NEFE Research

NEFE encourages better understanding of personal finance by identifying and promoting in-depth exploration of financial issues of concern to the public. We do this through research studies, conferences, symposia, think tanks, round-table discussions, and other activities that we sponsor.
Ongoing Research Projects

Ongoing Research Projects

by NEFE Grantees

NEFE provides research funding for exploratory projects on personal finance and financial behaviors. We currently have several projects in progress, including research on young adults, debt, and the diminished capacity of aging Americans. Please check this page for information and updates for ongoing projects.

Managing Rising Education Costs Remains Challenge for Families

Managing Rising Education Costs Remains Challenge for Families

by NEFE/The Harris Poll

Managing rising education costs remains a challenge for families. A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll finds three quarters of American parents are regularly saving for their child’s education, yet two thirds will rely on grants on grants/scholarships to pay for education costs, and about one third (34 percent) say they will rely on loans.

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The Effects of K-12 Financial Education Mandates on Student Postsecondary Education Outcomes

The Effects of K-12 Financial Education Mandates on Student Postsecondary Education Outcomes

by Montana State University

This study, funded by a grant from NEFE to Montana State University, examines how personal finance graduation requirements in high school change whether or not young adults attend college, the types of institutions attended, and the methods by which individuals finance their post-secondary educations.

APLUS Wave 4: Adult Fiscal Competency: An Analysis of Financial Behavior During the Transition to Adulthood

APLUS Wave 4: Adult Fiscal Competency: An Analysis of Financial Behavior During the Transition to Adulthood

by University of Minnesota

This study, funded by a grant from NEFE to University of Minnesota, examines emerging adult financial behavior as a decision making process leading to adult thriving. This is the fifth installment of the longitudinal Arizona Pathways to Life Success (APLUS) study, which has been following a large, diverse college student sample since 2008.

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