HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 8, 2014 – High Point University students today had the opportunity to hear from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, who visited HPU as the first stop on his “College Cash & Credit Tour” of six colleges across state.
Cooper, along with other attorneys and staff from his Consumer Protection Division and Victims and Citizens Services Section, spoke to students about the importance of educating themselves about student loans, credit and debit cards, and the risk of identity theft.
“It is great to be at High Point University, surrounded by the young men and women who will be the leaders of the future,” said Cooper in his presentation to students. “The financial decisions you make today can impact your future. Taking the time to learn how to be a smarter consumer now will pay off for years to come.”
The Attorney General’s Office also provided students a checklist of steps to protect themselves from consumer problems, including knowing what you owe on student loans and understanding options for paying them off, comparing credit card interest rates, how to check your credit report and freeze it to prevent identity theft, and strategies for protecting your personal information while using Wi-Fi and social media.
Cooper encouraged the students to not only reference the information themselves, but to distribute it to other HPU students on campus so that they could take advantage of the Attorney General’s financial tips as well.
“We want you to be emissaries today,” Cooper said. “We want you to go out and tell all your friends about this.”
He will visit five other universities throughout the state this week.