By Kimberly Palmer
U.S. New & World Report
College students' financial education begins long before they set foot on campus-just ask Mary Ann Campbell. Now a financial educator, she vividly recalls her parents implying that because she was a girl, sending her to college was a waste of money. She was so affected by that message that she made a career out of studying how we learn about money.
Not only did she figure out a way to pay for college, but she also earned a Ph.D., wrote her dissertation on how money attitudes are passed on between generations, and became a certified financial planner.
Numerous studies, including Campbell's research, have shown that parents exert an inordinate influence on their children's future money habits. And yet, even though most parents say they consider themselves responsible for their children's financial education, only one in three call themselves "excellent" financial role models, according to a recent ING Direct survey.Read More »from Get Your Kids Financially Ready for College Early