What Do Students Need to Know?

    In addition to understanding how to manage debt, U.S. college and graduate students need a well-rounded financial education to understand all of their options for financing their education and paving their pathways to their chosen careers. Students who manage debt wisely and have a broad understanding of the financial issues they are likely to face as students and graduates from American higher education are best positioned to pursue their dreams in industry, academe, the non-profit and service sectors, or the arts.


    The following presentation presents a brief, though by no means comprehensive, overview of the issues students typically face, and the skills they will need to make healthy choices as students and graduates of U.S. undergraduate and graduate programs.


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