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The Times Daily

Alabama among top states in educating students on financial responsibility

October 27, 2015

By Carter Watkins

A recent study has been released which gives Alabama schools an “A” for teaching students about personal finance. Composed by Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy, Alabama is among five states in the 2015 Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools to receive the “A” rating.

UEN Utah Education Network

Utah Tops Financial Literacy Report Card

October 27, 2015

By Associated Press

Utah—the only state in the nation worthy of the Grade A+ The state of Utah should be commended for its efforts. Utah requires that all high school students take a half-year course exclusively dedicated to personal finance topics, and students are required to take an end of-course assessment examination created and administered by the state.

Northwest Public Radio

Washington Got An “F” In Student Financial Literacy – Here’s How They’re Changing The Grade

October 27, 2015

By Courtney Flatt

Many Washington students are graduating high school with little to no idea about how to handle their money. Experts say that could lead students down a path of debt and stress. That’s why some people are trying to teach high school students better ways to deal with personal finances now.

The Times Daily

State gets A for teaching personal finance in high school

October 27, 2015

By Associated Press

The TimesDaily reports according to the 2015 Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools, the state is one of five to receive the grade of A for teaching the course.

Alabama Public Radio

APR News Brief

October 27, 2015

By Alex Aubuchon

The state of Alabama has earned an A in teaching personal finance. The TimesDaily reports according to the 2015 Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools, Alabama is one of only five states to receive the grade of A for teaching the course.

Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama earns an 'A' in teaching personal finance

October 27, 2015

By Associated Press

Alabama has earned an A in teaching personal finance.

Billings Gazette

Report shines light on Wyoming high schools' financial literacy standards

October 26, 2015

By Heather Richards

Wyoming didn’t make the grade in a recent national report on how well high school students are taught to manage their money, but some say the results may not represent what is being done on a local level to prepare young people for their financial futures.

Salt Lake City News.Net

Utah Leads the Nation in Financial Literacy

October 26, 2015

By Governor's Office

Champlain College's Center for Financial Literacy, using national data, has graded all 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) on their efforts to produce financially literate high school graduates. What the grading shows is that we have a long way to go before we are a financially literate nation.

ABC4 Utah

Utah tops financial literacy in high school

October 26, 2015

By Tasmin Mahfuz

The Champlain College's Center for Financial Literacy rated Utah as one of the top states in the country for financial literacy. According to the National Report on State and Financial Literacy, only 5 states, including Utah, earned an "A" for financial literacy while 26 states earned a "C", "D" and "F".

Birmingham Business Journal

Alabama receives one of nation's highest marks for teaching personal finance

October 26, 2015

By Ryan Phillips

The state of Alabama was recently ranked as one of five U.S. states to receive a grade of "A" for teaching personal finance to high school students. Champlain College's Center For Financial Literacy graded each state on a traditional letter scale and the only other four states to match Alabama's perfect score were Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia and Utah.

The Times Daily

Alabama earns an 'A' in teaching personal finance

October 26, 2015

By Lisa Singleton-Rickman

Alabama is one of only five states nationwide that requires a semester-long course, or its equivalent, in personal finance in high school. According to the 2015 Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools, those five states received a grade of “A” for teaching personal finance. Other states receiving an “A” were Missouri, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia. The report card, prepared by Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy, is a bi-yearly evaluation of how the 50 U.S. states and District of Columbia fare in the area of teaching the basic, need-to-know life skills involving finance.

Massachusetts gets an ‘F’ when it comes to teaching financial literacy

October 20, 2015

By Nina Godlewski

High school students in Massachusetts are graduating with next to no lessons on managing their personal finances. Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy used national data to grade each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on how well public schools in those states prep students for handling their money.


Only five states require high school students to take a class about money

October 20, 2015

By Jillian Berman

Most American teens are not learning in high school about the basics of paying bills, building good credit and avoiding debt, even as they’re increasingly relying on student loans to finance their higher education, according to a new financial literacy study.


