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Dates and Times

The Challenge is about to begin!

Join hundreds of high school students across the state as they make money moves!


National Personal Finance Challenge Timeline:

  • January - Registration Opens: Teachers can sign up for the competition and register their students in teams to compete in the competition.
  • March : Let the Games Begin! Student teams participate in the online preliminary test to qualify to advance to the state finals.
  • March  Top scoring teams for the online preliminary are announced and notified by email by 5pm

  • State Finals The top scoring teams from the online preliminary compete for the State Championship!

  • First week of April Northern State Finals

  • Second week of April Southern State Finals

  • May 2025 CEE announces teams adavancing to Fianls 

  • May 2025 In Person National Competition: Finalist teams compete for the title of National Champions!


California State Finalists in National Personal Finance Challenge will win cash prices accordingly:

  • First place team: $500 per team member
  • Second place team: $300 per team member
  • Third place team: $100 per team member 


The student team who moves on to the National Personal Finance Challenge finals will have the opportunity to win: 

  • First place: $2000 for each team member, Banner
  • Second place: $1000 for each team member, Banner 
  • Third place: $500 for each team member, Banner 

The National Personal Finance Challenge is embracing a new format for the competition. For the second year in a row, teams at the finals will be assigned a case study for which they need to apply their financial knowledge to developing a plan for their case study and then presenting it at the event.

Click here to get more information about the National Personal Finance Competition.