Maryland CASH Academy

Build Your Financial IQ. One Class at a Time.

Who We Are: The Maryland CASH Academy, a signature program of the Maryland CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign, offers free personal finance classes on a wide variety of topics across the state of Maryland. Search for a class by location, date, topic or educator.

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Become An Educator

Do you love teaching? Do you have experience with financial services? Are you passionate about helping people better manage their finances? Are you eager to continue developing your skills as a financial educator? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, please complete an online application to become an educator with the Maryland CASH Academy.

Become a Partner
Partner organizations provide a pool of qualified and experienced financial educators. Examples include non-profit organizations and financial institutions with a staff committed to helping people understand personal finance. Please contact us to inquire about partnership opportunities.

Request a Class
If you'd like to have a class on a particular topic, click here to send us an email. Let us know the topic that you would like and what area in the state that you would like the class. 

You Can Afford College

Available on Maryland Public Television

Monday, November 24, 2014 from 8-9 pm

Co-hosted by Mario Armstrong and Yolanda Vazquez, the program explores the maze of questions surrounding financial aid and paying for college. Experts explain how to navigate the labyrinth of government aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). From public and private grants and scholarships to tax forms and application deadlines, viewers can find out where to safely search on the Internet for college funds and meet students from campuses across Maryland who have found great ways to pay for school. The program also features information on the types of aid available as well as advice on finding grants and scholarships - all while managing expectations.

Economic Inclusion:
Cross Sector Strategies that Promote the Financial Strength
of Low-Income Families and Communities
Monday, December 8, 2014
8:30 am - 2:45 pm

This conference will convene a multi-disciplinary audience to hear about economic issues affecting low- and moderate-income individuals, families and communities.

Kartik Athreya, Group Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, will discuss his recent research on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is the nation's largest income-support program. Senior staff of the FDIC's Office of Policy & Research will present data from the most recent National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households. In addition, Dave Beck, the Richmond Fed's Senior Vice President and Regional Executive will present an in-depth look at the new financial products being adopted by low-income consumers.

Leading practitioners from around Maryland, along with senior state officials, will discuss current efforts and highlight ways to improve the financial strength of low-wealth families and communities moving forward. Participants can expect a robust discussion about cross-sector strategies that contribute significantly to a more inclusive, equitable Maryland economy.

This event is free, but registration is required.
Breakfast and lunch are provided!
Please contact Ellen Janes,, with any questions or suggestions.

Click here to register for this event.

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you like to help others learn to be confident in handling their finances? MD CASH Campaign is seeking volunteers who would like to teach classes, do one on one financial coaching and/or do outreach in your local communities to let others know about our classes and coaching programs.  No experience is required--we will provide free training and support. If you would like to teach classes, we will help you with developing curriculum, learning effective teaching methods, locating a place for your class, advertising and registering participants. If you would like, you can co-teach with a current Educator until you are comfortable. If you would like to work one on one with someone to help them achieve their financial goals, we will provide free training and help connect you to clients. If you like to help your friends and neighbors find out about our free, in-person fact based financial education classes, you can help by posting our local flyers in your community centers, grocery stores, etc. as well as any online local calendar listings. Volunteer in your area and give only as much time as you are comfortable with. Click here for a brief online application.

 Thank You...

The Maryland CASH Academy thanks the Connecticut Money School and Delaware Money School for website and program inspiration and insight.


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