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Personal finance now taught in half of U.S. high schools.

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  • Half of U.S. states now offer standalone personal finance courses for high school students.
  • Pennsylvania passed a bill to require a personal finance course starting in the 2026-2027 school year.

Half of U.S. states now offer standalone personal finance courses for high school students. Pennsylvania recently passed legislation to require a personal finance course starting in the 2026-2027 school year. The bill, sponsored by Senator Chris Gebhard, aims to provide high school students with essential financial knowledge to better prepare them for adulthood and the workforce. Topics covered in the course will include budgeting, saving, credit management, investing, and understanding loans and interest rates.

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Half of U.S. states now offer standalone personal finance courses for high school students. Pennsylvania recently passed legislation to require a personal finance course starting in the 2026-2027 school year. The bill, sponsored by Senator Chris Gebhard, aims to provide high school students with essential financial knowledge to better prepare them for adulthood and the workforce. Topics covered in the course will include budgeting, saving, credit management, investing, and understanding loans and interest rates.

The bill received bipartisan support as well as backing from parents, business groups, nonprofit organizations, and educators across Pennsylvania. Senator Chris Gebhard emphasized the importance of equipping students with basic financial concepts before they enter the workforce. The aim is to provide them with a strong foundation as they begin their adult lives.

With personal finance becoming an increasingly important aspect of daily life, the move to offer these courses reflects a recognition of the need to prepare students for financial decision-making. By including topics such as budgeting, saving, and understanding loans and interest rates, students will be better equipped to manage their finances effectively in the future.


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