Teaching about money: How the states rank

October 20, 2015

By John Pelletier

John Pelletier, director of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, talks about how U.S. states rank in teaching financial literacy in high schools. Most American teens are not learning about the basics of personal finance.

Education Week

States Fall Short on Teaching Financial Literacy

October 20, 2015

By Liana Heitin

In its second study of financial literacy education requirements across the states, Champlain College's Center for Financial Literacy gave five states an A grade, with the Beehive State topping that list.

Knowledge Center

Role of State Treasurers Expanded During the Great Recession

October 15, 2015

By Lisa Cleveland

The nation’s state treasurers provide a wide range of financial management services to their constituents. They work to safeguard the financial interests of citizens through the professional management of college savings plans, unclaimed property programs and professional debt management efforts. Many are also actively involved in financial literacy efforts and they regularly offer their input and expertise on financial efforts at the federal level that have the potential to impact state treasuries.


Colleges, Uncle Sam owes student loan borrowers an education

October 6, 2015

By John Pelletier

The media is filled with stories about student loan debt. They often refer to a "student loan bubble" or a "student loan crisis" and the "soaring default rates." They focus on the nearly $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt, an amount that exceeds auto loan and credit card debt. Here's what's missing from those portrayals.

Huffington Post

The 45-Minute Financial Literacy Workout For High School Seniors

October 2, 2015

By John Pelletier

During the last week of school, the students were scheduled to receive a variety of life skills seminars to help them survive in the real world and financial literacy instruction was on the program. "How much time do I have to teach them personal finance?" I asked. "Forty-five minutes" was the response. I decided to accept the challenge. Here is what I told the students.

USA Today

How parents can teach their kids to manage money well at college

September 7, 2015

By Michael Schramm

The need for college students to be financially literate is an often-overlooked but increasingly important task for parents. Many students are misinformed about essential financial facts. Find out more here.

Rutland Herald

High schools adding financial literacy classes

August 17, 2015

By Gareth Henderson

Seven Vermont high schools have a financial literacy graduation requirement, but efforts are underway that could increase that number.

The Daily Progress

Opinion/Letter: Benefits to financial education

July 8, 2015

By Victoria W. Jones

A study by the Council for Economic Education found that one-third of parents are more comfortable talking with their children about smoking, drugs and bullying than money. We can’t rely on parents passing along money skills or being good role models in sound financial decision-making.

Think Advisor

Financial Illiteracy: The Local Solution

June 29, 2015

A Mark Tibergien-funded program provides a solution to the financial literacy issue (and maybe the next generation of advisors)


Invest in yourself to maximize your return on (human) capital

June 24, 2015

By Robert Powell

After you graduate from college, when you’re just starting out in the work world, economists will tell you that you’re rich. Not rich in the sense that you can donate $400 million to your alma mater. But rich in the sense that you’ll be earning, hopefully, lots of money over the course of your career.


Warren Buffett is now the world’s richest cartoon character

June 23, 2015

By Charles Passy

In each episode, Buffett — well, a cartoon Buffett — meets with a group of children and helps them solve a basic money-related problem of one sort or another, be it where to locate a lemonade stand (“Remember, if the people won’t come to your business, bring your business to the people,” Buffett advises) or how to manage spending (“Credit cards can seem like an easy way to buy things, but it’s not a good idea to make a habit of using them”).


Compound Interest: Your Superpower

June 22, 2015

For new college grads, compounding interest is your superpower. At a panel discussion at Champlain College, MarketWatch's Robert Powell talks with finance experts about interest and ways to protect it from inflation.

The Middletown Press

Connecticut House supports foreclosure aid, student education bills

June 7, 2015

According to a press release from state Rep. Matthew Lesser, the state House of Representatives voted in overwhelming support of legislation aimed at increasing financial literacy among Connecticut high school students with a vote of 144-2.

