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Student Credit Cards Can Help You Establish A Credit History

Nick Makaryk
Jun 15, 2008
In today's world, having a credit card is a luxury. Credit cards are a great convenience, meaning that you don't need to worry about cash when making a purchase. Although some credit cards have strict requirements, there are a lot of manufacturers that are giving both high school and college students the chance to get their own credit cards. Student credit cards can be used the same way as a traditional credit card, although they do come with certain restrictions and limitations that other credit cards don't normally have.

A lot of companies and banks that offer student credit cards will normally need a co-signer as a form of insurance or collateral. This person will sign on the loan with the student, and will be the person the company falls back on if the student is unable to pay the bill. Normally a parent or guardian, the co-signer is considered to be back up and a peace of mind for the issuer of the student credit card, as they can always count on the co-signer with good credit to pay if the student can't.

Student credit cards often come with a higher interest rate or APR. This helps to reduce the risk the bank or company takes by issuing a credit card to a student. Often times, the spending limit is considerably less than more traditional credit cards. They average spending limit is between $250-$800. The reason for this is that most students have not established any type of credit, therefore they will not have a good credit rating. Even with the low spending limit, these types of credit cards still allow students to establish credit.

A student credit card can be a big help to a student who wants to make a large purchase. To do this, one would usually need good credit; but this is where the student credit card comes in handy. The student credit card can be used to establish and build good credit, making it much easier to get a more substantial loan when the time comes that one is needed.

Student credit cards can also help students gain a sense of responsibility. The card works just like any other credit card, although the spending limit is much lower. Once the student has mastered usage of the card, he or she can manage money much better later on in life. These cards are great for students to have, and can teach them money skills that will last a lifetime.

Just like traditional credit cards, students should also know that student credits cards can be dangerous. Although they are great to have, there are pitfalls such as overspending. If students spend more money than they having coming in, they will be unable to pay their credit card bill, which will then affect their credit. If the company goes after the co-signer to pay the bill, it could also affect their credit as well. Therefore, students should always have a budget in mind before they start using their credit cards.

All in all, student credit cards are great to have. For high school students or college students, these credit cards are a means of freedom, and a way to teach responsibility. They can come in handy during emergencies, which is reason enough to invest in them.

If your son or daughter is in school, you may want to consider a student credit card. They can not only help establish their credit, they can teach them many life lessons.
About the Author
Nick Makaryk is a Owner who works with Best Credit Cards to help individuals make responsible credit decisions. For easy to use online Credit Card Applications
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