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College Students Pay Dearly For Credit Card Debt Troubles

[Jun 4, 2009.]

 

Many Students Still Confirm Credit Card Debt Stereotypes
Unmanageable credit card debt has always been a stereotype for college students as much as late night partying and other crazy events. Unfortunately, even after all the lectures and horror stories, it seems that many students are still living up to this stereotype of multiple credit cards and irresponsible spending.

In a recent Sallie Mae report, the amount of credit card debt among college freshman has nearly tripled in the last five years since 2004. Among the statistics, the average college student owned more than four credit cards; and the majority got hit with finance charges for not paying their monthly balance in full.

As a credit card debt consolidation website, individuals with multiple credit card debts are certainly no strangers. However, college students and other young borrowers need to be especially aware of their distinct credit disadvantage. In short, these young borrowers often have fewer resources, and will often pay more dearly for their credit card mistakes than most other borrowers.

Students Lack Access To Low Interest Debt Consolidation Loans
Debt relief and other credit card debt consolidation programs are often quite popular because of their ability to reduce interest payments. However, these debt consolidation loans are typically made possible through the use of a home equity loan or home equity line of credit. As a college student, it's rather unlikely to have access to such collateral. Unfortunately, this means that students have fewer, and more expensive, options to get out of debt. Eventually, students will have to bite the bullet and play according to their creditor's game of high interest rate finance charges.

But the consequences don't end quite yet.  The high credit balances and late monthly payments will also hurt young borrowers more so than established individuals. Without a previous credit history, these negative marks will have a much more serious effect on a young college student. Credit cards are one of the easiest ways to build up a young credit history, but unfortunately, it can easily do just as much damage. For students, this can set the path for a lifelong struggle of bad credit and high interest rate loans at quite an early age.

Although students may not be eligible for the more attractive debt consolidation loans typically advertised, these programs can still offer helpful advice and resources to help students get out of debt. Other options can also include credit counseling to help students get a hold of their credit card spending habits. To find a credit card debt consolidation loan specialist in your area, be sure to visit our site's directory for more specific details.

 

About Author:

Renee Morgan has been a loan officer for over eighteen years. She is also a freelance writer and guest expert for radio and TV.

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