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Understanding College Credit Cards

Aug 17, 2007
Today credit cards are everywhere you look and even college students are great candidates for owning their own college credit cards. Many students are now living on their own or in dorms and need to learn to maintain their own expenses making college credit cards a necessity for many students.

College credit cards are basically just like regular credit cards. However, since college students do not have any type of credit history, they are usually unable to apply for and receive a regular credit card.

However, the question remains, why would a credit card company be willing to give college students credit cards if they have no way of paying back the money they charge on their college credit card?

Well, there are two very good reasons. Most credit card companies that offer college credit cards see a large opportunity in college student population. In fact, the majority of college students stay loyal to their credit card company even after they graduate from college.

It has also been reported that many college students will, in fact, pay on time and give the companies workable income. With the proper use of credit cards, college students can ensure they have good credit when the time comes for them to purchase a new car or new home.

College credit cards are usually preferred by most parents. They know their children may have the chance to overspend but they also know that with their own college credit card they will be building a stable financial future and receive other benefits that regular credit cards do not offer.

College students can use their cards to pay tuition fees. Some college credit cards even offer many unique benefits such as rewards if they pay their balances in a timely manner.

Most college credit cards also offer students lower interest rates as long as the college student maintains good grades. The use of credit can teach the importance of how to create and live on a budget and is great for parents that cannot afford to finance or manage all of their college student's spending.

College student credit cards can also be set up by parents as pre-paid accounts; this way if the college student needs a little extra money, parents can always add to the credit card but ensure they use the credit card wisely and do not overspend.

The ultimate goal with college credit cards should be for students to learn how to use credit cards responsibly and to learn what they charge on their card is their responsibility.
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