Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 699–714 | Cite as

Financial Behaviors and Financial Well-Being of College Students: Evidence from a National Survey

Original Paper


The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between financial behaviors and financial well-being of college students when controlling demographic and financial characteristics, financial education and financial dispositions. Data (N = 15,797) was collected from college students age 18 and over via an online survey from 15 college campuses throughout the United States during spring and fall of 2008. Results of means comparisons showed significant differences on the financial well-being level by various socioeconomic factors and financial behaviors. In addition, regression analysis showed that budgeting, saving, risky credit card behaviors, and compulsive buying were significantly related to financial well-being when controlling for demographic information, financial characteristics, financial education, and financial dispositions.


College students Financial behavior Financial dispositions Financial education Financial well-being 



This study is made possible by a generous Grant from the National Endowment for Financial Education.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family, Youth and Community SciencesUniversity of Florida/IFASGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Family and Consumer ScienceHacettepe UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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