Attention students: Read the fine print!

From the The Ottawa Citizen:

Attention, university students: If you simply must have the free T-shirt that comes with signing up for a credit card this frosh week, do try to read the fine print on the associated contract. That’s the message the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada is trying to get out in the weeks before students land on campuses awash with marketers hunting for signatures on the dotted line.

. . . A tip sheet aimed at students, published yesterday on the agency’s website (, offers 10 pieces of advice on contractual obligations such as “Pay attention to details before signing a written contract” and “Understand everything in the contract before agreeing to it.”

Though that advice may seem obvious, seemingly-obvious advice just might be what university students need these days when signing their first contracts for credit cards, cellphones, bank accounts, gym memberships or even jobs.