Mountain News

Lessons Graduating Seniors Should Learn

June 4, 2015

An article cites a 2013 study by the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College in Vermont. Its authors gave 11 states, including California, an “F” for having few or no requirements for finance education in high school.

India New England News

Are Schools Failing Students When It Comes To Money Matters?

May 29, 2015

Superintendents at most school districts across the country have failed to include required classes in the core curriculum that would help ensure the teenagers are prepared to handle money wisely after they graduate. The teens’ financial illiteracy could prove costly throughout their lives as they make – or fail to make – decisions about purchasing an automobile, borrowing for college, taking out a mortgage, saving for retirement and racking up credit card debt.

Alabama Media Group

Alabama: Top 10 in football and financial ignorance

May 21, 2015

By Ben Baxter

According to the Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy, our statewide high schools earned an 'F' in teaching and encouraging financial literacy. That's partially because personal finance is not a graduation requirement and is not always available as an elective either.


Marshmallows, mirrors and saving money

May 20, 2015

By Eleanor Blayney

Americans are gripped by the power of now. Waiting for anything is practically un-American. It falls to one profession in particular — financial planning — to preach the gospel of savings and investing for tomorrow, and there is no audience better to hear the message than young adults.


How to start with pennies and retire a millionaire

May 20, 2015

By Robert Powell

If you knew then — when you graduated from college — what you know now, what might you do differently with your money? What advice would you give your younger self? We posed those questions to financial advisers in hopes that newly minted college graduates might benefit from the collective wisdom of those who have gone before them.


Money for life: 3 secrets to financial success

May 20, 2015

By Robert Powell

It won’t take much for you to be successful with your money. But it will require learning three basic financial concepts. Yes, to improve your odds of building a large nest egg for retirement or earning as much money as possible over the course of your lifetime, you’ve got to get a handle on compound interest, inflation, and risk diversification.

Albuquerque Business First

New Mexico ranks middle of the road for financial literacy

May 19, 2015

By Sal Christ

According to a new ranking by, New Mexico ranks 24th in the nation for its level of financial literacy — neither the best nor the worst nationwide.

Legislative Wrap: Economic development push lasts from first to last day of session

May 18, 2015

By Erin Mansfield

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott declared economic development as “priority one, day one,” before going on a listening tour of Vermont to hear grassroots ideas that he shared with the Legislature and the public.


Delaying Gratification: It Pays To Wait

May 15, 2015

Every consumer purchase represents a tradeoff: You buy something now at the expense of saving for the future. MarketWatch Senior Editor Robert Powell talks with experts about delaying gratification at an event at Champlain College in Vermont.

Loaded up with new consumer protection proposals, rent-to-own regulation bill heads back to Senate

May 10, 2015

By Erin Mansfield

The House passed the consumer protection bill in a voice vote Friday morning. The bill started in the Senate as a bipartisan effort to regulate rent-to-own companies like Aaron’s and Rent-A-Center that sell furniture to people with bad credit or no credit.

Hawaii Public Radio

Bringing Financial Literacy Into The Classroom

May 6, 2015

By Molly Solomon

Hawaii is one of the worst states when it comes to preparing its high school students for financial literacy. A study done by The Center for Financial Literacy gave Hawai‘i an “F,” along with 10 other states. HPR’s Molly Solomon looks at some steps being taken to raise that grade.


10 Dumbest States for Educating Your Kids Before College

April 25, 2015

With education being an essential step on the path to financial security, would you want to live in a state where your kids couldn't get the best education? For the vast majority in the U.S., the quality of schools are a major factor in deciding where to live.

Stowe Reporter

Stowe resident honored

April 16, 2015

John Pelletier of Stowe, director of the Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy, has been selected as the state’s 2015 Financial Literacy Champion.

The Branford Seven

State Senator Kennedy: Students Must Learn Financial Literacy

April 14, 2015

In 2013, Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy gave Connecticut an “F” in its assessment of financial literacy for high school students across the country. This grade was given to Connecticut because it is one of only five states with no requirements for financial literacy.


