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Getting A Bank Credit Card For Tuition Payments

Dec 26, 2007
It is important for college students to be able to pay for their tuition, books, fees and living expenses while they are attending post-secondary school. A student loan and a scholarship can cover most of the associated costs, but there are still other day to day expenses to consider.

If an emergency occurs and the student needs extra cash, then they need a financial back-up plan. A bank credit card can help with these unforeseen expenses and it will also help them to build their credit score.

If you want to obtain a bank credit card from the financial institution of your choice, then there may be some stumbling blocks in your way. If you have been turned down for unsecured credit cards or bank credit cards due to a lack of credit history, then you are aware of the conundrum revolving around credit scores. You must have credit in order to receive credit. It is frustrating to those people who have recently turned eighteen and are looking to begin their lives without fiscal assistance from their parents.

If having one is your goal, then you need to start off small. There is a card for bad credit that many people utilize. It may require a deposit to assure the lender that funds are available to match the credit limit.

Many people who have bad credit or no credit rating will utilize these cards, as a way to start or re-build credit scores. The downfall is being forced into paying high interest rates and a yearly membership fee that is often ridiculous. Use these as a last alternative.

If you are determined to have one from your bank of choice, then you may want to consider asking your parent to co-sign the application with you. You will have the card in your name, but your parent's credit score will determine your interest rate and your limit. This is a great way to get a 0 APR credit card and start to build your own credit rating.

Okay, you have obtained a bank credit card and now have the freedom to spend up to your credit limit. What comes next? Well, it should not be a shopping spree. This is the time to use some restraint. It can be thrilling the first time you hand over that piece of plastic to the store clerk, but you must always remember to use it wisely.

With that small piece of plastic comes great responsibility. You will need to make your payments on time and always try to keep a minimum balance that you can pay off.
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