Most teenagers have unrealistic expectations about what the future holds, even the immediate future.
More than half of high schoolers expect to leave college with only $10,000 in student debt, according to a recent report by CentSai Adulting, a financial wellness site for teens. The reality is closer to three times that amount.
Only 9 percent said they are willing to rack up $20,000 to $50,000 in loans to get a degree, CentSai Adulting said.
Still, 76 percent of the teens polled said they believe a four-year degree is worth the cost (even though they are unclear on what that is).
CentSai Adulting poll of nearly 2,000 teenagers ages 14 to 17 was conducted last month.