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Financial literacy is one of the most important, if not the most important topic students need to prepare them for their future. This should be obvious, yet it still does not have a permanent place in the curriculum. Many financial literacy organizations, such as the Council for Economic Education, National Jump$tart Coalition, and Next Gen Personal Finance, are making great progress to get financial education in schools throughout the United States. However, there are many young adults that have missed the window of opportunity to obtain financial education in school. The beginning of this paper will address the current state of financial education and evaluate the progress of getting personal finance into the curriculum. The remainder of the paper will provide an overview on the basics of financial literacy from a college student’s perspective. My goal is that the information provided can be used by young adults like myself who might have missed out on a quality education in personal finance in order to build a more financially secure life.


Accounting and Finance

Thesis Comittee

Dr. Margaret Brooks, Thesis Advisor

Dr. Mark D. Crowley, Committee Member

Prof. Joseph M. D’Adamo, Committee Member

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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.