Champlain College educator receives top honors

April 9, 2015

Top honors for a Vermont educator. John Pelletier from Champlain College has been awarded the 2015 Financial Literacy Champion by the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition. Pelletier is credited with creating the school's Center for Financial Literacy, a first in the state. April is Financial Literacy Month in Vermont.


House panel weighs financial literacy commission

April 8, 2015

By Erin Mansfield

A group of state leaders wants to create a financial literacy commission that would make policy recommendations on issues related to Vermonters’ fiscal well-being.

Wallet Hub

2015’s The Most & Least Financially Literate States in America

By John S Kiernan

John Pelletier, Director of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College weighs in on how to foster financial literacy in the United States.

Vermont Public Radio

$10,000 Credit Debt? You're Not The Only One

January 29, 2015

By Jane Lindholm and Patti Daniels

Personal finance experts have cautioned us for years that credit card debt is a financial trap. But Vermonters have an average of $9,667 in credit card debt, according to the Vermont Financial Literacy Task Force, and that's better than the national statistics.

New Haven Register

CONNECTICUT MONEY: Connecticut gets “F” in financial literacy

January 10, 2015

Connecticut received failing grades in two separate nationwide studies recently. The state received an “F” in the “2013 National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools” by the Center for Financial Literacy in Vermont.

The Middletown Press

CONNECTICUT MONEY: Connecticut gets “F” in financial literacy

January 10, 2015

Connecticut received failing grades in two separate nationwide studies recently. The state received an “F” in the “2013 National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools” by the Center for Financial Literacy in Vermont.

Valley News

Editorial: Money Smarts in Vermont

January 4, 2015

A report issued last month by the Vermont Financial Literacy Task Force concluded that far too many Vermonters of all ages lack the knowledge and skills they need to successfully manage their personal finances

Vermont Public Radio

Young Vermonters Need Financial Training, Task Force Says

By Steve Zind

January 2, 2015

According to the Financial Literacy Task Force at Champlain College, more than two-thirds of Vermont’s high school graduates aren’t financially literate. Yet, they report, young people face key decisions about money more than ever.

Mountain Times

Boost financial literacy for all, task force recommends

By Elizabeth Hewitt

December 31, 2014

One year after the state received a ‘D’ on a national report card on financial literacy in high schools, the 20-member Vermont Financial Literacy Task Force called on lawmakers to create a commission on personal finance in an effort to bolster the state’s overall economy.

Valley News

Task Force: Improve Vt.’s Financial Literacy

By Elizabeth Hewitt

December 30, 2014

State Treasurer Beth Pearce emphasized the importance of developing a long-term strategy for improving financial literacy among Vermonters. With several initiatives already in place to help Vermonters look out for their personal economics, Pearce is eager to work with the task force on further steps.

Brattleboro Reformer

Financial literacy task force submits action plan

By Chris Mays

December 29, 2014

"Our whole goal is to have people build financial assets, using that as a significant piece of economic development in the state," said task force chairman and Windham Foundation president Bob Allen. "If people build assets, they're better able to handle their finances and have better purchasing power."

Financial literacy task force releases action plan to get Vermonters out of financial funk

December 23, 2014

Vermont's Financial Literacy Task Force has released a report, "Vermont's Financial Literacy Action Plan," with recommendations aimed at strengthening Vermonters' financial futures.

Times Argus

Group pushes more financial education in schools

December 22, 2014

A group of educators and other interested parties is calling for steps to help Vermonters better manage their money. The Vermont Financial Literacy Task Force released a report last week offering an array of recommendations to better teach people to improve their “money smarts.”


New plan to help Vermonters better understand personal finances

By Shelby Cashman

December 22, 2014

The group says K-12 schools should create personal finance courses. Teacher training and establishing financial literacy grants are also recommended. The task force says right now just seven Vermont schools require financial literacy.

