College Finance 101: Learning Money Management in the Classroom

College student studying using notebooks and a computer
College student studying using notebooks and a computer

Higher education has become nearly synonymous with debt. Students will leave school with an education, obviously, but also with a mountain of bills to pay. It's a story that's been told in an endless number of ways. But debt isn't the only thing looming for students after graduation. What about finding benefits? What about planning a budget? It can be a daunting task to even think about the financial responsibilities that come along with life after college.

To remedy any financial fears of its students, Bentley University is planning on teaching its students how to manage their money. All of the students. According to a press release from the college (via Reuters), the school's First Year Seminar course, a mandatory class for incoming freshmen, will include an entire section about personal finance. The course will also introduce students to financialfootprint.com, a new personal finance guidance service that was co-founded by Bentley alum Dave Kittredge. The service offers students (and parents) tools to help understand personal finance, as well as advice from real people.