Date of Graduation

Fall 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Business Administration


Finance - Financial Services - Financial Planning

Research Sponsor

Dr. James Thomson

First Reader

Dr. Barry Mulholland

Second Reader

Suzanne Thompson


With the cost of college increasing it is critical that students develop sound a sound financial understanding of key topics that will effect them for the rest of their lives. Budgeting, interest rates, debt, and other key topics are not well understood by the majority of college students. This paper looks at how much students understand their debt, as well as other key finance areas and demonstrates what The University of Akron can do to produce students that understand personal finance concepts.