Teaching Reading, Writing, and Financial Literacy

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Teaching Reading, Writing, and Financial Literacy


COLLEGE TUITION IS ON THE RISE, and with it, student debt. Between the intense focus on the student lending industry last year and the mortgage industry meltdown this year, the importance of financial literacy is certainly a hot topic.

With efforts ranging from information pamphlets to seminars, a number of higher ed institutions have been helping students to become more financially savvy. At the intensive end of the scale is the Student Money Management Services (SMMS) program launched at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) last July. In 2006 Bowling Green's student body collectively borrowed $129 million to attend the institution, says program director Duane Whitmire.

SMMS was initiated after an editorial published in the student paper last April asked the university to address the issue of financial literacy. Based on a program in place at Texas Tech University for seven years and the University of North Texas for four years, the SMMS office includes a full-time financial educator and six upperclass student assistants, all of whom are there to assist students who need help in identifying financial education needs, developing a plan to meet those needs, creating a personal budget, or a combination of the three. …

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