Credit Cards 101: Finding the Right Plastic

For a college student, finding the best starter credit card is an education in itself

The dreaded freshman 15, those extra pounds that come from eating all those carbs in the school cafeteria, isn't the only thing your kids need to worry about when heading off to college this fall. Sudden access to easy credit could get them into a heap of financial trouble. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling reports that nearly one-half of college students saddle themselves with more than $3,000 of credit-card debt by the time they graduate.

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