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We push beyond the benefits of basic student credit cards with generous cash back on every purchase, recognition for your good grades* as well as the security and service Discover customers expect.**
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.
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.
A credit card is a card that allows you to borrow money (or credit) to pay for your purchases. You later have to repay the credit card company for what you borrowed, plus any interest built on that purchased amount.
Generally, you cannot build a credit history with a debit card.
When you use a debit card, you are accessing funds in your bank account. This is regardless of whether you use it at the ATM, at a store, online, or even via the telephone.
When you use a credit card, you are borrowing money from the credit card issuer. If you don't repay that full amount by the next billing cycle, you may be charged interest on these purchases.
A billing cycle is a period of time between billings. A billing cycle is recurring and usually on a monthly basis. A credit card company will summarize all the purchases you've made in that cycle and send you a bill for the total amount at the end of the cycle.
A minimum payment is the smallest amount you can pay on your credit card bill to avoid late fees and remain in good standing.
Imagine you received your credit card statement after a weekend road trip, and find out that you owe $400. If you make the $50 minimum payment by the due date, your payment will be considered on time and you would now only owe $350. Regardless, you will likely start owing interest on that amount, and will have to pay back, in addition to that $350, down the road.
If you pay less than the minimum, or make the payment after the due date, your payment will be late and you may be charged a late fee.
Your balance is the amount of money you owe to the credit card company. Each purchase adds to your credit card balance, along with any interest or fees. When you make a payment, your balance will decrease.
For example, pretend you used your credit card to spend $200 on groceries and gas. You would then have a $200 credit card balance.
If you decided to pay $80 back to the credit card company the following day, your new balance would be $120.
Interest is the cost of borrowing money.
Let's say you borrow $200 dollars to buy a concert ticket to see your favorite artist, and this debt has a 10% monthly interest rate.
The first month you will be charged twenty dollars (200 x 0.10). That twenty dollars is added to your original debt, so now you have $220 of debt.
The second month you are again charged 10% interest, which now comes out to twenty–two dollars (220 x 0.10). Now you have $242 of debt.
As you can see, this will add up quickly if you don't pay your debt off on time.
For credit cards, the interest rate is stated as an Annual Percentage Rate, or APR.
Your APR—or annual percentage rate—is a statement of the interest rate as a yearly rate. Let's say you started a new term and charged $500 for books, with an 18% APR. If you never made any payments over the 12 months, you would owe an extra $90 annually.
An annual fee is a fee that may be charged on a yearly basis for maintaining a credit card.
A credit bureau is a company that collects information about your credit history, and makes it available to lenders (including credit card companies), employers, landlords, banks and others.
Your credit line is the total amount you can spend on your card, whereas your available credit indicates the remaining amount of credit in your credit line, less the amount you already borrowed.
For example, imagine you have a $1000 credit line and just bought a $300 furniture set. Your available credit would then become $700. You can find out how much credit line you have on your statement, or in your account center at Discover.com. Or you can call us here
Income is only one piece of information we’ll consider when evaluating whether or not someone qualifies for a student credit card. And if you’re 21, you can include another person’s income if it’s available to you. If you’re under 21, you can consider another person’s income if it’s regularly deposited into your account.
The answer may depend on if you’re in college. The best credit cards for college students are usually no-annual-fee student credit cards. Credit card companies use slightly different criteria when deciding whether or not someone qualifies for a student credit card and generally don’t require the same kind of credit history or income they would for a standard consumer card. The best credit cards for college students also come with rewards on every purchase and top benefits like being able to track your credit score over time.
If you’re not a college student and are using credit cards for the first time, you may consider a secured credit card that requires a security deposit if you’re not approved for a standard credit card. Secured credit cards are a great way for non-students to build their credit history.
A credit history helps inform your credit score. This credit score helps predict how likely you are to pay back the borrowed credit. Companies use credit scores to make decisions in offering a credit card, car loans, mortgages, or other credit products.
Cash back refers to earning back a percentage of the money you spend on your credit card. After you've earned these cash rewards, you will be able to use them by redeeming for things like bank deposits, statement credits, gift cards to popular retailers, and more.
Many cards offer 1% cash back or more on purchases. For example, say you spent $50 buying coffee for your study group, and your card gives you 1% cash back on this purchase. When you receive your credit card statement at the end of the month, this particular purchase would have given you .50 cash back to redeem.
There are 5 things you need when applying online:
Be at least 18 years of age
Have a U.S. Address
Have a Social Security Number
Provide all the required information requested in your Discover application
Show proof of education
While Discover doesn’t share the minimum credit score required to get approved for a Discover student credit card, we do consider information other than credit scores in student credit card applications. We’re excited to offer two of the best credit cards for students to start building their credit histories.
After Getting Your Discover Student Credit Card
While the concept of "building credit" may sound like a lot of hard work, it's a fairly simple process. These are ways to build your credit responsibly:
Make all payments on-time
Either pay your balance in full, or try to pay more than your minimum each month
Avoid carrying a balance -- meaning you pay your balance in full and on time each month -- in order to avoid paying interest on purchase.
Discover offers many easy ways to let you make a payment on your account:
b. Set up Direct Pay to make automatic payments in the amount you choose each month
c. Payments can be made online, on our mobile app, through a live chat, or you can call us at 1-800-DISCOVER
While paying a bill can be daunting, Discover offers convenient email and text alerts you can activate to help you when the following happens:
a. Your statement is available.
b. Your minimum payment is due.
c. Your payment is posted.
d. Your card is declined.
e. Merchant refund is posted.
f. Balance transfer is posted.
These alerts can also be cancelled at any time. Interested? You can sign up here
Feel like you are ready to take on more credit? You can apply by requesting an increase online, or you can call us at 1-800-DISCOVER.
When you graduate, call us to update your income and personal information such as your income, housing, e-mail and address. Updating this information may make you eligible for credit line increases.
While many things might be changing in your life, your Discover Student card doesn't have to. You'll still keep all the same rewards and benefits on your credit card. When you graduate, we encourage current student card members to call us to update their personal information such as income, housing, e-mail and address. This may make you eligible for credit line increases.