Though April is no longer officially recognized as National Financial Literacy Month in the U.S., many states and organizations still treat it as such. (Here in Oregon, for instance, it’s statewide financial literacy month.) Because I think financial literacy is important, Get Rich Slowly will spend most of the month reviewing the basics.

Note: Not every post will tie into Financial Literacy Month, though. From past experience, this gets tedious. We’ll lean heavier on the basics, but not so much that we ignore everything else.

If there’s a topic you’d like us to cover during Financial Literacy Month, speak up. Are there concepts that just haven’t clicked for you? Are there terms you don’t understand? Are there topics you’d like to see repeated? This month is about getting back to basics, so please let us know what you’d like to see covered. (And those of you who are groaning right now, just be patient. We’ll try to cover some more advanced subjects in May.)

To kick things off, here’s a little something I received in my inbox:

Charles Schwab Foundation will be funding scholarship awards for top performers on the 2011 National Financial Capability Challenge, a 40-question voluntary online test that measures the financial savvy of high-school-age students across the U.S. The test-taking window for the Challenge, which was created and is administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, begins March 7 and continues through April 8. Teachers can sign up their students at the Department of the Treasury’s website. Students enrolled in any subject from any U.S. high school, home school or after-school program can participate.

According to the Charles Schwab MoneyWise site (which I think is their financial literacy site), twenty high-school students will each win $1,000 scholarships for scoring well on this challenge. But there are only a few days left, so if you know somebody who could profit from this test, get her (and her teacher) on it!

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