Federal Trade Commission with BU, NU, Suffolk, & UMass Boston Teach Credit Smarts to Boston Students

"Get credit card savvy"

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The Federal Trade Commission’s Northeast Regional Office will hold a press conference to kick off its partnership with Boston University, Northeastern University, Suffolk University, UMass Boston and college lender Nellie Mae to launch Project Credit Smarts a campaign to educate area college students about responsible credit card use.


Barbara Anthony, Regional Director, FTC, Northeast Region
Lilly LaBranche, Northeastern University sophomore with her credit card story
W. Norman Johnson, Vice President & Dean of Students, Boston University
Beth Kobliner, Author of The New York Times Best Seller, Get a Financial Life
Ron Martel, Dean of Student Life, Northeastern University
Dr. Nancy C. Stoll, Dean of Students, Suffolk University
Stephanie C. Janey, Dean of Students, UMass Boston
Nina Prikazsky, Vice President, Operations, Nellie Mae


Wednesday, September 4, 2002 at 11:00 AM

Where: Boston University Campus
775 Commonwealth Avenue

On plaza in front of Sherman Student Union Building

Almost 200,000 students are now coming to the Boston metro area's colleges and universities over 25,000 as freshmen. These teens are targets for high pressure -- and sometimes unscrupulous -- credit card offers. The FTC's "Project Credit Smarts" -- a crash course for freshmen and other students on how to survive the high pressure tactics of credit card promoters -- is coming to the Boston area. And Credit Smarts is not just for students. With consumers feeling a bit helpless in the wake of recent business scandals and the plunging stock market, consumers must exercise control over their finances now more than ever. Beth Kobliner, best-selling author and financial news commentator, will be on hand to offer consumer tips on how to control personal spending and debt.


FTC : Cindy Kapadia, (212) 607-2807 or Michele Stolls, (212) 607-2834
BU : Allen Ward, (617) 353-6310


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