Mar 18, 2019
Paying for College, Research, Student Loans
Hat tip to Beth Tallman for suggesting this question. Thanks!
Answer: 58% overall
Which school type has the lowest graduation rates? Which school type has the highest graduation rates?
What might explain these large differences in graduation rates?
What has been the trend in graduation rates over the last 3-4 years for the public and private non-profit colleges?
What do you think are the leading reasons that students do not finish college?
What personal traits do you think it...
Mar 12, 2019
Question of the Day, Paying for College, Student Loans, Research
As award letters start flooding student inboxes this month and next, we thought this was an important question for students to know the answer to.
What criteria do colleges use to determine the amount of the discount that a student might receive?
Rather than list a discount percentage on your award letter, colleges provide financial aid and grants to reduce the cost of tuition. Why do you think they rarely use the word "discount" anywhere in their financial aid...
Feb 26, 2019
Paying for College, Parent Conversations, Student Loans
In recognition of Financial Aid Awareness month, here is a collection of recent articles related to Financial Aid that may be relevant for your students, as well as links to tools and sites that might be helpful as well. Financial Aid Awareness month kicked off at NGPF with Tim’s interview podcast with Justin Draeger, CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Admissions (NASFAA) on February 8. You might also want to have your students check out the Students,...
Feb 06, 2019
Question of the Day, Credit Cards, Paying for College, Student Loans, Credit Reports
Credit Card (35.6%)
Student Loan (19.9%)
Retail Credit Card (13.7%)
Why do you think that credit cards tend to be the entry point for establishing credit for so many consumers?
Almost no one in any age group establish their credit for the first time by taking out a mortgage. Why do you think that is true?
How do you think that you will establish credit?
Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your...
Feb 04, 2019
Just One Resource, Interactive, Math, Behavioral Finance, Student Loans, Mortgages, Financial Scams
In this weekly blog post, the Curriculum team will highlight Just One Resource from our NGPF collection that maybe doesn't get the attention it deserves. Use it this week or bookmark it for later.
[The Resource] INTERACTIVE: Shady Sam
The Gist: Students play loan shark in this engaging game where they see loans from the perspective of a lender as they try to maximize their profits.
The Best Parts:
Students decide between three loan options for...
Jan 25, 2019
Financial Literacy, Personal Finance, Student Loans, Career, Parent Conversations
In case you missed this broadcast Tuesday, NPR’s The 1A included a segment on financial literacy education featuring NGPF’s Jessica Endlich, John Pelletier of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, and Laura Levine of Jump$tart.
Here is discussion of the increasing number of states requiring financial education, including a link to the Champlain College Financial Literacy Report Card. (Governing)
Even doctors have a side...
Jan 18, 2019
Personal Finance, Investing, Student Loans, Advocacy, Career
Looks like Financial Literacy is on the minds of state legislatures as they start their new sessions. Florida is the latest to consider a required course. (WPTV)
Here is the most straightforward explanation I have seen as to why using your ApplePay™ (or other version) is the safest way to pay for things, after using cash, that is.(Kobliner)
This may not be news, but still worth mentioning that another survey has found most Americans could not handle a $1000...
Dec 21, 2018
Personal Finance, Investing, Index Funds, Student Loans, Economics
Our holiday reading list is a bit longer than our usual list….it will have to last you two weeks! We hope you have a little down time to dig into some of the longer articles on the list. Enjoy your break and Happy Holidays to all!!!
Experian reportedly will begin including utility payments in the credit score calculation, giving millions of people who only use debit cards a credit history/score. (WSJ)
With all of the changes in the tax laws for 2018, here is a...
Dec 20, 2018
FinCap Fridays, Savings, Credit Cards, Student Loans, Stocks
The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates earlier this week which provided an awesome opportunity for a FinCap Friday focused on that event. How do the decisions of this august body percolate through the economy? Check out this FinCap Friday including Yanely's awesome explainer video to learn more:
Looking for more FinCap Fridays? There's more where this came from! Check out the other seventeen here. ...
Dec 02, 2018
Paying for College, Interactive, Research, Student Loans
Thanks to NGPF Fellow Amanda Volz for passing along this great resource called TuitionTracker.
It's easy for your students and their parents to pick up on the high cost of college. Headlines trumpet colleges that have now crossed the $70,000/year threshold. What is less understood is the fact that on average private colleges are now almost discounting tuition by 50%. Of course, 50% off a $40,000 sticker price is still $20,000/year which is challenging for most of your students. But I digress....
Nov 28, 2018
NGPF Fellows, Student Loans, Paying for College
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Deborah Kerby, of Tobyhanna Elementary Center in Pocono Pines, PA.
During my 17 years teaching high school students, I observed that many considered taking out student loans to pay for college to be an expected part of life. Many of their teachers share this expectation. As an experienced personal finance educator, I believe it is important to show students that they have alternative options to assist them in paying for...
Nov 06, 2018
Question of the Day, Paying for College, Student Loans
Answers will vary
Here's a link to the spreadsheet with the answer for each of the 50 states.
How did you do with your guess? Did you under or over-estimate the average cost?
This question was about tuition and fees. What is another major cost for students going to college?
How does knowing the “correct” answer affect the way you think about college?
This research surveyed 9th graders. Do you think the results would be different if they surveyed 12th graders?...
Oct 24, 2018
Question of the Day, Student Loans, Mortgages, Research, Chart of the Week
Answer: 25-30 Year Old with $50K in student debt
Hat tip to NGPF Fellow Brian Page for sharing this awesome Question of the Day and chart below that he has used successfully in his classroom.
Overall, what has been the trend with all 25-30 year olds buying homes since 2005? What might explain this? [Hint: What happened in 2008-09?]
Why do you think that 25-30 year olds who are current with $50K in student debt buy homes at greater rate than those with no student debt?...
Sep 27, 2018
FinCap Fridays, Paying for College, Student Loans, Question of the Day
In the second part of our two-part FinCap Friday series on colleges, we tackle the cost side of the equation and describe the various ways that families pay for college. Your students will walk away with tools to help them make this process a little less daunting:
New to NGPF's FinCap Friday? It's a fun way to engage your students with current events and includes:
A five question Kahoot!
A 90 second video providing details about the current event and explaining why it matters to students...
Sep 12, 2018
Chart of the Week, Credit Cards, Student Loans, Behavioral Finance
I love this chart from a recent Wall Street Journal article because it captures the state of credit for young people just getting started in building their credit history:
What credit type is most prevalent among 18-22 year olds? 23-29 year olds?
Which type of loan has the highest balance for 18-22 year olds? 23-29 year olds?
At what age do you think you will have the following:
Retail store card
Which type of...