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I registered last year. Do I need to register again?

No. Registrations carry over for both coaches and students. If you cannot remember your password, click on “log in” and use the “Lost your password” feature to re-set it. If you cannot remember your username, contact LifeSmarts staff. If your email (or other information) has changed, login and click on “Profile” to update your information.

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What is LifeSmarts?

LifeSmarts is a acomprehensive consumer education program that is free to middle school and high school students and educators. LifeSmarts teaches the consumer literacy skills needed to succeed in today’s marketplace. The program covers: Personal Finance, Consumer Rights & Responsibilities, Technology, Health & Safety and the Environment. The LifeSmarts program follows the standard academic year with competition running from September to April.

Student teams, with the support and guidance of an adult coach, begin competition online. The highest-scoring online teams are invited to an in-person live state competition, and teams that win their state competitions are invited to attend the national LifeSmarts championship, where the ultimate champion is crowned.

Special opportunities exist for FBLA and FCCLA Chapters, and 4-H teams.

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Who operates LifeSmarts?

LifeSmarts is operated by the National Consumers League, the nation’s oldest consumer and worker advocacy organization, headquartered in Washington, DC.

Click here for more information on NCL.


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What does LifeSmarts teach teens?

LifeSmarts gives teens the knowledge to enter the real world as smart adult consumers.

In addition to the important information and knowledge that participants gain, students also develop teamwork, self-esteem, verbal communication skills, and leadership abilities in a fun and exciting competition format. LifeSmarts provides teens with a good understanding of their consumer rights and responsibilities.

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When are competitions held?

Visit the State Competitions page for details. The online competition generally takes place from mid-September through mid-February. In-person state competitions are held from November through mid-March. The National Championship is held in April.

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Who can participate?

LifeSmarts is free and open to all teens in 6th-12th grade, and is available throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and American military bases abroad. The participation of special needs students, students with disabilities, exchange students, alternative schools, work study groups, home school groups, clubs and community organizations is encouraged and welcomed.

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What does it cost to participate?

There is no registration fee to participate at any level of the LifeSmarts program, and all of our educational resources are provided free of charge.

Teams advancing to in-person competitions may be required to cover personal expenses such as meals, lodging, or transportation. Please ask your state coordinator for more information.

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