To Borrow or Not To Borrow: Natalie’s Story

Game Theory Academy


  • Grades: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
  • Subjects: All
  • Product Type: Lesson/Unit Plans, Worksheet
  • Format: Digital product, Downloadable

Product Description

Natalie has spent most of her life focused on achieving the college dream. Now that decision time has arrived, she must compare the financial aid packages offered by her three top choice schools. This case study offers teachers a chance to familiarize students with financial aid vocabulary, learn the essentials about borrowing money and weigh the trade-offs of working, loans and scholarships. We've found that our case studies (written by our students with lessons developed by our instructors) are well received by other students for their sincerity and relatability.

Who is it for?

  • 9th Graders (14 to 15-year-olds)
  • 10th Graders (15 to 16-year-olds)
  • 11th Graders (16 to 17-year-olds)
  • 12th Graders (17 to 18-year-olds)


What's included?

  • Case study 
  • Vocabulary terms
  • Discussion questions
  • Math worksheet that covers how interest, APRs, and loans work
  • Answer key for worksheet


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Game Theory Academy (GTA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide decision-making skills and economic opportunities to low-income and at-risk youth.

  • GTA teaches students how to think differently about money, increasing their financial stability and academic achievement while decreasing criminal activity. 
  • Young people graduate GTA with improved confidence in navigating the economy, and superior analytical skills they can apply to financial, education, career, and risk decisions. 
  • Business education programs teach decision-making skills that help corporate executives maximize their resources.  GTA takes those same concepts and applies them to the life changing decisions young people make as they transition into adulthood. 
  • GTA serves 300 youth ages 16-22 each year in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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