We are now providing some of our resources that are most relevant to you for free, and we are providing a 25% discount on all of the publications at the Council for Economic Education store. Use the promo code TEACHERS25 at checkout to redeem. Offer expires at midnight EST on May 4th. This promotion cannot be combined with other coupons or disc​ounts.

paid content icon


Grade 9-12

What is Credit?

Time: 45 mins,
Updated: September 20 2019,


Students will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the meaning of key terms such as credit, interest, and risk.
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of using credit.
  • Identify types of financial institutions that offer credit.
  • Explain that most credit transactions are voluntary ones in which both sides expect to gain.

In this personal finance lesson, students will learn the advantages and disadvantages of using credit.

Book Info

This lesson is part of Financial Fitness for Life 9-12, 3rd Edition and provides the slides and activities with educational technology tools. For full access to the book, shop the teacher guide and student workbook below.

Teacher Guide

Student Workbook

Available in eBook and hard copy

Available in eBook and hard copy


Decisions about credit loom large in the lives of adults as they consider buying big-ticket items such as a home or a new car. Adults often use credit by using credit cards to buy goods and services or taking out loans to pay for college expenses. The decisions they make in these cases can have important consequences. This lesson introduces the concept of credit, with special attention paid to the advantages and disadvantages of using credit. It also describes particular types of loans including home mortgage loans, car loans, college loans, personal loans, and credit card loans.

Personal Finance