Why you shouldn’t co-sign your grandkid’s student loan

College financial aid offers have been sent out, and the traditional May 1 deadline for high school seniors to pick their schools is fast approaching. That means all across this great land of ours, grandparents are getting hit up by would-be college students desperate to use their elders’ good credit.

Federal student loans don’t require co-signers, but private student loans typically do. If the student’s parents don’t have good credit scores or aren’t willing to co-sign, a loving grandparent may be asked to step in. In my latest for the Associated Press, why grandparents need to say no to co-signing student loans.

Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to help your partner’s credit without harming your own. Also in the news: Why Millennials can count on Social Security after all, 3 smart ways to supercharge your travel rewards, and the worst financial mistake a grandparent can make.

Help Your Partner’s Credit — Without Harming Your Own
Start by talking about it.

Millennials Can Count on Social Security After All
Good news!

3 Smart Ways to Supercharge Your Travel Rewards
Spend strategically.

This is the worst financial mistake a grandparent can make
No matter how well-intentioned.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

download (1)Today’s top story: How transferring a credit card balance could affect your credit score. Also in the news: How helicopter parents can damage their child’s financial future, what grandparents can do to help their grandchildren grow financially, and why planning on working through retirement could be a disaster.

Will Transferring a Credit Card Balance Hurt My Credit?
Where credit utilization ratio comes into play.

4 Ways Helicopter Parents Can Harm Their Kids’ Chances At Success
Building financial insecurity.

6 Ways to Help Your Grandchildren to a Great Financial Future
Counteracting helicopter parenting.

Why Planning to Work in Retirement Is a Risky Business
Health problems could interfere.