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Adult Resources for College Students and Young Adults

From housing to student loans, college students and young adults have a lot to learn. Give them the tools they need.

Managing Your College Life: Your Money – Your Housing – Your Time Online presentation and related resources that help students better manage and survive their first years of college.

Related Resources

Advice to StudentsMinnesota Attorney General — Materials to support the financial knowledge and well-being of post-secondary students.

Student Loan Legal InformationLawHelpMN.org — Organization helps low-income individuals solve legal problems.

40 Money Management Tips Every College Student Should KnowSmart About Money — This resource helps young people learn how to take control of their money.

Know Your ScoreConsumer Federation — A number that helps lenders and others know likelihood you will repay debts.

66 ways to save moneyConsumer Federation — On transportation, insurance, banking, housing, and more.

Prepare for CollegeMyMoney.gov — Federal government resources to assist students in learning about money management issues including paying for education, student loans, completing FAFSA forms, and budgeting.

Pocket CentsNational Credit Union Administration — This financial literacy website offers personal finance information for youth, teens, adults, seniors, students, educators, and service members in clear, easy-to-understand language and visuals.

HelpWithMyBank.govOffice of the Comptroller of the Currency, United States Department of the Treasury — Website provides answers to hundreds of commonly asked banking questions. While targeted to national bank customers, the site answers many questions common to all banking consumers and provides useful information about contacting regulators of state banks, thrifts, and other financial institutions.

Teens & Money – Talking to teens about moneyConsumer Action — This 24-page booklet is designed primarily for parents but may also be useful for older teens. It covers many topics, including working, budgeting, figuring out if a purchase is a "need" or a "want," banking, writing checks, savings, credit cards, credit reports, driving and cell phones. The booklet contains illustrations and examples of a weekly spending evaluation, a paycheck stub, how comparison shopping can save money and how to write a check. It also contains a list of helpful websites for parents and kids.

Cash CourseNational Endowment for Financial Education — Universities provide students resources to cultivate lifelong positive money management habits.

High School Financial Planning®National Endowment for Financial Education — Award-winning, non-commercial financial education program for high school students.

Jump$tartJump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy — Curriculum enrichment for basic personal financial management skills in K-12 education.

National Council on Economic Education — Nationwide network promoting economic literacy with students and their teachers.

Free Student Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)U.S. Department of Education — Ensures eligible individuals benefit from federal financial assistance for education beyond high school.

MyMoney.gov — This site is dedicated to teaching the basics about financial education. The redesigned, interactive site offers information from 20 federal agencies and bureaus about planning for life events that have financial implications, such as buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or planning for retirement. The site also provides money management tools, including financial calculators and worksheets.

Kansas City Fed: For EducatorsFederal Reserve Bank of Kansas City — Resources for educators to teach economics/personal finance.

Financial FablesFederal Reserve Bank of Kansas City — Entertaining stories that combine economics and personal finance into life lessons that feature "money morals."

Research

College Students' Knowledge and Use of CreditAssociation for Financial Counseling and Planning Education — Study of incoming college freshmen indicated many had credit or had acquired debt.

Teen Financial Knowledge, Self-Efficacy, and Behavior: A Gendered ViewFinancial Counseling and Planning — A social constructionist perspective in the investigation of over 5,000 male and female high school students.

Closing the Gap Between Knowledge and Behavior: Turning Education into ActionNational Endowment for Financial Education — Symposium for educators to explore how to make financial literacy programs more effective.

Credit Practices and Financial Education Needs of Midwest College StudentsSocial Science Research Network — An increasing number of students use credit card debt to finance their education.

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