Going to College or Career School

Start with Smart Choices

Heading off to college is a time for new experiences, exploring academic interests, meeting new people and embracing newfound financial independence. However, financial independence comes with its share of risks and rewards. Are you prepared to make wise and informed financial decisions? Do you know how to recognize predatory credit offers? Can you properly manage a checking account? Do you have a savings plan? Do you understand your financial aid and how it will be repaid?

Smart financial choices you make today could help you achieve your future financial goals, like traveling or buying a car or home. However, money mistakes when you're just starting out can leave you in debt and negatively impact your credit score for a long period of time.