Vermont Business Magazine

Financial literacy task force releases action plan to get Vermonters out of financial funk

December 21, 2014

“When it comes to ‘money smarts,’ far too many Vermonters aren’t making the grade,” said Bob Allen, Windham Foundation president/CEO and task force chairman. “We have the opportunity to help lift our friends and neighbors out of financial turmoil. The time to take action is now.”

World News Report

Task force: Boost financial literacy for all Vermonters

December 20, 2014

Linda Tarr-Whalen, chair of k-12 Task Force Committee spoke as officials released the report of the Vermont Financial Literacy Task Force on Thursday at Champlain College.


Boost Financial Literacy for All, Task Force Recommends

By Elizabeth Hewitt

December 19, 2014

One year after the state received a D on a national report card on financial literacy in high schools, the 20-member Vermont Financial Literacy Task Force called on lawmakers to create a commission on personal finance in an effort to bolster the state’s overall economy.

Regional Educational Television Network

Vermont's Financial Literacy Action Plan

December 18, 2014

The Financial Literacy Task Force, assembled by John Pelletier, director of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, reports on its recommendations to improve the "money smarts" of Vermonters, from K-12 students to secondary education to working adults.

VSAC Newsline

Financial Literacy Task Force Releases Action Plan To Get Vermonters Out Of Financial Funk

December 18, 2014

Vermont’s Financial Literacy Task Force released a report, “Vermont’s Financial Literacy Action Plan,” with recommendations aimed at strengthening Vermonters’ financial futures. The group has developed 13 actionable solutions that will lead to an increase in the financial wellbeing of citizens across the state.


Vt. students learn to finance their future

By Kristin Kelly

December 12, 2014

U-32 Juniors and seniors are taking a course in financial literacy. The students are here because financial literacy is a required class. U-32 is one of the few schools in the state to require a course in how money works.

Newport This Week

Local Schools Prioritize Financial Literacy

By Tom Walsh

December 11, 2014

Although Rhode Island ranks near the bottom of states in delivering financial literacy instruction to students in grades K-12, both Rogers High School and Middletown High School include it as part of high school mathematics classes. At Rogers, students are offered a full-year consumer math course in partnership with BankNewport.

Vermont Public Radio

Why Aren't Vermont Millennials Buying Homes?

By Taylor Dobbs

November 19, 2014

Vermonters in the millennial generation are often seen as a success story in a state that has struggled to attract and retain young people. But cultural and economic trends mean millennials in the state are still falling short on the housing market.

The Des Moines Register

Branstad: Financial literacy won't be unfunded mandate

By William Petroski

September 15, 2014

Gov. Terry Branstad announced recommendations from the Financial Literacy Work Team Report created by a 13 person committee convened in January by the Iowa Department of Education Director.

Burlington Free Press

Creative Corner: Vermonters falling short in financial literacy

By John Pelletier

May 15, 2014

Vermont high-school seniors are failing personal-finance tests. In a national financial literacy report card, Champlain College's Center for Financial Literacy (CFL) gave Vermont high schools a D for not requiring financial literacy education.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Striving for greater personal financial capability

By Mary C. Suiter

April 30, 2014

With college graduates facing a challenging employment landscape, rapidly increasing student debt and an aging generation to help support in the years to come, it is perhaps more important than ever for young Americans to understand how to manage their personal finances.

Dayton Business Journal

Ohio receives ‘B’ for student financial literacy

April 25, 2014

The Buckeye State is doing an above-average job when it comes to getting kids to understand personal finance. That’s the finding from Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy, which has given Ohio a B on its report card for personal finance education.

Go Banking Rates

San Diego Works to Boost California’s Flagging Financial Literacy

By David Dorion

April 25, 2014

The Golden State received an abysmal “F” grade from Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy, which evaluated each state on its ability to produce financially literate high school graduates. A separate evaluation of California’s financial literacy by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority found similarly discouraging trends.

