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Money Tips for Students, November 2013

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Students should be aware of their credit report
Students should be aware that they are building a credit report whenever they take out a loan, even a student loan, according to KHEAA.
A credit report shows everything about your past and current credit history. It will list every loan you have, to whom you pay it, your loan balance, your credit limit and if you pay early, on time or late.
The report itself does not tell potential lenders if you are a good or bad credit risk. It simply provides the details the lenders can use, along with a credit score, to make that determination.
Other information on your credit report includes:
·Your personal identifying information.
·Any public records such as tax liens, court judgments and bankruptcies.
·A list of any company that has requested a copy of your credit report.
·Any statements you have submitted disputing something in the report.
Your credit report should not show your bank balance, race, religion, income, criminal record or driving record. Nor should it have anything about your health, although medical bills may show up as debt.
To get a copy of your free annual credit report from each of the three credit bureaus, go to
KHEAA is a public, non-profit agency established in 1966 to improve students’ access to college. It provides information about financial aid and financial literacy at no cost to students and parents. KHEAA provides the ThinkAhead Net Price Calculator to universities and colleges. The calculator, available on a school’s website, lets students and parents determine their out-of-pocket costs for attending that school. KHEAA also helps colleges manage their student loan default rates and verify information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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