Standard 7: Borrowing Money

  1. Identify and analyze sources of credit (e.g., financial institutions, private lenders, and retail businesses) and credit products (e.g., student loans, credit cards, and car loans).
  2. Identify standard loan practices, predatory lending practices (e.g., rapid tax return, rapid access loans, and payday loans), and legal debt collection practices.
  3. Explain the importance of establishing a positive credit history (e.g., maintaining a reasonable debt to income ratio), describe information contained in a credit report, and explain the factors that affect a credit score (e.g., the relationship between interest rates and credit scores).
  4. Explain how the terms of a loan (e.g., interest rates, fees, and repayment schedules) affect the cost of credit.
  5. Explain the impact of non-repayment on individuals, families, business, and the broader economic system as a whole.

Online Curriculum and Lesson Plans

Making $en$e: Financial Success for Oklahoma Students | view now

  • Module 7.1: Remember the Interest | view now
  • Module 7.2 – It is in Your Interest | view now
  • Module 7.3 – Your Credit Score | view now
  • Module 7.4 – Consumer Credit Legislation | view now

It Just Adds Up

  • Lesson 27 – Major Purchases: Buying a Car | view now


Council for Economic Education Lessons

Financial Fitness for Life (9-12) Teacher Guide

  • Theme 4: Spending and Credit Are Serious Business
  • Lesson 11 – What Is Credit?
  • Lesson 12 – Making Credit Choices
  • Lesson 13 – Applying for Credit
  • Lesson 14 – All About Interest
  • Lesson 15 – Shopping for a Credit Card
  • Lesson 16 – Shopping for a Mortgage
  • Lesson 17 – Shopping for an Auto Loan

Financial Fitness for Life (6-8), Teacher Guide

  • Theme 4: Spending and Using Credit
  • Lesson 12 – Cash or Credit?
  • Lesson 13 – Establishing Credit
  • Lesson 14 – Comparison Shopping

Contact OCEE to request a copy of the Financial Fitness for Life curriculum.


Online Resources

Expanded Activities
  • Taking the Road to Good Credit – Downloadable Video | Money Talks
  • Show Me the Money: EconEdLink | view now
  • Borrowing Money - In Plain English - Video | view now