College Students Could Use A Course In Personal Finances
May 29, 2001
To judge by their tendency to accumulate debt, many college students could use a course such as "Credit Cards and Financial Responsibility 101." Tens of thousands of students are overwhelmed by ballooning credit-card debt -- and an alarming number are now filing for personal bankruptcy.
- Bankruptcy filings by those 25 and younger rose 51 percent during the 1990s, according to Harvard University's Elizabeth Warren.
- The number leapt from 60,180 in 1991 to 118,000 by 1999.
- Persons 25 years and younger now account for 7 percent of the nation's bankruptcy filings.
- Some 95 percent of college students and 32 percent of high schoolers held credit cards in 2000.
In 2000, the typical student's credit card balance stood at $2,748 -- a 46 percent increase just since 1998.
Ten percent of students with credit cards owe more than $7,000 and 25 percent owe more than $3,000.
Source: Charles Hadda, Ushma Patel and Nichole St. Pierre, "Congratulations Grads -- You're Bankrupt," Business Week, May 21, 2001.
Browse more articles on Government Issues