Reality Check – Online Tool for Students

Can you afford the adult life you imagine... or are you in for a reality check?

Students, imagine you’ve just graduated from high school or college, and you’re about to embark on your life as an independent adult. What do you think your lifestyle will be? Will you take public transportation or drive a new car? Will you cook your own meals or mostly eat out? And what kind of income do you think you will need to pay for it all?

Answer a few questions about the life you think you will lead. It will only take a few minutes.

Jump$tart’s Reality Check online learning tool will help you see the level of income you will need to support the life you imagine.  You’ll also see examples of the amount of education you’ll need for they type of job that will earn you that level of income.

Before you start, keep in mind that local salaries, wages and lifestyle costs will vary throughout the United States and the internal data used in this calculator are national averages updated late in 2023. The results will indicate a ballpark relationship between your expenses and the income you will need to support your dream lifestyle.


Hear what students have to say...

I think the Reality Check is good for helping to figure out what your expenses might look like and what a good salary/job is for you.

Reality Check gave me a better understanding of the future in regards to money.

Reality Check is a quick and easy way to see an average for how much money you will need to live your preferred lifestyle.

I think that the Reality Check activity is a great tool to see how much your future lifestyle will cost.

Reality Check is a very helpful and eye opening tool that allows me to see what life costs.