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Financial Literacy

University of Wyoming Extension

Programs offered by UW Extension

Financial security is being able to meet future needs while keeping current with day-to-day obligations. UW Extension reaches people through presentations to groups, associations and agencies in the community and in prisons, and through our online resources and publications. Contact your local Extension office to find out what is available in your area, or look for our podcasts and First Thursday webinars.


  • Passing it On - An Estate Planning Resource Guide for Wyoming’s Farmers and Ranchers – topics are relevant to many situations
  • eXtension Personal Finance - Connect to the national network of the Cooperative Extension Service: it is like having a personal financial educator, but even better. Publications and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on a wide variety of financial topics are available to consumers 24/7/365 at no cost.
  • Wyoming Jump$tart Coalition – The coalition helps bring awareness about financial literacy topics for Wyoming’s youth and provides training to teachers and students around the state.
  • How to Handle a Furlough: Develop a Plan - Sometimes, just as people are making progress to improve their finances one small step at a time, something happens to set them back.  For some people in today’s difficult economic climate, that setback is a furlough.
  • Financial Fitness Quiz - Want to improve your personal finances? Start by taking this quiz to get an idea of how well you’ve managed your money so far.

Financial Literacy

  • What is financial literacy? A financially literate person is one who:
  • Understands his or her relationship to money
  • Reads about, discusses, and communicates regarding financial issues
  • Possesses knowledge of banking and credit
  • Practices money management
  • Understands the need for protection against unforeseen emergencies
  • Plans for major life events
  • Saves and invests for the future
  • Knows how and where to find information to make effective personal financial choices

Self-efficacy is the distinguishing characteristic of a financially literate person – a person who has a sense of “I can do this!” when pursuing what he/she believes are attainable financial goals. Our commitment is to provide current and accurate information to you with the resources we offer.

Source: Personal Finance and the Rush to Competence: Financial Literacy Education in the U.S., 2000. Institute for Socio-Financial Studies, 2000. Used with permission: L. Vitt, Institute for Socio-Financial Studies, 4/5/01.
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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5124


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