Students know that earning good grades will pay off in the long run, but it can also be nice to have incentives to do well in college. Discover offers two credit cards that reward students each school year when they maintain high grades as part of the Discover Good Grades program. Earn more about the Good Grades program and the credit cards associated with it:

  1. How the Discover Good Grades Program Works
  2. The Two Discover Credit Cards That Reward Students

1.How the Discover Good Grades Program Works

Students who earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher each school year for up to the next five years can get a $20 statement credit each year.

To be eligible to receive this Cashback Bonus®, you have to indicate on your credit card application that you’re currently enrolled in college or graduate school. You also have to have your payments current and your account open at the time you apply for the Good Grades Reward.

To register your grades, log on to your account at and enter your GPA (or equivalent) for any term during the school year. Discover may request additional documentation to verify your GPA. Then, your Good Grades Reward will be added to your Cashback Bonus® account within one to two billing cycles.

2.The Two Discover Credit Cards That Reward Students

In addition to the Good Grades Rewards program, the Discover it® Student Cash Back and Discover it® Chrome for Students cards also include several other benefits that can be valuable to students.

  • With the Discover it® Student Cash Back card, you earn 5 percent cash back at different everyday places each quarter like grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, rideshares and online shopping (,, PayPal and more), up to the quarterly maximum each time you activate. And 1 percent cash back on everything else – automatically.
  • With the Discover it® Chrome for Students card, you earn 2 percent cash back at restaurants and gas stations, on up to $1,000 in combined purchases each quarter, and 1 percent cash back on all other purchases.

With these cards you will automatically earn unlimited Cashback MatchTM at the end of your first year as a new cardmember, equal to all of the rewards you earn your first year. There’s no minimum spending or maximum rewards.  Just dollar-for-dollar match – only from Discover.

Published May 1,2017.

Updated May 29, 2020.

Cashback Match: We’ll match all the cash back rewards you’ve earned on your credit card from the day your new account is approved through your first 12 consecutive billing periods or 365 days, whichever is longer, and add it to your rewards account within two billing periods. You’ve earned cash back rewards only when they’re processed, which may be after the transaction date. We will not match: rewards that are processed after your match period ends; statement credits; rewards transfers from Discover checking or other deposit accounts; or rewards for accounts that are closed. This promotional offer may not be available in the future and is exclusively for new cardmembers. No purchase minimums.

Good Grade Reward only available to new cardmembers on or after 7/23/2015 who indicate on their application that they are currently enrolled in college, and whose accounts are current and remain open when the Good Grade Reward is requested. Students with a Discover it® or Discover it® Chrome card who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent) during a School Year (September - August) may apply at for a $20 statement credit ("Good Grade Reward"). One Good Grade Reward per School Year, per account, up to a maximum of five (5) consecutive years from the date your account is opened. Terms of Good Grade Reward Offer are subject to change.

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