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Student Credit Cards

Student credit cards are designed for college students who don’t yet have a full-time income or established credit history. These cards give applicants without a credit history a better chance of approval than mainstream credit cards while still offering perks like 0% intro APRs and rewards programs. In most cases, you can upgrade student credit cards to a regular credit card after a year or two of responsible use.

Discover it® for Students

Great For: Helping students build good credit history.

Credit Needed: Fair

Average Approved Score: 661*

Lowest Approved Score: 614*

  • No annual fee. No overlimit fee. No foreign transaction fee. No late fee on your first late payment. And paying late won't increase your APR.*
  • 5% cash back at gas stations on up to $1,500 in purchases from July through September 2014 after you sign up*. 1% cash back on all other purchases.
  • Free FICO® Credit Score online and on monthly statements.*
  • Talk to a real person any time with 100% U.S.-based service. Looks out for you-since each Discover purchase is monitored. If it's unusual, you're alerted by e-mail, phone or text-and never responsible for unauthorized Discover card purchases.*
  • 0% intro APR* on purchases for 6 months, then the standard variable purchase APR of 12.99% - 21.99%.
  • Free text alerts can remind you when your payment is due. And free mobile app helps you stay on top of your account.
  • *Click "Apply Now" to see rates, rewards, free FICO® Credit Score terms and other information.
Intro APR
Purchases
Intro Term
Purchases
Intro APR
Balance Transfers
Intro Term
Balance Transfers
Regular APR Annual Fee
0% 6 Months See Terms See Terms 12.99% – 21.99%* Variable $0

Discover it® for Students with $20 Cashback Bonus

Great For: Helping students build good credit history.

Credit Needed: Fair

Average Approved Score: 659*

Lowest Approved Score: 612*

  • Experience our cash rewards with $20 Cashback Bonus® after you make your first purchase within 3 months of approval.*
  • 5% cash back at gas stations on up to $1,500 in purchases from July through September 2014 after you sign up*. 1% cash back on all other purchases automatically.
  • No annual fee. No overlimit fee. No foreign transaction fee. No late fee on your first late payment. And paying late won't increase your APR.*
  • Free FICO® Credit Score online and on monthly statements.*
  • Talk to a real person any time with 100% U.S.-based service.
  • Looks out for you-since each Discover purchase is monitored. If it's unusual, you're alerted by e-mail, phone or text-and never responsible for unauthorized Discover card purchases.*
  • *Click "Apply Now" to see rates, rewards, free FICO® Credit Score terms and other information."
Intro APR
Purchases
Intro Term
Purchases
Intro APR
Balance Transfers
Intro Term
Balance Transfers
Regular APR Annual Fee
N/A N/A See Terms See Terms 12.99% – 21.99%* Variable $0

Discover it® chrome for Students

Great For: Cash back rewards in categories like dining and gas.

Credit Needed: Fair

Average Approved Score: 653*

Lowest Approved Score: 586*

  • No annual fee. No overlimit fee. No foreign transaction fee. No late fee on your first late payment. And paying late won't increase your APR.*
  • 2% cash back on up to $1,000 in combined purchases at restaurants and gas stations every quarter-no sign-ups needed*. 1% cash back on all your other purchases.
  • 0% intro APR on purchases for 6 months-then a variable purchase APR applies, currently 12.99% - 21.99%.
  • APR won't go up if you pay late.*
  • Free FICO® Credit Score online and on your monthly statement so you can track your score's progress*.
  • Free text alerts can remind you when your payment is due. And free mobile app helps you stay on top of your account.
  • 100% U.S. based customer service-anytime, day and night.
  • *Click "Apply Now" to see rates, rewards, free FICO® Credit Score terms and other information.
Intro APR
Purchases
Intro Term
Purchases
Intro APR
Balance Transfers
Intro Term
Balance Transfers
Regular APR Annual Fee
0%* 6 Months See Terms See Terms 12.99% – 21.99%* Variable $0

About Student Credit Cards

Student credit cards offer a low-risk way for young people to establish a credit history before entering the “real world”. Building up your credit history may seem unimportant when you have things like finals or finding a summer internship to think about, but starting early and building up your credit history is one of the best things you can do for your future self. Without a credit history, you will find it impossible to get approved for a large loan (like a mortgage or auto loan) because your credit history is a critical factor in determining your overall credit score.

Opening a credit card account is the best way to build credit history, and opening a student credit card while you’re still young offers the additional chance to make responsible credit card habits second nature. Even if you don’t need (or want!) a credit card, you should use it monthly to buy some groceries or a tank of gas, making sure that you pay it off in full every month before your monthly statement.

*This information is provided through a relationship with CreditKarma.com. Credit Karma members have received approvals with these TransUnion New Account credit scores. Please note that because other factors may affect credit card approval, these approval metrics are only guidelines and approval is not guaranteed.