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Posted by Com156 on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 1:41pm.

Could someone review this essay for me? It is a rough draft of my persuasive essay.






The Reality of Credit Cards and College Students
Laurie A Johnson
COM 156

Diana Bernste


The Reality of Credit Cards and College Students
Why do companies target a portion of the population that has no job and lacks a substantial credit history? When students go to college, they begin the process of becoming in debt through tuition costs, books, supplies, housing, and other necessities of college living. Should it be allowed to add to this financial strain? Can a student effectively handle this type of responsibility? Todayís college students face many challenges and they include financial responsibilities. When confronted with offers of easy credit from credit card companies, a student will find it difficult to ignore them and will often fall prey to their appealing offers. The temptation is easily understood by anyone who has ever been young and lacking in readily available cash, the responsibilities and effects of such a choice though cannot be fully comprehended by many at such a young age. Accepting these types of offers is a simple process for many, especially students just starting out, and one that might seem like the ideal solution to one who does not have readily available fund for many day-to-day items so many people enjoy. Without proper knowledge and experience, it is very easy for someone to find themself in a very high amount of debt without the ability to pay this back, especially a student whose time is a commodity that they seem to have little extra. Ads for credit cards are appearing at almost every turn. They are on campus bulletin boards and the web, easily accessed by any college student. Even though obtaining a credit card can help teach financial responsibility to some, and even give the impression of a more solid financial footing, a credit card company should not be allowed to market to students on campus.
When many young people first attend college, this is their opportunity to live on their own, away from their parents and many may not realize the amount of responsibility that will come with that. This may include obtaining a credit card. Once this realization comes to pass, it may be too late. They find themselves in a situation of unmanageable credit card debt. The buy-now-pay-later aspect of a credit card is very appealing to a student. This attitude is a common one amongst the young people who are more focused on things they want compared to the items they need. Students can easily obtain a credit card, but most likely will not fully understand the terms that these cards carry, such as fees and associated costs often hidden in the fine print of the contracts. Even though it is possible for banks and students alike to benefit from credit card use, the potential harm far outweighs those benefits.
The skills a student needs to handle a credit card effectively and all its responsibilities are not offered by way of a course on campus, and credit card companies are counting on this. It is well known that while a college student will be required to enroll in courses concerning sex education and substance abuse, education regarding financial responsibility has been pushed to the background, not being made a priority in the learning experience of the average college student (Soller, 2009). Without the proper education concerning appropriate use of credit, a student will quickly find themselves in a situation that can be difficult at best to resolve.
When a young student first entering college is given the opportunity to receive an item for the only cost of filling out a form for a credit card, it seems like an easy way to obtain something for nothing. The reality of this is a much darker scenario. The price is higher than most can comprehend, and one that can last a lifetime. A college age student may believe he or she is ready for the responsibility, though many will not completely understand the possible ramifications of over-use of credit cards, which can include a decline in grades and even early withdrawal from school (Sidoti, 2009). Students whose credit card debt has begun to grow out of hand may work multiple jobs or more hours in an attempt to handle the debt. The student may also try to take out additional loans to pay-off their credit card balances. The increased hours spent working leaves less time to study. Less time to study and stressing over their debt can lead to a drop in the studentís grades. Even worse than lowered grades, credit card debt can even contribute to students failing to graduate. In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the use of credit cards among college students which has led to concerns that this behavior is putting them at tremendous risk for high debt levels and misuse of credit after graduation (Lyons, 2004). What most students will not realize is that the debt they accumulate today can and will follow them into the coming years. This can lead to long-term financial problems. These problems can include unmanageable debt, bad credit, loan denials, bankruptcy, and even rejections by jobs, rental opportunities and professional schools because of the studentís bad credit (Ninfo II, 2010). The best way to avoid this type of situation is not to allow the credit card companies to market their products to students on campuses, requiring that they wait until such a time as graduation and full-time employment has been achieved by someone, thus allowing them the opportunity to have built the skills needed to effectively handle the responsibility that comes with credit card use.
New legislation signed into law on May 22, 2009, was a positive first step in helping prevent the predatory lending practices of many credit card companies, but it does not address them all. Students will still need to be taught the lessons of financial responsibility. With this law in effect, a student will only be allowed a credit limit of 20% of the income level (Silver-Greenberg, 2009), but is that enough to ensure a sound financial future for students? There is still no law to protect a student from being offered and accepting several credit cards, which will result in a debt that will be difficult to repay.
Understanding these hazards requires one to realize that credit card companies should not be allowed to entice a student into what will become a larger financial obligation and possible academic ruin by marketing on college campuses. The future of this younger generation and their financial well-being is at stake and must be protected, which can be accomplished only with proper education and eliminating the possibility for credit card companies to market to these students.


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