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Financial Literacy: Resource Center


The central mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.

AnnualCreditReport.com

This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Hint: If you rotate, requesting one of the three companies credit reports every four months, you can check your credit report four times a year for free.

 Consumer Protection 

This everyday guide to being a smart shopper is hot off the press and chocked full of helpful tips about buying a car or home, preventing identity theft, understanding credit, filing a consumer complaint, and much more. In the 2008 edition, you'll find updated information about filing for bankruptcy, finding a lawyer, and planning a funeral, along with many other useful topics.

StudentAid.Gov (Formerly College.gov)

College.gov was designed by student for students and features first-person accounts of students who overcame challenges to going to college such as peer pressure, lack of family support, and financial barriers. It provides relevant, comprehensive information about why to go, how to go, and how to pay for college or other postsecondary education programs. Young people who may not have considered higher education a viable option will be engaged, informed, and inspried to create their own "roadmap" to college.

Do Not Call List - National Registry

The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.

Do No Call List - Texas Registry

The statewide “Do Not Call List,” will apply to any telephone marketer, including Retail Electric Providers, calling a Texas residential or wireless phone number. Your registered telephone number(s) will remain on this list for three years. If you register via the Automated Registration, at 1-866-896-6225, or mail in your application, there is a registration charge of $2.25 for each phone number to be included in this list. You may register online at no charge.

Wireless phone numbers may now be registered on the statewide “Do Not Call List.”

Credit Card Insider

Credit Card Insider, a financial advocacy organization that seeks to educate consumers on the things they need to know when seeking various credit and lending products. With students bombarded with offer and incentive applications throughout their years in higher education, it has becoming increasingly difficult to ensure they’re being given the right information and guidance.

Financial Literacy On-line:  National Student Loan Corporation

National Student Loan Program (NSLP) developed Financial Literacy Online as a free, online learning center designed to educate students about the basics of personal money management. The courses are for students who are planning for college, enrolled in college, planning to graduate from college or recent graduates. However, anyone who wants to learn about money management—including parents—may take the courses.

Social Security Administration: Understanding Your Benefits

Our website is a valuable resource for information about all of Social Security’s programs. There are a number of things you can do online.

 Adventures In Education

Adventures In Education (AIE) is a nonprofit, public service program developed by TG that helps students plan and complete their journey through higher education. By providing a Web site and other free resources to students, parents, counselors, and educators, AIE encourages individuals to discover and pursue educational opportunities. AIE promotes a better tomorrow by preparing students and families for the adventure today.