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How do I Deal with College Credit Card Debt?

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  • Written By: Luke Arthur
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  • Last Modified Date: 24 January 2020
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In order to deal with college credit card debt, you need to first assess the problem and then develop a plan to attack it. You need to make every attempt possible to pay your debt, such as by getting a part-time job, and take steps to avoid adding to it. Another way that you can potentially deal with college credit card debt is to get a debt consolidation loan. You may also think about transferring the balance to a low interest credit card. Regardless of what happens, it is critical that you continue to make your monthly payments on the credit card debt.

College credit card debt is a problem that many people have to deal with after graduating from school. In fact, the average college student starts out professional life with some type of credit card debt. With the growing costs associated with going to college and students who are not always taught the proper way to manage credit, it is no wonder that many people struggle with accumulating college credit card debt.

When dealing with this problem, the first thing that you should do is assess the situation. Get copies of statements from any credit card accounts that you have. This will allow you to total up the credit card balances that you might have and see how bad the problem is.

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After you determine your financial situation, you need to develop a plan to pay off the debt. There are many options that you could pursue, but it is important to decide on a path and take it. By planning out your strategy in advance, you can more easily stay on task and eliminate the debt quicker. In many cases, finding a part-time job — either while in school or in addition to other work you might be doing after graduation — is a good way to earn money to help pay off your college credit card debt. If you cannot find work, you may be able to defer your payments, but you will still owe the full amount of the debt, which may also continue to incur finance charges.

One option that you can pursue when trying to deal with college credit card debt is to get a debt consolidation loan. In order to do this, you will need to work with a lender and take out a new loan with an interest rate that is lower than your credit cards. This will allow you to get enough money to pay off all of your credit card debt. Then you can focus on one account with a lower interest rate.

If you do not qualify for a loan, you might also consider transferring your credit card balances to a low interest credit card. Many credit cards will provide you with a 0% introductory rate for at least one year. This will allow you to get free interest for a year while you try to pay down the balance. It is important to remember that the interest rate will go up after the introductory period ends.

While you are determining the best way to pay your college credit card debt, you need to remember to always make your minimum payment. If you skip a payment, it can have devastating effects on your credit. Even if you cannot afford to make a large payment, the minimum payment on your credit cards is usually affordable.

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