Gretchen C. Holthaus



Doctoral Candidate


Education Policy Studies


Indiana University Bloomington


Gretchen C. Holthaus is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University where she studies Education Policy Studies in Higher Education. At IU, Gretchen serves as a doctoral research assistant at the Center for Postsecondary Research, as well as an associate instructor for the higher education and student affairs program. Gretchen’s work focuses on financial literacy in relation to student well-being and college completion. Gretchen interned with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid in 2016-2017, working to promote financial literacy programs in higher education nationally. Gretchen also holds an appointment with the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center at The George Washington University in Washington D.C., working to help shape national and international dialogue around student financial literacy. Prior to her doctoral studies, Gretchen helped launch a student money management center, and in 2011, co-authored a free online resource,, through a College Access Challenge Grant aimed at assisting college-bound students with their financial plans for college. Gretchen has worked with more than 40 states, delivering over 30 conference presentations and authoring over 25 reports and articles in the areas of student success, financial literacy, and other social service areas.