This year’s high school freshman might be able to teach their college counterparts a thing or two… at least their new school curriculum can. This marks the first year freshman must take a course in personal finance. The State Board of Education approved the half-credit requirement last year. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s assistant commissioner, Nancy Headrick, says the goal is to give students the skills they need to manage their own finances. The half credit requirement comes as part of an extra 2 full credits tacked on to high school graduation requirements. The required finance course is grouped into four categories: income and taxes, money management, spending and credit, and saving and investing.