St. Bonaventure University

Talking to Your Child About Money


Current tuition and fees can be found on the Undergraduate Tuition and Fees page.

Information on credit card payments, electronic check payments and Tuition Management Services can be found on the Business Office Web site.

Usually, when talking about money and college, that's exactly the kind of information that comes to mind: financial aid and tuition. But there are several other discussion points that can impact your student and you.

For many students, this is the first time in their lives that they will be able to assert their financial independence, even if they still rely on you to pay most of their bills. Students will have to budget their spending money throughout the semester and they will undoubtedly be solicited by many credit card companies.   

You’ve probably told your student to "study hard" and "do your best," but it is important for you to also educate your student on budgeting, balancing a checking account, money management and appropriate credit card use. Otherwise, your student could be paying for this morning’s latte and last night's pizza long after she finishes paying off her student loans.

For more information about college students and credit cards, view the following articles through their links below:

Plastic Peril: Credit Cards and Students, by Joan E. Lisante, ConsumerAffairs.Com 
Credit Card Smarts, www.collegeboard.com 
Do College Students Need Credit Cards? Hardly. by Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post