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Upcoming programs by the Lake County Extension Office aim to teach new college students how to manage money

RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2008

TAVARES — The Lake County Extension Office will present two programs in June to help college-bound students learn how to better manage their finances.

“Money Management for College Freshmen” will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 9, at the Fruitland Park Library, located at 205 W. Berckman St., and on Thursday, June 19, at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.

“According to a recent study by Key Bank and Harris Interactive Survey, almost three quarters of college freshman admit having made mistakes with their money when they arrived on campus,” said Julie England, a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with the Lake County Extension Office. “The biggest mistakes included over-spending on food and entertainment as well as putting too many purchases on credit cards.”

“Money Management for College Freshman” will help students better understand how to organize their finances, control expenses and spending, avoid identity theft and learn how to use credit wisely. Students will learn to take charge of their financial future and build a base for a lifetime of sound financial management.

Preregistration is required for both programs. Cost of the program is $5 for class materials. Students may bring one parent at no additional charge. To register for the June 9 program, call the Fruitland Park Library at (352) 360-6561. For the June 19 program at the Lake County Agricultural Center, call or Rene Bass at (352) 343-4101 or e-mail rcbass@ufl.edu.

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