This paper explores young children's perceptions and expectations about attending college, and the potential influence of a savings program on shaping children's perceptions about paying for college. As part of a four-year study of a school-based college savings program called “I Can Save”, this paper uses qualitative evidence from interviews conducted in second and fourth grades with a diverse group of 51 children. Findings suggest that most of the children in the study have a general understanding of college and have begun a process of considering higher education. Further, children in “I Can Save” are more likely than a comparison group of children to perceive that savings is a way to help pay for college.
Elliott, W., III, Sherraden, M. S., Johnson, L., & Guo, B. (2009). Young children's perceptions of college and saving: Potential role of Child Development Accounts (CSD Working Paper No. 09-53). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
I Can Save
academic expectation, children, college savings, child development account, school-based saving programs, youth, CDA Symposium
Elliott, William III, "Young Children's Perceptions of College and Saving: Potential Role of Child Development Accounts" (2009). Center for Social Development Research. 473.