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Indiana Personal Finance Challenge
March 27 - April 7, 2017

Presented by:

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

Sponsored by:


What Is the Indiana Personal Finance Challenge?   
The Indiana Personal Finance Challenge is an online competition designed to encourage students to study personal finance concepts. Teams, consisting of 4 high school students compete for prizes and the opportunity to travel to Kansas City, Missouri where they will represent Indiana in the national championship competition.
NEW for 2017: Middle school competition!

Indiana State Champion 1st Place Team receives:

  • $50 Visa gift card for each team member and teacher/coach
  • Recognition at home for the middle school winners

2nd through 10th Place (the teams that finish in 2nd through 10th place by score) $5 Subway gift card for each team member and teacher/coach.

Students will have a chance to win other prizes at the National competition!

2017 Registration Dates
Team enrollment begins January 2, 2017.
The national finals will be held in May, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. Exact dates to be announced.

Registration Fees:

  • 1 team (4 students per team) for FREE!
  • 2 to 50 teams - $30 per school

How Does It Work?
1. Go to and click on Indiana. BE SURE TO READ “THE RULES.” After you have registered as a teacher/coach and submit the team fees (or a P.O.), you'll receive an emailed authorization to begin creating your online teams of 4 students (Be sure to select the appropriate division - Middle School or High School). PLEASE PAY TEAM FEES ONCE YOU’VE REGISTERED. See "The Rules" for team fee details. Mail your registration fees, payable to the Indiana Council for Economic Education, to the attention of Terri Crews at :

IUPUI Center for Economic Education
425 University Blvd., CA511
Indianapolis, IN 46202.

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 Monday, March 27 to Friday, April 7, 2017. Teams may login and compete on any one of these days, excluding Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2. The testing portal will be open from 6:00am to 6:00pm eastern time M-F for that two-week period. While the testing day during the online competition is left to the discretion of the teacher/coach, all team members must complete the online exam within 3 hours and between the hours and on one of the days listed above. For example, if one team member begins testing at 3:00 pm on Friday, March 18, all team members must have their exams completed by 6:00pm that same day. Multiple teams from the same school do not have to compete on the same day.

4. Once the Indiana Personal Finance Challenge begins, students enter the competition web site at 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. Scoring on individual tests is as follows: +10 for each correct answer, -5 for each incorrect answer, 0 points for each unanswered question. Scores will be available after the competition window has closed.

6. The winning Indiana Personal Finance Challenge team will be notified.

7. A teacher coach 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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2016 Personal
FinanceChallenge Winners

1st Place and State Winner:

Hamilton Southeastern High School
Teacher Coach: Eric Rosenbaum
Student Team #1 Members:
Shanon Fitzgerald, Grayson Faircloth,
Dinara Heidler, Anna Berman

2nd Place:
Columbus North High School
Teacher Coach: Brian Campbell
Student Team Members: Julia Vanderkolk, Alex Cvelbar, Devon Stewart, Morgan Smith

3rd Place:
Hamilton Southeastern High School
Teacher Coach: Eric Rosenbaum
Student Team#2 Members: Nadia Jurkovich, Alan Reynolds, Joseph Reigo, Jun Sung

Participating Schools:
Carmel High School
Columbus North High School
Crown Point High School
Fishers High School
Hamilton Southeastern High School
Indiana Math and Science Academy North
Merrillville High School
Mt. Vernon High School (in Mt. Vernon, IN)
North Vermillion High School
Waldron Jr. Sr. High School
Warren Central High school
Zionsville Community High School