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Center Mission and Objectives

The mission of the Center is to address social, economic, and educational inequity by providing training about personal finance; analyzing the economics of education, especially postsecondary education; and conducting original research related to personal finance and the economics of education. Our chief goal is to promote social mobility through personal finance and educational attainment. Specific objectives include:

  • Enhancing the knowledge and skills of personal finance for K-12 educators, college students, college administrators, and working adults;
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative research on topics pertaining to higher education finance and affordability;
  • Facilitating workshops for employees in higher education on the topic of personal finance;
  • Hosting an annual conference on personal finance and financial wellness for higher education administrators who work with college students;
  • Explicitly connecting research to practice by using empirically-supported evidence to shape Center-developed initiatives.

Our Projects

The Affordability and Transparency Initiative represents a set of research projects aimed to improve the accuracy and accessibility of information pertaining to college costs. The initiative responds to the fact that tuition policies adopted at U.S. colleges and universities have become increasingly complex, which may disproportionately affect underrepresented students and fuel stratification.

The Fostering Attainment Through Educational Supports (FATES) Workshop has one goal: To remove barriers to educational attainment for marginalized students through the application of research.

Journal of Student Financial Aid

The Journal of Student Financial Aid is a peer-reviewed outlet featuring works of significance in all areas of postsecondary student financial assistance. We invite the submission of manuscripts that report original research findings; editorial opinions on policy issues; and book reviews.