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Right on the Money - Financial Know-How for Financial Freedom

08/10/2017
If you're off to college, chances are you will be concerned about money. But, you will also be worried about writing papers, taking exams, and balancing your social life. Whether you’re in college for two years or four, or just taking a few classes, DFI's Right on the Money booklet can help you...

Cash With Draw - Financial Education Videos on KCTS9

07/14/2016
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions recently partnered with KCTS9 to develop Cash With Draw, a series of hand drawn informational videos, by Artist Nathan Shields. Cash With Draw traces through key financial strategies that we face in today's volatile economy and market. Cash...

Money Tips and Resources for College Students

06/21/2016
You’ve graduated high school and are off to college. Now what? You have to manage your finances for the first time, find financial aid, and possibly take out a student loan. Here are some links to resources to help you manage your finances while you are in college. Financial Aid Options There are...

Learn How to Spot and Avoid Fraud July 26 in Sequim

06/15/2016
Learn how to spot and avoid financial fraud with a free presentation from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions. Kristen Standifer, Division of Securities Enforcement Attorney with the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions will share tips & tricks on how to...

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15

06/13/2016
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is a day for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons. Financial Elder Abuse Seniors remain a top target of financial abuse and fraud due to the value of their...

New Mortgage Forms - What You Need To Know

10/06/2015
New mortgage disclosure rules went into effect that require lenders to provide home buyers two new forms that clearly detail their loan terms. For more than 30 years, Federal law has required lenders to provide two different disclosure forms to consumers applying for a mortgage and two different...

Video: Understanding Capital in Small Businesses

07/14/2015
The Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) has produced a short video that illustrates how capital works in small business. The video was produced with support from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions and the Community Bankers of...

Get Help with Your Health Insurance Questions

06/13/2014
SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) is a free, confidential and impartial counseling resource sponsored by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner. The program consists of volunteer advisors across Washington who help consumers understand their rights and options...

Free First Time Homebuyer Education Classes

06/06/2014
June is National Homeownership Month. At the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) we believe in providing resources and education to Washington residents seeking homeownership. We believe better educated consumers make better financial decisions and that it’s important for...

How to Check Your Child’s Credit Report

05/02/2014
Identity thieves target children’s Social Security numbers because children have no credit histories and because fraudulent activity may go unchecked for years. Learning that your child is a victim of identity theft is a frightening experience, so what can you do to prevent it?   Start by...