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Survey exposes the need for high-school financial literacy

April 10, 2014

A study has revealed a clear need for greater and more differentiated financial literacy education in the K-12 environment.

The “Money Matters On Campus” report, now in its second-year, polled some 65,000 first-year college students across the country. In addition to the need for an early financial understanding, survey results indicate that colleges and universities should provide financial education at the onset of a student’s college experience to better ensure that students will make sound financial decisions later on. The study was conducted by Higher One and education technology specialist EverFi.

The study polled students on banking, savings, credit card usage and school loans, as well as featured a series of questions designed to assess students’ financial knowledge. Significant differences in students’ financial understanding were found based on age, race, gender and institution type. Moreover, survey data suggests that a mandatory financial literacy education in high school underlines fosters a positive relationship between knowledge, attitudes and behaviors in the financial arena.

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Money management skills to master before college
4 lessons to learn before you go off on your own

By Jasmine Evans

Budget, savings, overdraft, deposit — you may hear some of these terms as you get closer to college. They can be overwhelming and might involve a bunch of confusing numbers. But these four lessons from personal finance experts can give you a running start to manage your money the smart way.

Lesson 1: Open a bank account

Opening a bank account is “an absolute must,” says Denise Winston, a personal finance expert who runs workshops for teens. “You will have a bank account for the remainder of your adult life,” she says. So, “figuring out how that bank account works is crucial.”

When you open the bank account, “use technology to help you communicate and stay on track,” says Winston. You can set up email or text alerts for when bills are due, when your account balance is low, or when a withdrawal comes from your account.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Talk to people at your bank and ask your parents questions. To “avoid serious boo-boos,” it’s best to not try to do it all on your own, Winston says.

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Credit Unions Tackle Financial Literacy Deficiency

By Gina Ragusa
April 9, 2014

Despite the nation’s best attempts to boost youth knowledge and acumen, money management skills are still lacking among students, well beyond college.

The latest survey by EverFi and Higher One found that college freshmen who took a money management course in high school were far more likely to be fiscally responsible than those who did not.

Currently only a handful of states require students to take a financial literacy course in order to graduate, which begs the question, “Are we pooling our resources in the right direction?”

Mary Johnson, Director of Financial Literacy and Student Aid Policy at Higher One said that results demonstrate a serious need for financial education before the student reaches college status.

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Survey Finds Gender Divide on Students' Financial Literacy

April 9, 2014

A new survey has found that male students outperformed their female counterparts on financial literacy aptitude questions but reported behavior that was less financially responsible overall.  The results of the survey of 65,000 first-year students at four-year institutions were released in a report on Tuesday. The report, which was funded by Ever Fi and Higher One, calls for more robust financial literacy education programs.

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