Monday, May 11, 2015

REPOST: College Students Fail When It Comes to Financial Literacy

When it comes to investing, time is both your best friend and worst enemy. Hence, it is best to start young. Problem is, most young adults have little to no knowledge about financial literacy. Read the article below to know why many college students fail at managing their finances:

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — If learning how to save and master financial literacy is something people should learn young — the future may be bleak.

A new study looking at what first-year college students know about finances shows most can only answer about a third of general financial questions correctly. The questions — ranging from topics like the right amount of money to set aside in case of a financial emergency, to how long a late payment remains on your credit history — were part of the “Money Matters on Campus” survey sponsored by education finance site Higher One and education technology site EverFi.

“The results of the survey are disappointing, but not unexpected,” said Tom Arnold, professor of finance at the University of Richmond. “Most money habits come from experience and example. Incoming freshman are not very experienced and have more than likely relied on their parents for financial guidance and financial support."

“Consequently, prior to college, many students do not have to budget their money nor be concerned about paying off debt,” he added.

While not knowing the correct answers to questions is one thing, actual risky financial behaviors are much worse. The research showed 12% of first-year students at four-year schools do not check their account balances because they are “too nervous,” and only 39% use a budget. The study also found while students were more financially literate if they took financial literacy courses in high school, those that had checking accounts were even more so. Also, students attending two-year schools proved to be slightly more knowledgeable — possibly because they may have a higher degree of personal financial knowledge due to their “age, financial experience and general lifestyle differences,” the study suggested.

Investment experts like Tony Amaradio think of financial literacy as a right of everyone, regardless of social class, gender, or age. Subscribe to this blog to know how you can improve your financial status.


  1. Financial knowledge should be acquired at an early age. It will teach them how to form good habits that will help them when they reach college.

  2. I think parents play a big role in giving knowledge to their children about financial literacy. It is a crucial life skill parents must pass on to their children.

  3. I wish someone guided and told me the importance of financial literacy when I was still young. Good thing, it is never too late for me to learn.

  4. The need to educate youth about money is simply greater than ever.