Personal Finance Decathlon

2019 State Champions from Mounds View High School

What is the Personal Finance Decathlon?

The Personal Finance Decathlon is an exciting competition for high school students that engages students' content knowledge and critical and creative thinking skills while creating a fun incentive for students to take ownership of their education, their choices, and their futures.  Teams of students compete online to demonstrate their knowledge of personal finance by taking an online test covering questions in 10 areas of personal finance. Winning teams are then invited to the state championship where they receive a case study and prepare a presentation of financial recommendations to a panel of judges with an opportunity to earn a trip to nationals. Also, teams that qualify for the state competition will be paired with an expert volunteer from a Financial Planning Association to help them prepare!     

Online Competition: January 1-March 9, 2020

Winona In-Person Competition: March 2, 2020 - Winona State University
State Competition: April 14, 2020 - Travelers, St. Paul
National Competition: (for qualifying teams) May 4, 2020 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Check out America Public Media's Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell talk about the 2016 Personal Finance Decathlon on his show! Fast forward to 3:28 to hear the segment.

Photos from the 2019 Personal Finance Decathlon are on our Facebook page!

Those who are interested in the 2019 competition can sign up online between January 1 - March 9, 2020. All qualifying teams will face-off on April 15, 2020 at the State Championship in Minneapolis.

Never competed before? Look at our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.


Thank you to our 2019 Personal Finance Decathlon sponsor the Affinity Plus Foundation!

And also to our host, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis