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Student credit cards and young credit

Students wary of new law restricting their access to credit cards

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Young adults will see their access to credit due restricted more than anyone else due to the Credit CARD Act of 2009.

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For years, credit card issuers have lavished attention on students. As potentially lucrative lifetime customers, they were courted — throughout the campus and especially near the football stadium — with T-shirts and pizzas and hats, for which many eagerly filled out credit card applications.

Those rules changed for good with the passage of credit card reform in May 2009. No longer the most coveted credit card consumers, students and all adults under 21 instead will see their access to credit restricted — no credit cards without proof of income or a co-signer — beginning in February 2010, when the new law kicks in. That makes the autumn of 2009 the last hurrah for card issuers under the old, unrestricted rules.

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See related:A comprehensive guide to the Credit CARD Act of 2009

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