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Stanford’s Mind Over Money program fosters financial literacy

Erika Topete meeting with a student
Feb 9 2018

As an urban studies major, Erika Topete, ’12, knew she could turn to her professors for academic advice analyzing any aspect of federal education policy.

But when it came to making financial decisions – selecting a credit card company, choosing between additional loans and a job, considering leasing or buying a car during her senior year – she didn’t know where to turn for help.

“Financial literacy was not a topic of conversation with my peers or professors, and at the time, I was not aware of an office on campus offering guidance or resources,” Topete said.

With the 2015 launch of the university’s Mind Over Money financial literacy program, Stanford began taking steps to address that situation.