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14 Dec 2019

Go Direct Personal Finance News  2009

Graduate finance

As another academic year closes, many graduates are leaving university to enter very challenging times. Unemployment remains high and could increase further once public sector cuts are fully realised, leaving limited job opportunities for graduates.

The transition of moving from full time study to full time employment can be a difficult period, but its important graduates prioritise on tackling what is likely to be a large student debt.

 

Michelle Slade, Spokesperson for Moneyfacts.co.uk, comments:

“After years of studying, it is unlikely that sorting out their finances is the first thing on graduates’ minds, but with many leaving university owing a five figure sum, finding the best graduate account for their circumstances could help save them money.

“Many graduates will inevitably remain loyal to their student account provider, but there is no reason why they can’t switch to get a better deal.

“The interest free overdraft of a graduate account is the most important element.

“By finding an account offering the highest level of interest free borrowing, graduates can ensure they don’t pay more interest than they need too.

“Most graduates will have more debt than the interest free limit, so finding an account charging a competitive rate on any additional borrowing is vital.

“The Barclays Bank Graduate Additions account charges a £7pm fee, but the additional £1,000 interest-free overdraft in the first year compared to other non fee paying accounts makes it worth considering.

“Many accounts offer incentives in order to attract your business, but they should be a bonus and not the reason for selecting the account.

“Graduates shouldn’t bury their heads in the sand over their debt. By working out exactly how much they owe, they can set themselves a monthly budget and decide how much they can afford to repay.

“As with any debt, paying off those charging the highest rates of interest first is key.

“Credit card debt is typically the most expensive and should be repaid first, while the interest payable on a student loan is much lower.

“Graduates are key targets for banks, as many will go on to well paid jobs and will likely buy other financial products such as mortgages from them in future.

“Most banks offer specialist advice services for graduates, which will offer invaluable advice for anyone struggling with student debt.”

Graduate Accounts

Provider

Account

Account Fee

Credit Interest

Interest Free Overdraft

Authorised Overdraft

Incentives

Barclays Bank

Graduate Account

Nil

Nil

Year 1 - £1,500, Year 2 - £1,000

19.3%

Specialist advice service

Barclays Bank

Graduate Additions

£7pm

0.10%

Year 1 - £3,000, Year 2 - £2,000, Year 3 - £1,000,
Year 4 - £500,
Year 5 - £200

14.9%

Specialist advice service, mobile phone, gadget and travel insurance, breakdown cover

HSBC

Graduate Bank Account

Nil

Nil

Year 1 - £1,500, Year 2 - £1,000

19.9%

Preferential savings rates, commission free travel money and identity theft assistance

Lloyds TSB

Graduate

Nil

0.10%

Year 1 - £2,000, Year 2 - £1,500, Year 3 - £1,000

16.8%

Specialist advice service, mobile banking pack and commission free travellers cheque and currency

NatWest

Graduate

Nil

0.10%

Year 1 - £2,000, Year 2 - £1,000, Year 3 - £500

17.81%

Specialist advice service and commission free travellers cheque and currency

Royal Bank of Scotland

Graduate Royalties

Nil

1.02%

Year 1 - £2,000, Year 2 - £1,500, Year 3 - £1,000

9.9%

Preferential savings and loan rates, travel discounts plus discounts on gigs and shows.

Santander

Graduate Account

Nil

0.10%

Year 1 - £2,000, Year 2 - £1,000, Year 3 - £500

9.9%

Specialist advice service

Santander

Post Graduate Account

Nil

0.10%

Year 1 - £1,000, Year 2 - £1,500, Year 3 - £1,800,
Year 4 - £1,800

9.9%

Specialist advice service

Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk 2.8.10.

 

 

Moneyfacts Group
Moneyfacts is the UK’s leading independent provider of personal financial information and our data is used and trusted throughout the financial industry.

 

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