Asset Building Financial Inclusion Perspectives & Testimonies

Child Development Accounts and College Success: Accounts, Assets, Expectations, and Achievements

Child Development Accounts (CDAs) can contribute to financial preparation for college and the development of a college-bound identity in multiple ways and so increase the likelihood of college success. The pathways from CDAs to college success proposed in this paper are grounded in theory and evidence, but more research on the impact of CDAs is needed.

Project: College Success


Beverly, S. G., Elliott, W., III, & Sherraden, M. (2013, November). Child Development Accounts and college success: Accounts, assets, expectations, and achievements (CSD Perspective No. 13-27). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.