EVERFI Pathways: Financing Higher Education

Financial Planning for High School Students

Student Learning Objectives

  • Understanding Your Higher Education’s ROI
  • Understanding Financial Aid
  • Student Loan Basics
  • Budgeting for Your Loans
  • Repaying Loans Responsibly


EVERFI Pathways: Financing Higher Education develops informed consumers, preparing students to make wise financial decisions when considering how to best finance their higher education. Students learn about topics like financial aid, applying for FAFSA, student loans, and budgeting for responsible loan repayment.

EVERFI Pathways: Financing Higher Education is available for all U.S. Schools at no cost.

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BEST FIT:Economics, Finance, Business, CTE, Counseling, Advisory
TIME PER LESSON / TOTAL DURATION:15 minutes / 75 minutes
STANDARDS:Jump$tart National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education, US State Financial Literacy Standards

Preview the Lessons

Lesson 1

Understanding Your Higher Education’s ROI

In this lesson, students learn about the return on investment of higher education as well as the “true cost” of college.

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Lesson 5

Hear Why Teachers & Students Love Pathways

“EVERFI is an invaluable resource for our students as a method for engaging instruction because of its relevant and authentic application to students’ lives. Students grow as a result of this program in extremely positive ways – both in their understanding of financial literacy and their interest in the subject matter.”

Amber Graeber

Social Studies Curriculum Director and Advance Placement Coordinator

Des Moines Public Schools, IA

“I learned to be careful and to understand all aspects when applying for a loan: interest rates, fees, changing variables. Without the knowledge provided by EverFi, I wouldn't have known the difference and this would have been a bad decision in the future and could result in me losing a large amount of money and regret.”

Mark E.

High School Student


“As a teacher, it is amazing that there are sponsors who make this wonderful tool free for us to use! EVERFI offers quality resources with real-life scenarios for students to make deeper connections. I love that it connects directly to our standards and that there are additional lesson ideas to expand and deepen the learning.”

Tonya Nugent

Technology and Computers Teacher

Meads Mill Middle School, MI

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EVERFI's K-12 Resources Are Available at No Cost to Teachers, Schools, & Districts.