Why is Budget Challenge the best?

Our comprehensive award-winning program is unique in that students learn money management by actually managing the finances of an independent working young adult for ten weeks in real-time. Advanced teacher tools, self-scoring authentic assessments, high student engagement, and opportunities to engage parents, together, create financially capable young adults. On-demand training and live support for teachers AND students ensure successful and problem-free implementation.

Our curriculum currently meets and exceeds all National Jump$tart standards. Download our standards alignment document to learn more.

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Explore the Program

Take the Action Tour

See AND do the key features ONLY found in Budget Challenge in this series of short videos.  Educators can sign up for a free teacher account and experience the program for themselves and see how Budget Challenge creates Learning That Lasts ®

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Why is Budget Challenge so effective?

Budget Challenge teaches financial capability, not just knowledge. During our patented 10-week simulation, students are able to practice money management skills and receive real-time feedback that impacts their behaviors and attitudes. They also apply concepts from Personal Finance, our included 17 chapter companion e-textbook, creating learning that lasts.

Budget Challenge overcomes traditional classroom limitations by utilizing hands-on learning, which is the backbone of CTE (career and technical education). This means that Budget Challenge focuses on learning-by-doing and teaches students how to be financially capable young adults. Read more about how Applied Financial Literacy Education takes learning about ALL aspects of financial literacy (Knowledge, Skills, Behaviors & Attitudes) to the next level.

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Teachers share their stories

  • Teacher Spotlight — Robin Salai
    Posted last month
    Robin Salai, a Business teacher at Fairmont Senior High School in WV, who has been using Budget Challenge for several years, shares her vast experience with us. She started teaching the class with 22 students and since then her class size has almost tripled. Salai was even featured in ...
  • Teacher Spotlight — Jacob Granstaff
    Posted 3 months ago
    Jacob Granstaff is an AP Macroeconomics/Government teacher at Boerne High School in Texas. He shared his most memorable Budget Challenge experience, which occurred at a recent graduation.
  • Teacher Spotlight — Bill Nelson
    Posted 6 months ago
    Bill Nelson, a CTE Career Readiness Teacher and Consultant at the Van Buren Tech School located in Lawrence, MI shared with us the value Budget Challenge adds to his students' lives.
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We offer individual, volume, and multi-year licensing for Budget Challenge. PLUS Investing can be added to Budget Challenge licenses.  


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