Financial Education, Counseling and Navigation Providers

Financial Counseling/Coaching (Resource Navigators)

Through a network of agencies, one-on-one phone support is available to help you understand more about resources available.

  • American Financial Solutions (Washington)
    Over-the-phone financial coaching appointments, HUD-certified housing counseling, and access to public benefits.
    Call 888.282.5899 or schedule an appointment here>
    Learn more>
  • El Centro de la Raza (King County)
    Over-the-phone financial coaching appointment, lending circles, access to public benefits and small business assistance.
    Call 206.957.4610 or email more>
  • Hopelink Financial Capability Program (King County)
    Over-the-phone financial coaching appointments and access to public benefits.
    Call 425.250.3003 or email
    Learn more>
  • NW Access Fund – Financial Coaching for Individuals with Disabilities (Washington)
    Over-the-phone financial coaching appointments, access to public benefits, and benefit planning.
    Call 206.328.5116 or email
    Learn more>
  • Sound Outreach (Pierce County)
    Call 253.593.2111 (push ‘0’) and leave a message or email
    Learn more>
  • United Way Benefits Hub (King County)
    Online scheduling for over-the-phone financial coaching appointments and access to public benefits.
    Schedule an appointment here>
    If you can’t find available times call 206-461-4536 or email
  • YWCA Economic Resilience Initiative – Financial Coaching Program
    Six-months free financial coaching for graduates of Hope and Power and Money Mechanics classes. For more information or to register for classes, call 206.336.6982.

FDIC: Money Smart – A Financial Education Program

Money Smart is a comprehensive financial education curriculum designed to help low and moderate income individuals outside the financial mainstream enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships.  Learn more>

  • Money Smart for Adults
  • Money Smart for Young People
  • Money Smart for Young Adults
  • Money Smart for Small Business
  • Computer-Based Instruction
  • MP3
  • Train-the-Trainer

FDIC Youth Banking Resource Center

Learn about strategies to enhance youth financial education efforts with an opportunity to open a savings account. Learn more>

FDIC Youth Employment Resource Center

Explore this site to learn about the FDIC’s resources that support financial education and access to safe, affordable insured accounts for youth participating in employment programs. In particular, FDIC’s Money Smart curricula can help meet the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA []) financial literacy element. Learn more>

FDIC Learning Bank

The FDIC created the Learning Bank – to provide information about using money wisely, how banks work, and the differences between types of bank accounts and loans. You’re never too young to create smart financial habits that will help you manage your money!  Learn more>

FDIC Highlights New Resources for Bank Customers on Precautions When Using Computers and the Internet

As part of an ongoing effort to highlight safe online banking strategies, the FDIC released two new cybersecurity brochures aimed at consumers and business customers of financial institutions. The brochures include tips to help users protect and maintain their computer systems and data. In addition to expanded cybersecurity information available online, the FDIC also released a special edition of the quarterly newsletter FDIC Consumer News featuring precautions consumers can take at home and when banking remotely using laptops, desktops, smartphones, and other mobile devices.

For more information about the FDIC’s educational programs and services for consumers, including a toll-free call center, free videos and brochures, FDIC Consumer News, and the Money Smart financial education curriculum (one version for adults and one for young adults), start at or call 1-877-ASK-FDIC (1-877-275-3342).  Read the press release>

Money Talks

Washington State Department of Financial Institutions
Financial education news, resources, and updates. Learn more>

Financial Education:  Learn in Person

Financial Education Providers offer one-on-one financial education, free classes, and workshops to help you learn about managing your finances.  You can find a schedule of upcoming classes and workshops being offered on the Financial Education Calendar.

Financial Beginnings
Financial Beginnings offers financial education programs for youth in both English and Spanish. Each program provides age-specific curriculum and teaches youth how to adeptly navigate banking, credit and insurance industries; actively participate in these industries; and responsibly manage their personal finances.  Learn more>

Goodwill Olympics & Rainier Region
Goodwill Olympics & Rainier Region offers a free course in money management designed to build personal financial stability and independence.  Learn more>

Hopelink – Financial Education Classes 
Hopelink is dedicated to ensuring that our community is educated in matters of personal money management, budgeting, credit, debt, and consumer protection within the banking industry. If you are ready to deepen your current skills and knowledge of money management, then Hopelink has some great resources for you.  Learn more>

YWCA – Financial Education Classes

Money Mechanics offers Free financial workshops for anyone who feels like their finances could use a ‘tune-up’, and specifically for anyone who is unemployed, currently or recently homeless, or just tired of getting their tax refund and weeks later wondering, “just where did that money go”?   If this sounds familiar, “this wrench” will ”loosen” new ideas, create awareness. Learn more>

Food, childcare provided free on site!  Transportation assistance is available.

Classes will focus on:

  • Unmasking the mysteries of credit
  • Debt management
  • Budgeting and banking
  • Goal setting
  • Saving and investing

For more information or to register, contact Constance at (206) 496-9028, (425) 264-1416 and/or email:

Financial Education: Learn Online

Online tutorials are a convenient way to learn how to manage your finances.

American Financial Solutions (AFS)
AFS has created eight powerful personal finance courses that you can take online for free. Investing in Yourself is a series of programs that teach the essentials of smart money management including, debt management, credit card debt management, budgeting and investing.

Most classes take just 30 minutes and can be taken in any order. They are followed by a 10-question quiz to test your understanding. If you register and successfully complete these courses, you will receive a certificate which you may send to the credit bureaus to add to your credit report file.  Learn more>

Bank of America: Better Money Habits. Build your financial know-how with free tools and information to help you make more confident decisions. It’s a simple way of getting real, practical knowledge, brought to you by Bank of America in partnership with Khan Academy. Learn more>

BECU: Getting Help Making Informed Financial Decisions.  BECU provides timely information and valuable resources about financial wellness, and opportunities to advance education. Find information here on scholarships and grants, along with financial articles, free seminars, and webcasts.  Learn more>

KeyBank: How are you doing financially?  Get your Financial Wellness Score to find out.

KeyBank has teamed up with HelloWallet to help you on your financial journey.

  • Understand where you are today
  • Take action, one step at a time
  • Build healthy financial habits
  • Monitor regularly
  • Celebrate each success

Learn more>

U.S. Bank: Financial Genius. U.S. Bank’s financial capability programs and curriculum reflects their commitment to empowering individuals with financial education throughout every stage of life.  Learn more>