Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Matthew Kruger-Ross, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Orkideh Mohajeri, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline S. Hodes, Ed.D.


This thesis examines how institutions of higher education can better prepare students for the transition into the development stage of Emerging Adulthood. I explore the following questions: What is the stage of Emerging Adulthood? What knowledge do students have regarding financial literacy? How does social class play a role on students’ knowledge regarding financial literacy? Why are institutions not preparing students for life post-graduation? This thesis uses student identity development thoery, social capital theory, and historical analysis to critically analyze the current college student experience post-graduation in regards to financial literacy. As I dive deeper into the relationship between social class and financial literacy among college students I propose an informative online module provided for students who are approaching college graduation. My intervention ultimately provides resources for college graduates to help them safeguard future financial success post-graduation.