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Star Tribune story on online finances course for parents

Course topics -- from how students' financial decisions affect the family finances to budgeting to banking to credit to gambling -- suggest the reasons the class is being launched: increasingly dire statistics about college students who have credit card debt, online gambling debt and can't balance a checkbook.

While online courses like this one are rare, financial education is a hot-button topic at colleges nationwide, said Jim Boyle, president of the advocacy group College Parents of America.

The course was created by Marjorie Savage, director of a program to help parents stay connected to their kids and the university, and Jodi Dworkin, a professor who studies risk in adolescents at the school's Department of Family Social Science. Topics were picked based on parent focus groups and frequent questions from parents to Savage.

It's modeled after a course they created to help parents learn how to talk to their children about alcohol. That course will soon be adopted by eight schools across the country. Another on sex and sexuality and one on spirituality will follow in years to come.

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The course is only open to parents of University of Minnesota students. Email Marj Savage to sign up or get more information.