Today, All In for K-State, the university’s day of giving, is raising funds to bring financial education to all new students, equipping them with the knowledge they need to make smart decisions and relieve some stress.
“Focusing on financial well-being will benefit our students exponentially, not only during their time at K-State but throughout their lives,” said Thomas Lane, vice president of student life and dean of students.
Funds raised will support an expanded effort of the nationally recognized Powercat Financial peer-to-peer counseling and a pilot program offering a zero-credit financial literacy course to incoming students. The initiative also includes embedding student financial specialists in university housing and programs to guide students in need to the proper resources.
Keeping students on track to graduation
From cobbling together a monthly budget to dodging credit pitfalls, college students have a lot to learn about money. According to the 2020 Study on Collegiate Financial Wellness, 33% of K-State students surveyed have considered dropping out because of finances, and 69% of them feel stressed about finances.
“Students spend valuable physical and mental resources stressing about finances. I would rather they spend that on learning in their classes or having a great time at college,” said Greg Eiselein, director of K-State First, the university’s first-year experience program. “Financial literacy is going to help them as college students — and it’s going to help them for the rest of their lives.”
Creating financial knowledge for life
By contributing to this year’s All In for K-State, you’re helping students get a handle on their finances, benefitting them today and for the rest of their lives.
“We have the potential to change the average net worth of our future graduates. What a gift!” said Kathleen Hatch, Morrison family associate vice president for student well-being. “So if you want to make a difference, this is your chance.”
Visit allin.ksufoundation.org to learn more about All In for K-State and how you can help boldly advance positive financial futures for students.
As Kansas State University’s strategic partner for philanthropy, the KSU Foundation inspires and guides philanthropy toward university priorities to boldly advance K-State family.