Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EDD)
College of Education
Student loan debt is the most common form of debt in the United States today outside of mortgage debt. The research for this study sought to (1) investigate whether financial literacy programs in the State of Florida have an impact on student debt levels, as well as (2) determine how the responsibility for the provision of financial literacy education was distributed throughout a university community. The research provided for a survey that was sent to 70 institutions in the State of Florida analyzing whether or not these institutions had financial literacy programs in place. A survey was also sent out to a private university in South Florida where the students and staff were invited to share opinions on a former financial literacy program and views on financial literacy in general. Finally, a comprehensive analysis of cohort loan default rates was conducted using publicly available data. There is broad consensus among those who participated in the research that financial literacy has a positive impact upon an institution’s cohort default rate. Literature suggests that cross-campus collaboration is the key to designing a successful financial literacy program. The research indicated a gradual increase in the default rate of the schools participating in the study, yet the change in the default rate as a percentage of the previous year was actually decreasing.
O'Sullivan, Morgan, "An Investigation Measuring the Impact of Financial Literacy Programs on University Student Debt" (2018). Graduate-Level Student Theses, Dissertations, and Portfolios. 327.