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The JA Teens and Personal Finance Survey

In recent years, there has been a great deal of discussion about the value of a college degree, which has been compounded by the rising cost of higher education. The COVID-19 pandemic caused many young people to change their plans for after high school, and the recent surge in inflation is resulting in more young people weighing their options when it comes to gaining marketable skills following post-secondary school. Junior Achievement and Citizens wanted to gain a better understanding of how today’s teens look at their futures after high school. A summary of those results can be found here.

Methodological Notes

The Junior Achievement Teens & Personal Finance Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research ( among 1,000 nationally representative US Teens ages 13-18, between March 10th and March 16th, 2023, using an email invitation and an online survey. Data was weighted to ensure a reliable and accurate representation of U.S. teens ages 13-18.

Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. For the interviews conducted in this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

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