Elementary and high school students aren't the only ones back in class. Colleges will soon be back in session. And students will again be taking a crash course on finances.
As a college student, you're away from home for the first time. And for many teenagers, facing some financial challenges for the first time. Kiplinger has these 5 lessons to help boost your financial GPA:
- Open a low-cost checking account in the student's college town, especially if the student's current bank doesn't have branches there. And choose a bank with a network of ATMs that's convenient to the dorm or favorite hangout.
- Set up an overdraft strategy. Students are prime candidates for racking up charges by overdrawing their accounts with small purchases.
- Downplay credit cards. Students should first be responsible enough to manage a checking account.
- Guard personal information. Enough said in this Facebook generation, where kids disclose just about everything about themselves.
- Keep track of expenses. Before you know it, all those little things can add up to a pretty big bill.
Tuition may be the biggest expense when sending kids off to college, but the biggest life-long money lessons are dealing with the day-to-day financial challenges.
"5 Financial Lessons For College Students"