Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Student debt and the role of Credit Card

As a student, your most common types of debt are student loans and consumer accounts, better known as credit card debt. These debts are handled differently when it comes to getting debt help. Credit card debt must be repaid in full for it not to have a serious negative effect on your credit.

Students should be aware of the fact that credit cards geared towards students often come with high interest rates and many unfavorable terms. This is largely due to high default rates among students than among other age groups. Another reason for the high rates is that students usually have limited credit histories. A point to note for the students is that the credit card should not be considered as a source of income. Even though students have good intentions of paying off their bills in a timely manner after they enter the workforce, such intentions are never realized. Most often, students lack money managing skills which hit them hard when they use their cards to the maximum limit. Some of the credit cards issuers do not require parental approval for issuing credit cards to students. This leads to further mismanagement of money by the students as they are given access to a credit card with pretty high credit limits, which they assume to be their money and spend on various things. Debit cards are good alternatives for college students

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