The University of Arizona

Financial Fitness Fair to Challenge Local Students

By Jeff Harrison, University Communications | April 19, 2012

The UA's Credit-Wise Cats coached teams from 14 local schools on financial literacy and ability to manage money.

How good are young people with money? Teams of students from 14 local schools will find out when they pit their financial chops against each other at the third annual Arizona Financial Face-Off on April 21 at Doolen Middle School in Tucson.

The competition will test their knowledge as they build their financial portfolios. That includes how well they handle a potentially difficult family housing scenario based on the portfolio they've constructed.

The competition is part of Financial Fitness Fair, a free community event put together by United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and Tucson Money Faire. The event – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – includes free financial information for adults, food and raffles.

The Financial Face-Off competition runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each semester since 2000, the University of Arizona's Take Charge America Institute, or TCAI, and its Credit-Wise Cats student ambassadors run personal financial workshops for more than 600 Tucson-area middle and high school students. The workshops are designed to increase students' financial literacy and prepare them for the Financial Face-Off.

TCAI is part of the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

"TCAI is focused on reaching young adults through financial education," said Michael Staten, a professor and the institute's director. "The Arizona Financial Face-Off provides a platform to test and showcase the knowledge students gained in the workshops. We are grateful to have the support of strong partners who share our commitment to financial literacy and allow us to provide students a real-life scenario competition while having fun."

The Credit-Wise Cats have partnered with Hughes Federal Credit Union, Citi and the Tucson Association of Realtors to host the event.


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