UW-Madison Division of Extension’s Financial Education program helps families and individuals across the state achieve financial well being – keeping pace with day-to-day expenses, reaching financial goals, planning for life’s unexpected events and securing their financial future. These resources will help guide you to find information on taxes, finances and so much more. UW-Madison Division of Extension, Financial Education department offers programs available to anyone interested.

Events happening in or around your area

Interested in learning more about other financial programs? Be sure to check out the “Events” page on the Extension Financial Education website. Classes are being offered weekly on topics such as: Financial Coaching, Rent Smart and so much more.

Financial Education

Saving for Post-Secondary Education

Saving for Post-Secondary Education is a campaign led by UW-Madison Division of Extension county educators to promote the benefits of saving for college, answer common questions about saving for higher education, and provide information about how you can get started.

Reentry Ready Resources

Recourses and information on what to do after you or a loved one are released from jail. Information on how to find housing, how to get identification or how to replace identification cards, how to find work, and any legal questions can be found by clicking the button below.

Getting Through Tough Times

Managing Your Personal Finances in Tough Times is designed to share trusted resources used or developed by UW-Madison Division of Extension Financial Education professionals. It is designed to help people make sound financial choices in tough times.

Saving on Taxes

Low and moderate income Wisconsin residents can take advantage of a variety of tax credits. These credits can bring thousands of extra dollars to individuals and families, but an estimated 20% of people who are eligible for these tax credits do not claim them every year. 

Finding & Keeping Affordable Housing

As housing prices rise, Extension is educating people on essential skills for successfully finding and keeping affordable housing in Wisconsin.

Building & Maintaining Credit

By law, everybody can obtain free credit reports each year at It is important to check your report regularly to make sure it is accurate and up to date. The credit reporting system is set up so that you are responsible for finding and correcting errors in your reports.

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