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Financial Management Resources 

Are you unclear about how to do manage your finances because of the COVID-19 panademic's effect on your household? Find helpful strategies for managing finances during a crisis and best uses for stimulus checks by browsing our financial management resource section.

  • Free Weekly Credit Reports from Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion Website: Annual Credit Report. Access your credit report for free from the 3 major credit bureaus through April 2021.
  • COVID-19 and debt collectors Article: Federal Trade Commission
  • Keep your money safe Article: FDIC.  Article 2: Source:University of Tenessee Extension                  WebsiteConsumer Financial Protection Bureau                      
  • Manage your bills during COVID-19 ArticleFederal Trade Commission
  • Best way to save and earn money Article: University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension
  • Managing your finances during tough times Article 1: University of Wisconsin-Madison    Article 2: Source: Extension, Cooperative Extension, & USDA Article 3University of Georgia Extension   Article 4: University of Georgia Extension Article 5: North Dakota State Univeristy 


What should you know about tax filing? Go directly to the IRS with these links to find answers to questions relating to taxes.


Cares Act

Do you have questions about the Cares Act? Find answers to common questions related to the Cares Act using the links below.


Small Businesses

Are you a small business owner? See links below to find answers to questions you may have as a small business owner.


General COVID-19 Resources

Here are other resources to general questions you may have about COVID-19.


Direct Assistance

Are you having a hard time finding a resource? These organizations can help you find the resources you are looking for.

  • National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences NEAFCS


Social Media

Are you active on social media and want to follow COVID-19 related financial updates? 

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Financial Education Programs

The poverty and subsequent hunger that exists in every community can be reduced by empowering children with early financial capabilities, trickling financial empowerment up through parents and caregivers, and spreading lessons and resources out to Maryland schools and afterschool programs.

University of Maryland Extension provides basic financial education for young people and adults through research-based programs, often in collaboration with non-profits and community organizations.

Particular to youth financial education, UME educators are currently involved in schools, afterschool programming, 4-H Clubs across the state and work with children and youth at risk and their families. UME Educators, specialists in adult education, adapt youth financial education curricula to deliver train-the-teacher/youth leader sessions to expand the scope and diversity of outreach.

In addition, UME has become a recognized facilitator of advance training for personal finance educators through the Personal Finance Seminar for Professionals, an annual conference that provides training and updates on matters relevant to helping the individuals and communities that we serve.

Adult Programs:

  • Workplace Financial Education: a variety of classes designed to increase knowledge of how to save and invest for retirement.
  • Personal Finance Seminar for Professionals: an annual conference that provides training and updates on matters relevant to helping the individuals and communities that we serve. Learn More
  • Annie’s Project: a multi-session program that empowers farmwomen to manage information systems used in critical decision making processes and build local networks throughout the state. Learn More
  • Health Insurance Literacy: workshops and resources that increase the capacity of Marylanders to get health information, and understand and use it with confidence to lower the risk of poor health. Learn More

Youth and Family Programs:

  • Financial Nuggets: designed for family involvement in which both youth and families will increase basic financial capacity and ability to make both short-and long-term decisions regarding spending and saving. Parents will become familiar with how to engage their children in financial capacity activities at home.

Reading Makes Cents: a financial curriculum that uses children’s literature to introduce basic money management concepts of earning, managing, spending, saving, borrowing and lending. Children’s books attract youth to the topics, improve children’s attitudes toward reading, and provide opportunities for youth to practice important life and money skills. Learn More

Family and Consumer Sciences educators who focus on financial education are located throughout the state and provide a variety of programs tailored to specific audiences and to address local needs.

For more information about the programs above or specific programs offered in your area, click here to contact your local Extension office.

Financial Education Programs
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