Connecticut Financial Reality Fair, Inc.

The Connecticut Financial Reality Fair, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)3 foundation created to support youth financial literacy in Connecticut. The major focus of the CT FRF foundation is on providing Financial Reality Fairs for high school students.

The Financial Reality Fair is a 2.25-hour experiential learning program in which students practice living within their income for a month. Students learn the importance of budgeting, putting needs before wants, the impact of their credit score, paying themselves first, and having a financial plan for the future.

In preparation for the Fair, students research the career they want to have after graduating from school, its beginning salary, and how much post-high school education is necessary to obtain the position.

Fair volunteers create a unique budget worksheet for each student based on the researched information and the student uses that information to obtain housing, transportation, clothing, food, etc., for a month. The last stop is with a Financial Counselor who reviews the student’s choices, verifies he or she lived within their income, then discusses a financial plan for the student in the future.

The CT FRF foundation raises funds to offer this experience at no cost to the school other than transportation to and from the Fair. In October 2012 the foundation celebrated the 10,000th student attending a Fair in Connecticut.

Connecticut credit unions recognize the need for financial literacy among Connecticut youth. To assist schools and parents in their efforts, the Connecticut credit union community has banded together to create a Financial Reality Fair experience for high school students.

The latest information about the CT Financial Reality Fair is posted below.

Financial Reality Fair Golf Tournament Sponsors

2nd Annual Financial Reality Fair Golf Tournament Fundraiser - September 2014 Thank you to our sponsors! Company Sponsorship Level Baillie & Hershman Premier Credit Union … [Read more...]

Video Archives

From time to time the Financial Reality Fair foundation will post videos of Fairs in action around the state. Click below to view each and see how these activities work and the reactions of the … [Read more...]


To become a sponsor, please contact Barb Bass at either 203-608-7054 or … [Read more...]

Moran/Nixon Chapter

The Moran/Nixon Chapter Reality Fair will be held at the Central Connecticut State University, on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. If you would like to participate, please contact Andrew Klimkoski at … [Read more...]

Hartford Chapter

The Hartford Chapter Reality Fair will be held at the Connecticut State Capitol on October 30, 2013. This Fair is for high school students. If you would like to participate, please contact Fred … [Read more...]

Eastern Connecticut

The Eastern Chapter Reality Fair will be held at the Connecticut College, in New London, on May 7, 2014. This Fair, providing a hands-on financial experience, is for high school students in eastern … [Read more...]

CT Financial Reality Fair Video

Fair shows students life can be pricey: … [Read more...]