MONEY: FINANCE 101

Giant lecture halls can be easier to navigate than those first credit-card bills. Some tips for new students:

^ CampusEdge is a new checking account from Bank of America (bankof america.com) that comes with a Stuff Happens card that kids can use once to get an overdraft fee waived.

^ MBNA offers a MasterCard through www.collegeparents.com that allows parents to set credit limits and peruse the charges, but lets students learn by paying the bills.

^ Find the best rates and fees on student cards at cardweb.com.

^ Campus credit unions often have better deals than big banks, so check out your school's options before opening an account at the behemoth down the street.

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