Program Sept. 24 to look at '10 Things College Students Should Know about Money'

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Students interested in understanding and managing their finances are urged to attend Cathy Bowen's financial literacy presentation, "10 Things College Students Should Know about Money," from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. The event is free and open to the public and also can be viewed live online at and search for the presentation date in the menu to bring up the direct link. (No login is required.)

Bowen is a professor and extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education at Penn State. Her work focuses on helping Pennsylvania residents address perennial consumer issues such as budgeting, using credit, recordkeeping, consumer rights and responsibilities, and teaching kids about money. She directs a volunteer income tax assistance site (VITA) where law and accounting students serve as volunteers.

Bowen's course Consumer and Financial Skills (AYFCE 270) is ideal for students who want to learn how to make key decisions early in life that can secure their financial future. Bowen’s work has received national awards by professional organizations and has been featured on NPR and the former CNN Open House.

Bowen has a certificate in financial planning and is a member of several organizations including the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the Financial Planning Association. In addition, she has worked with state and federal agencies to promote financial education in schools and the general public.

Bowen earned a bachelor's degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University in Greensboro, N.C., and completed her master’s degree and doctorate at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. 

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Lauren Reiter at or 814-865-4414.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015