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Financial literacy consists of the ability to interpret various financial issues, many of which pertain to matters involving personal finance. The world of loans, interest, investing, and insurance is one that is difficult to navigate but essential to understand when taking control of one's own finances. This guide consists of many resources for students to learn more about the subject and several online tools for calculating various financial items.
Kansas Degree Statistics Tool
This will allow you to see what costs, average scholarship awards, and loan debt you can expect at any state institution. Then it will compare to what your expected earning would be with a degree.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
We are the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly.
Reseach and Articles To Help you Understand
"Lack of Financial Literacy Complicates Student-Aid Process, Report Says" This link opens in a new window
From the Chronicle of Higher Education, this article deals with financial literacy as it pertains to students and the necessity of teaching it to give a more accurate picture of total college costs so that students can prepare to pay for their education.
Young Adult's Financial Capability This link opens in a new window
From the University of Arizona, this report explores how young adults become financially literate and factors influencing that development.
Financial Literacy in Higher Education This link opens in a new window
Money Matters on Campus is a new report detailing the findings from a survey of 40,000 first-year college students from across the U.S. and demonstrating to colleges and universities how student financial problems impact not only individual student outcomes but also the institutional mission.
What Is Financial Literacy? This link opens in a new window
From PBS, a series of articles, videos, and tools that explain some of the principal issues relating to financial literacy. Particular attention is given to stories of financial distress and how these situations were resolved.
Cash Course This link opens in a new window
This resource is provided by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). CashCourse.org serves as a great resource for students as it speaks to many of the common financial pitfalls they may be encountering during their college years.
Money and Credit This link opens in a new window
This site from the Federal Trade Commission provides information about Shopping & Saving, Buying & Owning a Car, Credit & Loans, Dealing with Debt, and Resolving Consumer Problems.
SALT This link opens in a new window
A free, nonprofit-backed resource that makes it simple for you to take control of your finances and student loans.
College Economics This link opens in a new window
From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, this site provides information about the basics of economics, personal finance, investing, credit, financial forms, interactive games for financial literacy, lessons for teachers and students, and more.
"Debt Costs Consume Growing Part of U.S. Higher-Ed Dollar, Report Asserts" This link opens in a new window
From the Chronicle of Higher Education, a report on the growing cost of debt in academic institutions.
"Borrowing Against the Future: The Hidden Costs of Financing U.S. Higher Education" This link opens in a new window
Estimates the total cost to the American higher education system of reliance on capital from various third party lending markets.
Simple Dollar This link opens in a new window
The Simple Dollar is a place where anyone can come to acquire financial information on finding the best products and services, saving money, making smart investments, and controlling personal finances. Think of the The Simple Dollar as a personal finance platform you can use to make better financial decisions and grow your bank account.