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High School Students Financial Capability Sucks

Higher One and Moneythink Announce Partnership to Address Financial Capability of High School Students

Partnership will expand high school students’ access to financial literacy educational technologies and peer counseling opportunities with college students.

New Haven, CT – September 11 – A new partnership between Higher One, a leader in providing financial services and data analytics to more than 1,900 colleges and universities across the U.S., and Moneythink, a nationally recognized movement of young people working to restore the financial health of America, will address the need to provide students with the education on how to make sound financial decisions, specifically through peer counseling and new technologies.

“We are excited to announce this partnership with Higher One—a company leading the way in providing students with necessary tools to positively impact financial capability—to expand how we reach high school students with our approach to financial literacy,” said Ted Gonder, co-founder and CEO of Moneythink. “Our innovative model pairs college students with inner city youth in an intensive mentoring program and gets young people excited about making smart financial decisions. Our goal is to start students down the path toward economic success, which in turn generates a financial ripple effect through families and entire communities.”

Money Matters on Campus, a recently released research report, found that students who received financial literacy education in high school scored significantly higher than their peers on financial knowledge questions and are more responsible when it comes to money.

“These results show the need to start financial literacy education in the K-12 setting and in ways that take into account attitudinal, behavioral and demographic differences—it’s imperative that we seek to bridge the gap and increase financial capability among college-bound students,” said Mary Johnson, director of financial literacy and student aid policy at Higher One. “Higher One believes strongly that helping students learn to manage their finances early on in their adult lives is key to achieving college degree completion, and Moneythink is a leader in reaching high school students with relevant educational tools.”

This partnership will expand the reach of Moneythink’s peer counseling initiatives and explore how to bolster the use of mobile technologies to reach students.

About Moneythink
Recognized by President Obama, Moneythink is the only movement of young people restoring the economic health of the United States through financial education. By placing trained college volunteers in urban high schools as near-peer role models and financial mentors for teenagers, Moneythink leverages a high-touch approach to financial literacy. Coupled with cutting-edge mobile technology designed to support students both in and out of the classroom, Moneythink mentors are changing the way America’s youth thinks about and interacts with money. Find out more at

About Higher One
Higher One Holdings, Inc. partners with colleges and universities to lower their administrative costs and to improve graduation rates. We provide a broad array of payment, refund disbursement and data analytics and management tools to institutions that help them save money and enhance institutional effectiveness. And for students, we offer financial literacy programs and convenient, flexible and affordable transaction options to help them manage their finances. Higher One is a leader in higher education, supporting more than 1,900 schools and 13 million enrolled students. More information about Higher One can be found at

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Lauren Perry
Higher One
+1 203.776.7776 Ext: 4495

College Identity Theft Is Big Concern

College Identity Theft Is a Big Concern for Students and Parents, Frank N. Darras, of DarrasLaw Offers Tips to Keep Your Kids’ Information Safe

Students out on their own for the first time are at a high risk for identity theft. It’s important to warn them of the risks and to take extra precautions to keep their private information private.

Ontario, CA – September 09 – According a consumer alert at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, identity theft is a growing problem in the United States, leaving many Americans in debt due to stolen funds. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States, costing victims more than $5 billion annually. In particular, many college students don’t think about identity theft and how it might impact them. These young students can be ideal targets because they tend to remain unaware of how their credit file and history works along with any future consequences. Read More.

There are many ways identity thieves can take advantage of college students including the opening of new bank accounts or loans taken out in the students’ name. There are various ways theft can occur and students need to do their best to protect their identity.

In an interview with US News, Alan Woodward, a cyber-security expert, says students don’t need too much prompting to protect themselves from identity theft: “To protect themselves, students shouldn’t share login details with anyone and should refrain from posting private information – such as a full address, social security number, or date of birth – on social media, because thieves can use those to confirm identities, Woodward says. Students should also vary passwords between accounts, which shouldn’t relate to their personal information, and avoid saving passwords or PIN numbers online or on their computers or phones, he adds,” (How to Protect Against Identity Theft in College: US News, October 2, 2012).

“It’s hard to see so many young people being taken advantage of when it is so easy to teach them the proper way to protect themselves,” states Frank N. Darras, America’s leading disability insurance lawyer. “Identity theft happens much too frequently in this country and that is something we need to change. By teaching our youth and ourselves how to protect against identity theft, we have taken our first strong defensive step. The next step is to see what insurance options we have to prevent losing our savings.”

Some insurance companies now offer identity theft insurance and it is typically offered through homeowner’s policies. The policy “will reimburse a policyholder for expenses incurred to restore his or her identity, up to the limits stated in the policy.” Unfortunately, there is nothing out there to return the money that was stolen but at least identity theft insurance can help cover funds used to file paperwork or help reclaim a stolen identity (Do You Need Insurance For Identity Theft?, August 2014).

“Don’t leave the protection of your income and life savings in the hands of someone else. As soon as you can, look at all the beneficial insurance policies out there and talk with your insurance agent about what you need for your family. Always be sure to read over any policy carefully to know what you are buying,” says Darras.

Frank N. Darras is available for interviews, contact Robin Nolan at McDavidPR. 919-745-9333

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Robin Nolan
+1 (919) 745-9333    Robin Nolan, McDavid Public Relations