College Student Credit Card

  College Student Credit Card  - What everyone should know about student credit cards  - May 7, 2007  

Finances are a real problem during student life. Part of it is because of day to day college expenses but the major factor is increased cost of education. Very fact, that a lot of things demand our attention during student life, budgeting is automatically not on the priority list.

Help from parents or a part time job or some tuitions could arrange the much needed money to some extent but, more and more students are now relying on a student credit card to fund their college expenses.

As the name suggests, a student credit card is specially designed for students and is very different from your regular credit card. Because it may be the first time for college students to apply for a credit card, most credit card companies designed their student credit cards to be a form of secured credit cards.

It will help a student to avoid accumulating high amounts of debt because of reckless spending. If you need groceries, or that recommended book but you don't have the money for it, then it may be time for you to use your student credit card. It is good if you start learning good financial habits from your student life itself. Don't use the card to pay for everything and anything. Use it judicially or it will land you in a debt to repay after the college finishes.

It is not unusual to find the representatives of credit card companies promoting student credit card in college campuses. However, finding a right card will take much more than contacting the representative of credit card company. Develop a habit of shopping around and getting the best deal out there. Though the interest rates on student credit cards are relatively low, they also offer a low credit amount. If used judicially student credit card can become the perfect means to build a credit history and jumpstart your financial wellbeing.

  College Student Credit Card  - 3 worst student credit card mistakes that cause most of the credit card debt  - May 8, 2007  

Do you find most of your friends end up their college with huge credit card debts to repay? What ails them? In this article we take a look at the 3 worst mistakes students make with their student credit cards, and pay for it heavily later on in their life.

1. Sign up the first offer you receive

A student is offered a number of credit card when he or she enters the college. A good thing would be to contact the financial aid office to get help on which card is better. Ask your friends, get their opinion, see how well they are faring with their student credit cards, compare various offers that you get on a credit card comparison website online. This will ensure that you have made an informed decision. Else, you could land in trouble.

2. Max out the credit limit

Credit card companies are quite generous in giving huge credit limits by student's standards. Student's should not take this as easy money and max out the credit card. A good thing is to keep the credit card balances to below 30% of the maximum credit limit. This will keep them in the good books of credit card company and won't invite huge penalties and high APR's.

3. Don't repay on time

Taking a loan (yes every expenditure on credit card is a loan and has to be repaid with interest) and defaulting on repayments, doesn't go well with credit card agencies. When they find that a default on repayment has taken place, they increase the APR's, take back all rewards and slap late payment fees. This also doesn't goes well with the credit rating agencies.

Credit card is there to help you in times of difficulties and it has to be used wisely to build the credit. If the credit card companies find that your credit card use is judicious, they will increase your credit limits, lower interest rates, throw in few more rewards etc. This will seriously help in building a good credit history.

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