Two Financial Education Resources That Can Help Pave a Path to College

Jacqueline Collins Prester, a National Board Certified business teacher and instructional technology specialist at Mansfield High School in Massachusetts.
Sep 9, 2020 10:30 AM ET

September is College Savings Month, which gives me a timely opportunity to talk to my students about the importance of good financial habits they can use to help build their dreams. And the time is as critical as ever: 1 out of 6 students don’t currently have the baseline of economic knowledge they need to be successful long-term.

The situation only gets more complex. Add in the fact that since the 1970s, college costs in the U.S. have tripled; plus factor in the costs of online learning (like technology), and the price tag of higher education rises even more. Today, private school costs an average of $30,000+ per year while public college costs $22,000+ per year, according to U.S. News World Report. College is expensive, and with the yet unknown impacts COVID-19, tuitions may continue to rise.

That’s why it’s essential to prepare students of today with a financial education that will help them thrive tomorrow. In my high school classrooms, whether online or in person, I integrate economic knowledge seamlessly into my lessons with no cost digital resources from Pathway to Financial Success in School. A program from Discover and Discovery Education, Pathway to Financial Success in School is designed to empower students to take control of their financial futures.

Start the path to a well-funded collegiate life with comprehensive financial literacy curriculum built for educators, students, and families that explores what good financial decisions look like. These are the two key set of resources I use, and recommend to my middle school teacher friends, to help my students create a pathway of financial success in 15-minutes or less:

Middle School Self-Paced Module Series
While college may seem far away for middle schoolers, it’s never too early to begin learning core concepts in financial literacy. Starting with “Budgeting: What is it and how does it work?”, these resources put the power of financial independence into students’ hands with self-directed learning that addresses important topics like budgeting, college savings, credit, and more. 

High School Self-Paced Module Series
The decisions high schoolers make now can mean freedom to pursue passions in adult years or limited choices due to excess debt or not enough savings. Teachers can integrate resources into their lessons that help students take control of their futures by preparing financially for college.

Divided into a series of 8 units, the high school series takes students through the basics of finances before moving on to complex topics with dynamic and engaging multi-media content. During College Savings Month, I focus on unit 3 “Financing Your Future,” which includes key guidance on how to finance higher education and how to understand financing options like loans, grants, and scholarships.

The best part? All these resources are available at no cost, online, and they are all standards aligned. That means, no matter where learning takes place, the pathway to financial success is only a click away. Let virtual learning be an opportunity to keep your students prepared for the changing world by empowering them to dream big and build a strong foundation for the future with smart money management. Learn more at and through Discovery Education Experience.