Discover® Student Credit Cards

Explore the best Discover student credit cards to build credit history during college.

Check out these Discover® student credit card offers that let you earn cash back rewards in college while building a credit history to help you after graduation. You can even view your FICO® Credit Score for free.1

No annual fee

Discover it® Student Cash Back credit card

Student Cash Back

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5% cash back at places you love to shop

Students earn 5% cash back on everyday purchases during the school year (and all year long) at different places each quarter, such as

 

Amazon.com8

Grocery stores

Restaurants

Gas stations

When you pay using PayPal9

 

up to the quarterly maximum when you activate.

 

And all your other purchases still earn 1% cash back automatically, with no limit.


Discover it® Student Chrome credit card

Chrome for Students

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2% cash back at gas stations and restaurants

Earn 2% cash back at

 

gas stations

restaurants (including cafes and fast-food)

 

on up to $1,000 in combined purchases each quarter.2

 

Plus, earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases like books, groceries and college staples with the student Discover card designed for your lifestyle, on campus and off.


Rewards and benefits designed with college students in mind

Low intro APR

The student Discover card starts at 0% intro APR †† for 6 months on purchases. Then 12.99% to 21.99% Standard Variable Purchase APR will apply. And there's no annual fee.

 

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Jumpstart your credit history

Whether you're brand new or already have some credit history, a student Discover card lets you earn great rewards while building credit with responsible use6. This includes making all of your payments on time to your Discover account  or any other bills and loans.

Bring your account on campus and off

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Use your Discover student login to set alerts, view your FICO® Score for free1 and more, all from your smartphone, tablet or wearable.

Discover App lets you see recent activities related to your account

Student credit card FAQ

After you graduate from college, your student credit card will become a standard credit card. You’ll keep the same cash back program and card design. And you may qualify for a credit line increase to handle expenses more easily after school.

When used responsibly, Discover student credit cards are a great way to build credit while earning cash back rewards on every purchase. That’s because Discover reports your credit history to the three major credit bureaus so it can help build your credit if used responsibly. Late payments, delinquencies or other derogatory activity with your other credit card accounts and loans may adversely impact your ability to build credit. So be sure to make smart choices with your student credit card, like always making at least your minimum payment or more on time.

We approve credit cards for college students as quickly as we can. Sometimes that’s right away online. But if we need more information about a student credit card application, we’ll reach out and communicate next steps toward getting your student card as quickly as possible. Applying with your .edu email address from school may help us to speed up the process of your application.

You might need a new student credit card for a number of reasons, but simply replacing your credit card will not affect your credit score. Also, you’re never held responsible for unauthorized purchases on your Discover account.

Credit cards for college students work best when you make purchases you’re sure you can pay off. In fact, you can avoid paying interest on student credit card purchases entirely by paying off your entire student card balance due on your monthly statement in full and on time every month. You’ll still enjoy all your rewards and other student card benefits without paying interest charges. Note you will pay interest if you take any balance transfers or cash advances.

A regular credit card for people with an established credit history is different than a credit card for students with no credit or a short credit history. Student credit cards may have a lower credit limit, so students can get started, practice responsible use and build their credit history. Over time, credit cards for students may allow an increase to their credit line, as students show responsible use when managing their credit.

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Ready to apply for a Discover student credit card?

Checking for pre-approval won't hurt your credit score.

Need to brush up on your credit card basics?

See our helpful articles on student credit cards below.

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  1. FICO® Credit Score Terms: Your FICO® Credit Score, key factors and other credit information are based on data from TransUnion® and may be different from other credit scores and other credit information provided by different bureaus. This information is intended for and only provided to Primary account holders who have an available score. See Discover.com/FICO about the availability of your score. Your score, key factors and other credit information are available on Discover.com and cardmembers are also provided a score on statements. Customers will see up to a year of recent scores online. Discover and other lenders may use different inputs, such as FICO® Credit Scores, other credit scores and more information in credit decisions. This benefit may change or end in the future. FICO is a registered trademark of Fair Isaac Corporation in the United States and other countries.


    If you prefer not to receive your FICO® Credit Score just call us at 1-800-DISCOVER (1-800-347-2683). Please give us two billing cycles to process your request. To learn more, visit Discover.com/FICO.

  2. You earn a full 2% Cashback Bonus® on your first $1000 in combined purchases at Gas Stations (stand-alone), and Restaurants each calendar quarter. Calendar quarters are defined as the three-month periods beginning January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. Purchases at Gas Stations and Restaurants over the quarterly cap, and all other purchases, earn 1% cash back. Purchases made at Gas Stations include only merchants in the category that sell automotive gasoline that can be paid for either at the pump or inside the station. Gas Stations affiliated with supermarkets and supercenters may not be eligible. Restaurant purchases include only those made at merchants classified as full-service restaurants, cafes, cafeterias and fast food locations. Certain digital wallet transactions qualify for 2% Cashback Bonus, for more information see Discover.com/digitalwallets. Purchases made through third-party payment accounts, mobile or wireless card readers, virtual wallets or similar technology will not be eligible if the technology does not provide sufficient transaction details for rewards qualification. 2% Cashback Categories: In accordance with standard industry practices, merchants are assigned a merchant category code (MCC) typically based on their line of business, or the type of products and/or services they primarily sell or provide. Discover Card does not assign MCCs to merchants. Even if you make purchases at a merchant of items that appear to fit in a rewards category, the merchant may not have an assigned MCC in that rewards category. Only purchases made from merchants located in the United States are eligible for 2% Cashback Bonus. In order for a purchase to qualify for the 2% Cashback Bonus Program, the transaction date must be before or on the last day of the offer or promotion. Rewards are added to your Cashback Bonus account within two billing periods. See Cashback Bonus Program Terms and Conditions for more information about your rewards.

  3. Cashback Match: Only from Discover, as of August 2021. 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.

  4. Good Grade: 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 Discover.com 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.

  5. Refer-a-Friend: Refer-a-Friend eligible cardmembers will receive a statement credit referral reward if their friend applies for the specific offer sent via the link provided and is approved by December 31, 2021. Referral reward statement credit amounts range from $50 to $100 and maximum annual referral amount will be stated in individual referral offers upon login. You are not eligible to refer a friend if you have a Discover it® Secured Credit Card, or Discover it® Business Card. Your account must be in good standing to receive your referral reward. Each eligible friend who was referred will receive a statement credit after making a purchase that posts to their account within three months of opening a new Discover account. Existing Discover cardmembers and those who have opted out of receiving marketing communications from Discover are not eligible referrals. You will not be notified whether a specific referral was approved or declined. Please allow up to 1-2 billing periods for the statement credit to post to your account after each referral is approved. Statement credits you receive may be taxable to you. Please contact your tax advisor. Offer may not be combined with any other introductory offer.

  6. Builds credit with responsible use: Discover reports your credit history to the three major credit bureaus so it can help build your credit if used responsibly. Late payments, delinquencies or other derogatory activity with your other credit card accounts and loans may impact your ability to build credit.

  7. Acceptance: According to the Feb 2021 issue of the Nilson Report.

  8. Amazon: Amazon is not a sponsor of this promotion. Amazon, the Amazon.com logo and the smile logo are trademarks of Amazon or its affiliates.

  9. PayPal: PayPal, the PayPal logo are trademarks of PayPal or its Affiliates. Listed merchants are in no way sponsoring or affiliated with this program.