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DrakeLSU
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Kansas
Member since Dec 2012
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Any advice on a credit card for a college student?


I am a junior in college and am looking to start building some credit with a credit card. I won't be using it for anything outrageous. Just to pay a few bills that I am financially capable of paying as is.

I am new to all of this, so if anyone has any advice it would be much appreciated.







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I Love Bama
Alabama Fan
Alabama
Member since Nov 2007
31297 posts

re: Any advice on a credit card for a college student?


just get one with no fees to start building credit. Pay it off every month. It can be a slippery slope if you don't.





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Croacka
UNLV Fan
Denham Springs
Member since Dec 2008
46249 posts

re: Any advice on a credit card for a college student?


Citi forward

Decent for students and earns nice reward points at restaurants and bookstores






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Cold Pizza
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Member since Sep 2011
7639 posts

re: Any advice on a credit card for a college student?


Many universities have their own rewards cards with kickers at the book store, library, ect. Probably some other features aimed at young, poor, dumb, horny college kids. Check it out.


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Siderophore
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Member since Nov 2010
3334 posts

re: Any advice on a credit card for a college student?


Citi forward.

The chase amazon one is also great if you buy stuff from
Amazon a lot.

A point for every dollar charged, and 3 for amazon purchases.






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BACONisMEATcandy
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re: Any advice on a credit card for a college student?


I'd go with an Amex Charge Card... That way you have no choice but to pay it off each month





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Dead Mike
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Cell Block 4
Member since Mar 2010
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re: Any advice on a credit card for a college student?


You're probably not getting approved for an AMEX card right off the bat.

I started with the Discover student card in college, similar to other cards with a 5% rotating category and 1% flat cashback rate. I got turned down for the AMEX Blue Cash card at first, but then I got my Discover limit increased a fair bit and I got the AMEX Blue Cash with the same limit a few months later. I use them according to bonus categories (e.g. 3% back on groceries on the AMEX), basically buying like I did with my debit card but the rewards are far superior, fraud won't hit my checking account and I have the option to carry a balance in an emergency situation.



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BACONisMEATcandy
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re: Any advice on a credit card for a college student?


I guess I am lucky because my parents had a gas card in my name since I turned 16.... My sister, brother, and I were all approved with Amex as our 1st card





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reb13
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Oxford, MS
Member since May 2010
9419 posts

re: Any advice on a credit card for a college student?


Does anyone know if corporate cards help your credit? It's in my name and I pay it. But once I'm done with my internship I have to cut it up. But will I be able to easily get another credit card? I have been turned down a few times haha.





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wegotdatwood
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Member since Aug 2009
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re: Any advice on a credit card for a college student?


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The chase amazon one is also great if you buy stuff from
Amazon a lot.

A point for every dollar charged, and 3 for amazon purchases.



and 2 on gas and dining.






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foshizzle
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Washington DC metro
Member since Mar 2008
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re: Any advice on a credit card for a college student?


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Does anyone know if corporate cards help your credit? It's in my name and I pay it.


If it shows up on your credit report, yes it will impact your credit.

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will I be able to easily get another credit card?


Not if you don't keep paying the bill on time. If you do, then it depends but it shouldn't hurt.






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tigeraddict
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Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2007
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re: Any advice on a credit card for a college student?


If you have any student loans with Sallie Mae i would suggest a UPromise Card (through Sallie Mae) No fee, and if you shop online alot, there are a lot of 10% back companies to use the card at. All cash back goes to paying down you student loans.





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VABuckeye
Ohio State Fan
Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
9890 posts

re: Any advice on a credit card for a college student?


Capital One Bank has a starter card for students. I think they start with a $300 or so limit. Great for starting out and you can't really get yourself in trouble with that limit.





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