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Indiana Personal Finance Challenge
April 2 - April 16, 2018

Presented by:

The Indiana Council for Economic Education
The Center for Economic Education in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI

The Personal Finance Challenge is a $mart Indiana Program. $mart Indiana is a project of the Indiana Council for Economic Education presented in partnership with the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State

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What Is the Indiana Personal Finance Challenge?   
The Indiana Personal Finance Challenge is designed to encourage students to study personal finance concepts and to help them become more financially savvy adults! Teams of 4 students compete online in one of two divisions: Middle School Division or High School Division. The highest scoring team in each division will be crowned Indiana Personal Finance Challenge Champions! The state champs in the High School Division will have the opportunity to travel to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where they will represent Indiana in the National Personal Finance Challenge Championship!

Prizes  
Indiana State Champion 1st Place Middle & High School Team Members win $50 Visa gift cards.

2nd through 10th Place (the teams that finish in 2nd through 10th place by score in each division) win $5 Subway gift cards.

2018 Registration Dates
Team registration begins January 15, 2018.

The national finals will be held on May 11, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Registration Fees: No Registration Fee!

How Does It Work?
1. Go to http://financechallenge.unl.edu and click on Indiana. BE SURE TO READ “THE RULES.” After you have registered as a teacher/coach, you'll receive authorization to begin creating your online teams of 4 students (Be sure to select the appropriate division - Middle School or High School).

2. After creating and registering your teams, download unique access codes for your students. Distribute an access code to each student when (s)he is ready to begin the competition.

3. The state competition runs from April 2 to April 16, 2018. Team members may login and compete on any one of the competition days, excluding Saturday, April 7; Sunday, April 8; Saturday April 14; and Sunday April 15. The testing portal will be open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm eastern time M-F for that two-week period. **NEW THIS YEAR** Testing days and times during the online competition window are left to the discretion of the teacher/coach but must be between the hours and on one of the days listed above. Members of a team do not have to compete on the same day! A member of each team may compete on any day or at any time (within the parameters listed above).

4. Once the Indiana Personal Finance Challenge begins, students enter the competition web site at http://financechallenge.unl.edu and complete a 30-question, rapid-fire exam on topics including income and money management, spending, credit, saving, and investing. Students should be prepared for some economics to be covered as well. Each student has 35 minutes to complete the exam. While this is a team competition, each student must complete his or her exam individually. Students must not work as a group. In addition, students may not utilize any outside materials or testing aids during the competition (no books, calculators, etc.) A pencil and piece of scratch paper are permitted. Students are not to receive any help or guidance from their teacher/coach or any other person(s). Teachers/coaches will be asked to sign and submit a form certifying that their team(s) will comply with competition rules.

5. Scoring: The sum of the top 3 individual scores on each team make up the team score. **NEW THIS YEAR** Scoring on individual tests is as follows: +10 for each correct answer, 0 points for each unanswered question. The -5 points for incorrect answers has been eliminated. Scores will be available after the competition window has closed.

6. The winning Indiana Personal Finance Challenge teams in both divisions will be notified on April 17, 2018.

7. The teacher/coach of the state champion high school team may reconstitute his or her team prior to the national championship. However, all team members must continue to meet eligibility requirements, and there will be a deadline for reconstituting a team.

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2017 Personal
FinanceChallenge Winners


1st Place Middle School Winner:

North Clay Middle School
Teacher Coach: Dava Boor
Student Team Members:
Braylynn Cass, Mason Reynolds,
Matthew Briscoe, Mitchell Sampson

1st Place High School:
Carmel High School
Teacher Coach: Paul Clayton
Student Team Members:
Michael Wang, Matt Simons, Drew Seketa,
Zach Gartenhaus, Darren Chang (alternate)

Participating Schools:
Carmel High School
Columbus North High School
Fishers High School
Hamilton Southeastern High School
North Clay Middle School
Waldron Jr. Sr. High School
Warren Central High school
Zionsville Community High School