“Invest in What’s Next: Life After High School” is an online mini-course developed by the Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond and San Francisco to help students navigate their first major financial decision: what path to pursue after high school. The course encourages students to explore multiple post-secondary education paths and job options and to think about how investing in their knowledge and skills may contribute to their future well-being.

Course Objectives

The course’s primary objective is to provide reliable economics-based information and tools to help high school students make informed decisions about post-secondary education. The course helps students begin planning their post-high school strategy by exploring and evaluating the costs and benefits of various education paths, while taking into account their job interests and desired lifestyle. Along the way, students develop personal finance and numeracy skills to help implement their strategy in the real world.

Course Structure

The course consists of three lessons, each requiring approximately 45 to 60 minutes of sit-down time, plus optional homework assignments. A dashboard directs and charts student progress in the course, allowing teachers and facilitators to tailor their own level of involvement.

Course Content and Treatments

The lessons present content in a highly interactive format, featuring data-driven treatments. These interactive treatments combine at the end of the course to build a plan that students can reference and update for life after high school.

More Information

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