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financial literacy key to retention and default prevention fall 2012 ncasfaa conference

Financial Literacy: Key to Retention and Default PreventionFall 2012NCASFAA Conference

what is financial literacy why is it important
What Is Financial Literacy? Why Is It Important?

The ability of individuals to make appropriate decisions in managing their personal finances effectively

Financial Literacy is critical for a healthy, sustainable economy and culture

Understanding financial responsibilities and managing money can have a positive impact on repaying education loans!!

financial literacy or illiteracy statistics
Financial Literacy – or Illiteracy Statistics
  • High School students’ survey administered to 6,856 12th graders (Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, 2008)
  • The majority of high school students were unable to answer basic financial questions regarding credit, savings, interest, and insurance.
    • Correctly answered 48.3% of the questions
    • Lowest score since 1997
    • Highest score ever was 57% - still considered failing - in 1997
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Financial Literacy – or Illiteracy Statistics
    • College students’ survey administered to 1,030 full-time students (Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, 2008)
  • Correctly answered 62% of the questions
  • College freshman correctly answered 59% of the questions
  • College seniors correctly answered 65% of the questions
sample survey question jump tart coalition
Sample survey question – Jump$tart Coalition

Sara and Josh just had a baby. They received money as baby gifts and want to put it away for the baby’s education. Which of the following tends to have the highest growth over periods of time as long as 18 years?

A checking account


A U.S. Government savings bond

A savings account

B. Only 16.8% of high school students and 19.2% of college students feel stocks are likely to have a higher return than all other choices…over an 18 year period.

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Sample survey question – Jump$tart Coalition

Many young people receive health insurance benefits through their parents. Which of the following statements is true about health insurance coverage?

You are covered by your parents’ plan until you marry

If your parents become unemployed, your insurance coverage may stop

Young people don’t need insurance b/c they are healthy

You continue to be covered by your parents’ plan as long as you live at home, no matter your age

B. Only about 40% of high school students got it right. What’s scarier is that 33% answered “D”. 70% of college students answered correctly.

financial literacy statistics postsecondary
Financial Literacy Statistics – Postsecondary
  • The top five stressors for currently enrolled college students are:

- the need to repay loans

- the cost of education

- borrowing money for college

- the need to find a job after school

- the academic challenge of course work

      • (Inceptia- Financial Stress: An Everyday Reality for College Students 2012)
more statistics
More Statistics...
  • 1st year students more stressed than the average college student when it came to Cost of Education and Cost of Living
  • Overall, one third (34 percent) of respondents said financial stressors have had a negative impact on their academic performance or progress
  • Another 20 percent report they have had to reduce their course load due to these same stressors
      • (Inceptia - Financial Stress: An Everyday Reality for College Students 2012)
financial literacy resources and tools
Financial Literacy Resources And Tools

NEFE Tools

America’s Promise Alliance

Federal Government Resources

Mapping Your Future Tools

Cash Course

Other Resources

Get Financially Fit!

CFNC Resources

national endowment for financial education nefe
National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)
  • Educate high school students about money management and financial planning
  • Help teens develop positive behaviors
  • Curriculum materials
  • Sponsors Include
    • Cooperative State Research, Education & Extension Service
    • USDA
    • Credit Union National Association, Inc.
    • America’s Credit Unions
america s promise alliance
America’s Promise Alliance
  • Teach middle school and high school students about financial responsibility
  • Set of curriculum materials
  • Founded in 1997
    • General Colin Powell is the Chairman
    • Partnership of over 400 organizations
federal government resources
Federal Government Resources
  • U. S. Treasury
    • National Financial Capability Challenge (annual)
    • Educator’s Toolkit
mapping your future
Mapping Your Future
  • Budget Tools
  • Calculators
  • Show Me the Future Game

- geared for younger students

  • Entrance and Exit Counseling
cash course
Cash Course

Financial education resources for colleges

Sponsored by NEFE

other financial literacy resources
Other Financial Literacy Resources
get financially fit
Get Financially Fit!
  • “How-to” Financial Education Toolkit – to develop a financial literacy program on college campuses
  • Funding for this project provided by:
    • American Council on Consumer Interests
    • Federal Reserve Bank of New York
    • Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education
    • Direct Selling Education Foundation
did you know
Did You Know…
  • Americans are more in debt today than any other time in history
  • Average college graduate has nearly $25,000 in student loan debt
  • The average student graduates with a credit card debt of around $4,000
  • 1 in 3 students graduate with $10,000 or more in credit card debt
how did you do
How did you do?

If you chose mostly:

  • A answers –

You put off making money decisions.

  • B answers –

You like to see your money make money.

  • C answers –

You enjoy spending and think little about how to pay for your purchases

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How did you do?
  • D answers –

You care about others who have less than you do, and you often feel guilty about having more than they do.

  • E answers –

You like to save every penny. You do not enjoy spending money.

financial literacy education components
Financial Literacy Education Components
  • What is financial health?
  • Budget tools
  • Calculators – savings, credit card debt, loan repayment
  • Using credit responsibly
  • Borrowing to finance an education
  • Setting financial goals
  • Information about financial institutions, identity theft, etc.
  • Assessment tool
financial literacy scholarship decision partners
Financial Literacy Scholarship – Decision Partners

A $500 scholarship awarded randomly to two students per year who complete the Financial Literacy 101 or AMM course at

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Contest begins on July 1st of each year
  • Deadline is June 30th of each year
  • Be a NC resident
  • Be accepted for enrollment or currently be a student at accredited college or university
  • Complete FL 101 or AMM course at with a 80% or higher score
financial literacy elementary students
Financial Literacy – Elementary Students



Money Grows

Spend or Save

financial literacy
Financial Literacy

Online, interactive course

Multi-media or text

Tools to help you make wise money management decisions


Fact sheets

budgeting 101
Budgeting 101

Identify income

Identify expenses

Remember the different types of expenses




Pay Yourself First!

Funds transfer to a savings account

Payroll deduction

Internet transfer

Envelope method

credit cards the good the bad and the ugly
Credit Cards - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

When it is appropriate to use credit (for example, an emergency)

What happens if you only make the minimum payment or run up the balance

What happens if you fail to make payments

Credit Card Calculator

credit report basics
Credit Report Basics

Know what’s on your credit report!

You should check it at least ONCE per year!

What creditors are looking for:

-On time payments

-Your mortgage payments

-Available credit on your credit cards

-Total debt outstanding

Missing even one credit card payment can knock your score down 50-100 points.

set your financial goals
Set Your Financial Goals

Write your goals down!


Online quiz

Questions asked after certain topics

Certificate of completion

view student level detail
View Student-Level Detail

Student name

Login date

Year in school

Percent of material covered

Percent of correct answers

Completion code

financial literacy reports
Financial Literacy Reports
  • Pre-Course Survey
  • Post-Course Survey
  • Quiz Reports
  • Export Usage Data
on your campus
On Your Campus
  • Consider using a combination of several programs
    • Some students respond best “in person”
    • Some prefer working at their own pace on-line
  • Integrate financial literacy education into your debt management plan
  • Your current financial literacy education activities?
  • Your future financial literacy education plans?