Starting this fall, high school students in North Carolina will be required to take and pass a new course in order to graduate. Personal finance. The change was approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education last week. The new finance course will replace an American history requirement for the North Carolina high school diploma.
Only five other states require at least a one semester personal finance course for high school graduation: Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee, Utah and Missouri. And Forbes reports that New Jersey has recently mandated the inclusion of financial literacy for sixth- through eighth-grade public school students.