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Talking finances with your student

From the 2011 Parent Orientation Newsletter

College students get messages about credit cards, spending, budgeting, and debt from the media, from popular culture, and from their friends. It is important that students also get messages from home to help them make responsible decisions about their finances. Now there’s an online course for parents that includes talking points as well as stories about how students and parents have successfully navigated their finances during college.

The course was created by the University Parent Program along with University of Minnesota Extension, the College of Education and Human Development, and the Department of Family Social Science.

View the course online.


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