Wallet Hub

The Most & Least Financially Literate States in America

By John S Kiernan

WalletHub sought to discover which areas of the country are taking the necessary measures to foster a financially prosperous future by analyzing financial education programs and consumer habits in each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, using 12 key metrics ranging from Champlain University’s High School Financial Literacy Grades to the percentage of residents with a rainy day fund.

Dallas Business Journal

Texas earns a grade of B for student financial literacy

By Korri Kezar

Apr 22, 2014

Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy has given Texas a B on its report card for personal finance education. Texas’ B, indicates that the state requires personal finance topics to be taught in high school math courses.


If You Live In One Of These 11 States You May Be Flunking Finance

By Jean Folger

April 18, 2014

A report from The Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College found that just 40% of states earned an A or B grade for producing the most financially literate high-school students.  Look at the break-down of which states failed.


How Can Young Vermonters Become More Financially Savvy?

By Jane Lindholm & Sage Van Wing

April 7, 2014

Financial literacy is a required topic in Vermont's educational standards, but many young people still feel under-prepared for managing their own money, figuring out financial aid and saving for retirement.

Huffington Post

Let's Help Young People Save for Retirement

By John Pelletier

March 26, 2014

Our retirement system doesn't work very well for many young employees in our country, largely because too many young workers do not have access to a simple payroll-deducted retirement plan.

American Banker

More Bankers Must Embrace Financial Literacy Initiatives

By Robert T. Taylor

January 29, 2014

The Louisiana Bankers Education Council and the nonprofit Louisiana Bankers Education Foundation work together to promote financial literacy throughout their state.

Burlington Free Press

Panel pitches plans to 'change the story' for women

By Terri Hallenbeck

December 3, 2013

Inequality between men and women leads to the recommendation that financial literacy be taught in high schools as well as addressing bullying among girls.

Building Prosperity, One Girl at a Time

By Hilary Niles

December 3, 2013

High school senior Annalee Beaulieu addressed Gov. Peter Shumlin and other policy makers concerning the still present inequality between men and women. It was recommended that they should start with the promotion of financial literacy education in high school curricula.

My Finance Magazine

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

By John Pelletier

November 21, 2013

John Pelletier urges parents to make saving a habit in their kids. Having that discipline will help them as adults to prepare for a rainy day and retirement.

Market Watch

Teach your children (to save) well

By John Pelletier

November 1, 2013

Do your part as a parent to help your child develop financial skills necessary for them to save for their future.

CPAs Go 'Back to Class' for Ohio Students

By Deanna C. White

September 30, 2013

CPAs in Ohio plan to help fifth and sixth graders learn about personal finance through a board game called FETCH!.  This game helps young students begin to develop skills such as balancing a checkbook and saving for emergencies.

Highlands Today

High school students will have to learn A,B,Cs of personal finance to graduate

By Pallavi Agarwal

September 13, 2013

The Highlands County School District, in Florida, is implementing a new program requiring high school seniors to take a personal finance before graduating.


Money Fix: Advice for College Freshmen

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

September 8, 2013

Advice for college freshman, on the dangers credit and suggestions about personal finance.

MSN Money

Why high school kids are financially illiterate

By David Koeppel

July 30, 2013

A report out this month finds most states doing a poor or mediocre job in imparting key financial skills to students.

My Finance Magazine

How Can Our Kids Become Money Smart?

By John Pelletier

July 3, 2013

John Pelletier suggests that we could prevent another economic crisis through the teaching of personal finance in our education system.

Financial Literacy 101: What a Required College Course Should Cover

March 27, 2013

Recent polls suggest that there is a high need for financial literacy courses in college curriculum.

Chicago Tribune

Earlier is better when learning about money

March 1, 2013

Financial literacy is important for making smart decisions about money. But increasingly, research shows the earlier you start learning the topic - preferably before you graduate high school - the better.

Rutland Herald

Financial Literacy Program Begins

By Anders Ax

February 18, 2013

As part of a new financial education initiative managed by Champlain College's Center for Financial Literacy, three Vermont high schools will participate in two years of financial literacy education.

