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In 2015, 55% of students reported having no exposure to financial education.

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72% of students with student loans reported that they are unsatisfied with their financial situation compared to 46% of students without loans.

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Student loan debt will reach $2 trillion by 2022.


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As of 2015, over 50% of outstanding student loans were in default, delinquency, or deferral.


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The majority of graduate students at both the doctoral and master’s degree levels reported financial stress and dissatisfaction with their financial situation.

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Students with graduate deb at both masterís and doctoral levels were more likely to express stress regarding their financial circumstances than their peers without student debt.

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While graduate students struggle with a variety of common financial issues, different subgroups identify with different issues as their primary concerns. Understanding where graduate students struggle most can help inform outreach efforts, resources, and communications to students who may benefit from financial education.

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Understanding the sources of graduate student financial struggles, understanding what topics are of greatest interest, ad how these interest differ by subgroup, can help inform the development of financial education programs.

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Graduate students from diverse backgrounds expressed a strong interest in having access to financial education information that is more specifically tailored to their needs.

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When asked specifically about what sources students turn to for information about debt management, the top three sources included: the internet, parents/family, and financial aid offices at their university.

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GradSense is a unique online education platform that provides tools to help students plan for their financial future.

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Financial Education monograph

Enhancing Student Financial Education fact sheet

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