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K-State Today

May 14, 2014

Britt contributes to national student financial literacy report

Submitted by Jane P. Marshall

A new report summarizing proactive steps universities are taking to provide financial literacy services to their students offers resources for college officials hoping to start or enhance programs across the nation. 

Two of the five contributors to the report, released by the Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations, or COHEAO, are Sonya Britt, assistant professor and director of the personal financial planning program in the College of Human Ecology, and Dottie Durband, professor of personal financial planning and chair of the community, family and addiction services department in the College of Human Services at Texas Tech University. Durband moves to K-State to direct the School of Family Studies and Human Services in July.

The report reviews numerous financial literacy programs — classroom-based programs, online programs, gaming-based programs, individual counseling and event-based programs. The paper also addresses a key aspect of developing an effective higher education financial literacy initiative: acceptance on campus.