How can I build credit with my student credit card and why is it so important?

Answered on August 04, 2010
Updated on August 04, 2010
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Amy Miller Amy Miller
To build credit history with your student credit card you need to handle your credit responsibly. You should make payments on time to all your creditors and keep your balances below your credit limits. You should try to pay in full each month, make sure you know terms and conditions of your cardholder agreement. Keep track of all your expenses, what you spend money on, and make sure your spending doesn't exceed your monthly income, on the contrary set up a savings account. Develop these useful financial skills and establish your credit history. When you apply for credit, rent, insurance or employment your creditworthiness, approval and terms of agreement are determined based on several factors, your credit history being one of the most important.
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