This page compiles content from our website related to credit and debt. It is organized into sections by where it appears on the site. Click on a heading below to jump to that section.

MFEC Conference Presentations

Web Resources

Partner Projects


MFEC Conference Presentations

Free to Choo$e

Presented by Claudine Maroon and Galen Amy, Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana

Describes the financial education course developed by CAP. Upon completion, participants are provided with a financial mentor and a line of credit from a partnering credit union. The course is designed to ensure that participants put into practice the financial skills learned in the course.

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Web Resources

America Saves

America Saves is a nationwide campaign that utilizes information, advice and encouragement to assist those who wish to pay down debt, build an emergency fund, save for a home, save for an education, or save for retirement.

Center for Student Credit Card Education

A website with information about student debt and resources for teachers.

Hands on Banking

Ready to learn about money and have fun? Resources for 4th graders through adult, English and Spanish!

Money Smart

Money Smart is a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) training program to help adults outside the financial mainstream enhance their money skills and create positive banking relationships. A version of the program for 12 to 20 year-olds is also available.

MyMoney aggregates financial information from 21 federal agencies, departments and bureaus. Users will be able to find information on planning for the financial impact of major life events and money management tools. The site includes resources for teachers, service members, women, parents, youth, employers, and more. The site is available in Spanish.

Pay Day Loan Info

Consumer Federation of America’s information resource on payday lending for consumers and advocates. Information, calculators, Research and Reports.

Practical Money Skills

A web site designed to help educators, parents and students practice better money management for life.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy provides information relevant for each stage of life.

66 Ways to Save

Tips to save money on insurance, utilities, banking/credit, transportation, housing and other areas.


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Partner Projects

The following are partner projects we learned about through our partner projects page.

Community Action Partnership

CAP is in the early stages of developing a comprehensive education program for youth, including high-schoolers, to help guide them down the path to financial literacy. It is important that, by the time youth leave high school, they have adequate financial knowledge and are credit savvy. Click here for the full story.

Montana State Auditor’s Office

Laura McGee is the Financial Education Consultant for the State Auditor’s Office and an enrolled Blackfeet member. In her works, she facilitates financial education for Native students by connecting schools with programs which fit their needs, as well as leading classes and presentations. She assists schools on a case-by-case basis, providing them with the resources and instruction they request to address their particular needs. Click here for the full story.

Rural Dynamics, Inc. – Credit Counseling and Financial Education

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Montana (CCCS), an arm of RDI, requires a financial education course as part of its debt management plan (DMP). DMP is a voluntary repayment program designed to help individuals regain control of their financial situation. CCCS negotiates lower interest rates with creditors and facilitates payment of debt so that individuals can escape from debt. Click here for the full story.

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