A new survey by Junior Achievement USA shows that a third of teens (33%) say that their parents or guardians are concerned about the cost of back-to-school supplies this year. A higher percentage of teens (37%) express concern they will not be able to get every item they need for back to-school, and nearly as many (34%) say they have depended on teachers, community donations, and other sources to get supplies in past school years. The survey of 1,004 U.S. teens between the ages of 13 and 17 was conducted in early July by Big Village.
Each back-to-school season, there are many stories about families who do have the means to provide all the supplies their child needs for the school year. Rising costs and supply chain issues may create additional challenges for families this year. To support young people’s learning journeys, JA encourages people to donate supplies to local students and schools.
Teens were also asked how much they thought their back-to-school supplies would cost this year. The average estimated cost was $238. However, according to a recent back-to-school survey by Deloitte, parents estimate the average cost will actually be $661 per student.
To help parents and guardians talk to their kids about inflation, Junior Achievement USA is releasing A Parents’ Guide: Talking to Your Kids About Inflation.