President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability

Final Report

January 29, 2013

Champlain College listed among the Advisory Council on Financial Capability for U.S. President Barack Obama.

TIME: Business & Money

How Fining Bad Banks Can Fix Our Biggest Money Problems

By Dan Kadlec

November 16, 2012

Individuals don't understand as much as they should about personal finance. That's why we have government-supported financial education initiatives throughout the world, from Australia to the U.S. The hope is that one day more financially literate populations will help avoid future financial crises.

Times Argus

Inc.: U-32 students aim to make a go of business

November 8, 2012

The 20 students in George Cook's "Inc." class at U-32 High School are taking part in a project-based learning opportunity that Principal Keith Gerritt says "is something they can use to be economically viable citizens of not only this country, but the world."

WAMC Northeast Public Radio

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1155

By Bob Barrett

November 7, 2012

We hear a lot about the amount of debt many students take on while attending college. But how many of those schools are making sure those students know how to deal with that debt...or even understand it once they graduation? Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll hear about one northeast school that now mandates courses in financial literacy for all their students.

New Champlain College program takes new approach to helping high schoolers learn the do's and don'ts of money and credit

June 6, 2012

The majority of this spring's high school graduates are not ready to take on the world financially. Many of these teenagers lack the skills and knowledge that they need to successfully navigate today's complex financial world.

Champlain College's Financial Literacy Efforts Highlighted In White House Study Aimed at Empowering Citizens

May 23, 2012

Champlain College's efforts to increase the financial capabilities of college students and develop additional training opportunities for K-12 teacher training has earned notice in a new report and guide issued by The White House entitled, "Every American Financially Empowered: A Guide to Increasing Financial Capability among Students, Workers, and Residents in Communities."

Champlain College Center of Financial Literacy Recognized in iGrad Compendium

May 4, 2012

iGrad, a college graduate digital resource for money, jobs, career and internships, recognized Champlain College as one of 24 of the most innovative financial literacy programs at colleges today in its "2012 Financial Literacy Compendium."

College Graduates, You Need to Start Saving Now

April 21, 2012

The majority of this spring's college graduates aren't ready to take on the world financially. Two-thirds of students will graduate with debt that averages $25,250 in student loans and more than $4,000 in credit-card debt, according to the Project on Student Debt.

Frame your goals when picturing retirement

April 27, 2012

Saving for retirement when you're in your 20s requires some imagination. You have to imagine yourself in old age, needing the money that you put aside today. You have to imagine the size of your nest egg, a formidable amount. And you have to imagine balancing this need with other important financial goals, such as paying off student debt and buying a first home.

First Job? 6 Critical Steps to Long-Term Security

April 5, 2012

The Class of 2012 may be surprised to hear that they need to start saving...right now. Here are 6 ways to make saving for retirement both painless and bulletproof.

Vermont Launches Personal Finance Literacy Pilot Program with Goal of Creating a National Model for Education

April 4, 2012

A new program to study the effectiveness of financial literacy education in Vermont high schools was launched today. The pilot program is the result of a partnership between state government entities, non-profit corporations and financial institutions. The new program will be managed by Champlain College's Center for Financial Literacy.

CHS Wins $22,500 Grant for Financial Education!

April 2, 2012

We are thrilled to announce that a $22,500 Discover Pathway to Financial Success grant has been awarded to Colchester High School to further develop and implement financial literacy education into our students' curricular offerings!

Rich Kid, Poor Kid: How do parents teach their kids about money, income and inequality?

April 1, 2012

In these troubled financial times, discussions of wealth and economic inequality are sure to come up. Children are perceptive, and from an early age, they notice differences among their peers, including socio-economic ones.

Berkeley Blazing Trails to Beat Car Costs

March 19, 2012

While UC Berkeley graduate student Katie DeWitt studies, a total stranger could be taking her Prius on a Target run.

The Haas School of Business student is renting out her personal vehicle through Wheelz, a peer-to-peer car-sharing company that connects car owners to renters.