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Office of Financial Empowerment

The St. Louis Office of Financial Empowerment (“OFE”) is a public-private partnership that helps citizens make better financial decisions.

Founded in 2014 by St. Louis City Mayor Tishaura O. Jones, during her role as Treasurer, the OFE is recognized as the second OFE to be formed across the nation with a vision to ensure every student in the City of St. Louis has a savings account so they can be better prepared for their futures. Located in City Hall Room 220, the OFE helps to provide financial education and credit counseling free of charge. The OFE works with a variety of partners including banks and non-profits to provide financial management classes on various topics, including How to Purchase a Home; Entrepreneurship; Investing; and Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness.

The OFE also includes the College Kids Program, which provides all Kindergarten students in St. Louis Public and Charter schools with a savings account for post-secondary education. Research shows that children with savings for higher education are 3x more likely to attend, and 4x more likely to graduate than children without accounts. College Kids has helped over 21,000 St. Louis public and charter school students start educational savings accounts, with about $1.6 million saved to help more city children get a higher education.


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The City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office provides college savings accounts to all K-4 students enrolled in City of St. Louis public or charter schools.


Operation HOPE 1-on-1 Counseling & Workshops

Operation HOPE offers FREE 1-on-1 counseling and workshops on credit and money management.


OFE Classes and Workshops

Money Management, Mortgages and Homeownership, Credit, Saving for Retirement, Entrepreneurship, and more.

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