"Before my son took the Budget Challenge we tried to discuss money, but it always felt like a one way conversation. Just two weeks into the simulation he started coming to us with questions—really good questions—and that made all the difference! Thank you for this wonderful experience!"
In exit surveys, 87% of students in high school say that ALL students should take Budget Challenge before they graduate. Students value learning practical skills in:
Only in Budget Challenge can students practice the behaviors that build high credit scores.
We surveyed 51,647 students who completed Budget Challenge and asked: “Do you believe that this simulation experience has prevented future costly mistakes you would have made in the real world?” 84% answered "YES"
These same students were also asked: “If a typical mistake in the real world costs between $30 and $40, how much in future fees would you estimate you saved by taking Budget Challenge?”
Only in Budget Challenge do students manage credit card charges and payments in real-time over 10 weeks. There is even a trophy students can earn for paying off their credit card.
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