Turn 18 and you're legally an adult. But two-thirds of young people say they don't feel like adults until some later point — and then it's often because they have passed a financial milestone rather than a particular age, according to a new survey from Bank of America and USA Today.
The survey polled 2,180 consumers age 18 to 26 during July. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Among those who feel like adults, 60 percent said their parents helped prepare them, while 49 percent cited the influence of another role model. Only 31 percent of those surveyed said their high school education did a good job of teaching them financial habits, while 41 percent of college attendees said they learned such lessons on campus.
(See chart below for some of the money issues young adults said they wished they learned more about.)
Among those who don't feel like adults, roughly 8 in 10 said it's because they still rely on financial support from their parents, the survey found.