Six Smart Financial Steps for Recent College Grads

With a fresh college diploma in hand, it’s time for grads to get a handle on finances

First comes the diploma, then come the questions: To dive right into work, to travel or pursue an advanced degree? Where to live? What kind of career to pursue?

Behind the major life choices that confront recent college graduates once they leave school lurks a single, fundamental issue: finances.

By taking just a few basic but vitally important financial steps straight out of college, new grads can provide themselves with the foundation on which to build a thriving life in the “real world,” whatever direction they choose to take after graduation, according to the Financial Planning Association, the largest organization of personal finance experts in the United States. Those steps include:

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