Financial Wellness and Undergraduate Students

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BU Well, Vol: 1, Issue: 1, Page: 10

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O'Donovan, Kristin N
Finance; Wellness; Undergraduate; Students; Personal Finance; Education; Core Curriculum; Curriculum and Instruction; Finance and Financial Management; Other Mental and Social Health
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Liberal Arts Universities often include a core curriculum with the education provided to students. This core curriculum includes a variety of topics, separate from a student’s major, aimed at delivering a well-rounded education. However, one major topic seems to be missing from the core curriculum of many universities across the country: finance. Not only does this have implications to the financial wellness of undergraduate students, but the overall wellness of students as well. Undergraduate students face an increasingly difficult financial landscape with unique needs, and the financial decisions they make may have repercussions years or decades into their futures. Based on the difficult financial landscape students face and the impact of financial decisions on overall wellness, universities should include financial wellness education in their core curriculum.