary teachers to serve more than 12 million students during its existence. NEFE will build on this impact as we expand our work in research-to-practice.
Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year
Over the coming months, NEFE will work with our network of educators and practitioners to ensure a smooth conclusion to the academic year. The HSFPP will operate through July 31, 2021.
We are sensitive to the disruptions this change may cause, especially considering the long-term nature of many of our partnerships. Our goal is to support the instructors, counselors, learners and consumers who use NEFE resources, and give ample time to find alternate resources.
We are committed to keeping everything on the HSFPP website available through the 2020-2021 academic year, until July 31, 2021. After July 31, 2021, the HSFPP website will be taken down and no longer will be available. You can download everything from the HSFPP website between now and then and save it electronically.
Download Full HSFPP Curriculum
Once you log in with your instructor account, check the box next to “Complete HSFPP Program – instructor and learning material for all lessons” and click the blue “Download Selected” button. The website will let you download a zip file with the complete HSFPP program.
The student guides (printed booklets) are available while supplies last. We have sufficient supply of printed booklets to cover a typical spring semester. We will be reviewing all orders and discouraging bulk orders for future school years. We strongly encourage you to use this time to investigate and select an alternative program to implement in fall 2021.
We’re encouraged to see that financial education is well supported by many nonprofits, states and schools. We admire and respect the organizations providing quality financial education resources, and we’re confident that educators are in good hands. There are several places to look for new curricula.
We also suggest you look in your local area or search your state resources, particularly if your state has personal finance mandates in place:
- Your state’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education website.
- Your State Treasurer or other state-level department responsible for K-12 financial education efforts.
- Local financial institutions, including the one you use for your own personal banking.
- Your local Jump$tart Coalition state chapter.
Driving Our Mission
Although we are refocusing our work, the core of NEFE’s foundation is not changing. Our drive to support teachers, educators and researchers is still our priority. We are proud of the impact our programs have had for more than 35 years and we celebrate their legacy. Together we will find new and innovative ways to create a nation where everyone has the knowledge, confidence and opportunity to live their best financial life.