Jump$tart Coalition Survey of Personal Financial Literacy Among Students

When the Jump$tart Coalition first began measuring financial literacy in 1997, the term was literally unknown. Over the next decade, Jump$tart’s Survey of Financial Literacy Among High School Students became one of the most widely referenced resources in understanding what young people know—and don’t know—about personal finance.

Mandell 2008 Survey BookThe Jump$tart Survey, as it came to be known, was written by Lewis Mandell, Ph.D., currently of the Aspen Institute and the University of Washington.  He conducted the first survey of high school seniors on behalf of the Jump$tart Coalition in 1997, and then repeated it biennially between 2000 and 2008.  In 2008, he administered the survey to college students, as well.

Dr. Mandell’s book, The Financial Literacy of Young American Adults, outlines results of the 2008 surveys, as well as the history of the survey research.  It can be downloaded as a .pdf file at no cost.  The actual high school and college surveys, including responses, are also available here.

The Financial Literacy of Young American Adults

2008 High School Survey, with responses

2008 College Survey, with responses  

2008 Survey Press Release

Jump$tart is no longer conducting the survey. For additional resources, please a collection of research and financial literacy facts.