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Palm Springs, California (NAPSI) - Teens are more optimistic about their financial future but may  depend longer on their parents, according to a major new survey. Teens also  expressed concern over paying for higher education.

Among the Teens and Personal Finance Survey’s key findings, conducted by  Junior Achievement USA® and The Allstate Foundation:

• More than half of teens think students are borrowing too much to pay for  college, yet only 9 percent report they are currently saving money for  college.

• Nearly 30 percent have not talked with their parents about paying for  college.

• Nearly one in three teens thinks he or she will be 25 to 27 years old  before becoming financially independent.

• Teens are unsure about their ability to budget (23 percent), use credit  cards (20 percent) or invest money (34 percent).

• The majority of teens (76 percent) still report the best time to learn  about money management is in kindergarten through high school, but only 29  percent reported programs currently in place.

• Of the 33 percent of teens who say they do not use a budget, 42 percent  are “not interested” and more than a quarter (26 percent)  think “budgets are for adults.”

• More than one-third of teens are either unsure or think their parents do  not talk with them enough about money and budgeting.

“From our findings, we can infer that teens expect to live with their  parents longer. It is interesting to see this shift in teens thinking they  will remain financially dependent on their parents,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of  Junior Achievement USA. Since 2005, the organization, in partnership with The  Allstate Foundation, has helped more than 1.2 million students set personal  goals about money and make wise financial choices.

The program, JA Economics for  Success®, also empowers students to develop, plan and set  goals to help protect themselves from unexpected financial pitfalls.

According to Don Civgin, president and chief  executive officer of Allstate Financial, there is an urgent need for parents  and children to broach the subject. “Parents continue to be the No. 1  influence on teens when it comes to money,” he said, “so there is tremendous opportunity  for family conversation.”

To learn more, visit www.ja.org as well  as www.allstatefoundation.org.