Discover it® Student Cash Back

Earn rewards and build a credit history3

No annual fee. No credit score required to apply*

Discover it® Cash Back Credit Card

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Discover it® Student Cash Back Card Benefits

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Discover it® Student Credit Card FAQs

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

When you graduate, call us to update your income and housing information, and you may become eligible for credit line increases.

Discover Student credit cards are meant to give you the opportunity to build your credit history, and earn cash back rewards on purchases.

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.3

  • 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.

To compare student cash back credit cards, look at the percentage of cash back each card offers, whether there's an annual fee, and what APR you'll pay on purchases. If you plan to travel outside the U.S., check whether there are foreign transaction fees. The Discover it Student Card has no annual fee, and it offers a low intro APR.

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Choose from several colorful card designs when you apply to become a cardmember. Go ahead – express yourself.

Designed just for students

x% Intro APR for x months on purchases. Then x% - x% Standard Variable Purchase APR will apply.

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Bring your Discover account with you on-the-go

Use your Discover student login to set alerts, viewing your Credit Scorecard will never impact your FICO® Score4 and more, all from your smartphone or tablet.


Online Privacy Protection: We’ll help you regularly remove your personal info from select people-search websites that could sell your data. It’s free, activate with the Discover app.11

Track and redeem cashback reward

Easily message us for customer service right from our app

Free Social Security number alerts: Get an alert if we find your Social Security Number on any of thousands of Dark Web sites. 5 Activate for free.

Freeze it® - If you misplace your card, you can prevent new purchases, cash advances, and balance transfers in seconds with the Freeze it® on/off switch on our mobile app and website.6

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Over 500,000 new student cardmembers referred by their friends since 2020

Refer a friend and get a statement credit for each friend who becomes a cardmember.7

Looking to get started with a student cash back card?

See how the Discover it® Student Cash Back Card is a great place to start.

*Based on the preceding 12 months of Discover Student credit card application data, applicants without a credit score may qualify. You must meet other applicable underwriting criteria. When we evaluate your creditworthiness, we consider all the information you provide on your application, your credit report, and other information. If you have a credit score, we may use that in our evaluation.

  1. Cashback Match: Only from Discover as of May 2024. 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.

  2. Acceptance: According to the Feb 2024 issue of the Nilson Report.

  3. Build 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 credit card accounts and loans may adversely impact your ability to build credit.

  4. 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 about the availability of your score. Your score, key factors and other credit information are available on 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.

  5. Discover® Identity Alerts (Alerts) are offered by Discover Bank at no cost, are available only online, and do not impact your credit score. The Alerts currently provide: (a) daily monitoring of your Experian® credit report and an alert when a new inquiry or account is listed on your report; (b) daily monitoring of thousands of Dark Web sites known for revealing personal information and an alert if your Social Security Number is found on such a website. Alerts are only provided to Primary cardmembers who agree to receive them online and whose accounts are open, in good standing, have a Social Security Number, and an email address on file. This benefit may change or end in the future. Discover Bank is not a credit repair organization as defined under federal or state law, including the Credit Repair Organizations Act. To see a list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit

  6. Freeze it®: When you freeze your account, Discover will not authorize new purchases, cash advances or balance transfers (including checks). However, some activity will continue including charges from merchants where your card is stored or billed regularly, as well as returns, credits, dispute adjustments, delayed authorizations (such as some transit purchases), payments, Discover protection product fees, other account fees, interest, rewards redemptions and certain other exempted transactions.

  7. Refer-a-Friend: Refer-a-Friend eligible cardmembers will receive a statement credit referral reward if the person they referred applies online for the specific offer sent via the digital link provided and is approved by 11:59 pm ET, December 31, 2024. Phone, mail-in, and other digital applications are not eligible for referral rewards. Maximum annual referral amount will be stated in individual referral offers upon login. You are not eligible to refer if you have a Discover it® Secured Credit Card, or Discover it® Business Card. Your account must be open and in good standing to receive your referral reward. Each eligible referral will receive a statement credit after making a purchase 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.

  8. Use Rewards at For complete details on how to Pay with Rewards at see Amazon is not a sponsor of this promotion. Amazon, the logo, the smile logo and all related marks are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates. To redeem your rewards at checkout, you must select the Discover Card from which you want to redeem rewards. If you do not pay for your full purchase with rewards, you may use the Discover Card from which the rewards were applied or an Gift Card to pay for the remainder of your purchase. You may not use a credit card from an issuer other than Discover or another Discover credit card enrolled in Shop with Points in conjunction with the rewards transaction.

  9. Use Rewards with PayPal: For complete details on how to Pay with Rewards with PayPal see Pay with Rewards with PayPal will be available for eligible credit cards on eligible purchases or rewards can be donated to support a charitable cause with PayPal Giving Fund. To learn more about Pay with Rewards, see terms and conditions.

    All reward redemptions are subject to Discover’s reward program terms. To redeem your rewards at checkout, you must select the Discover Card from which you want to redeem rewards. If you do not pay for your full purchase with rewards, you must use the Discover Card from which the rewards were applied to pay for the remainder of your purchase. You may not use a credit card from an issuer other than Discover or another Discover credit card enrolled in Pay with Rewards in conjunction with the rewards transaction.

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  10. About product reviews: We calculate the average product rating based on ratings that customers submit. We exclude some reviews from being displayed for reasons such as the customer included profanity, reviewed the wrong product, submitted inappropriate or irrelevant content, or revealed personally identifying information. Reviews are not filtered, edited, or deleted simply because they are negative or are lower rated. If a review is excluded, the associated rating is not calculated in the average product rating.

  11. Online Privacy Protection: Online Privacy Protection is offered by Discover Bank at no cost and only available in the mobile app. About every 90 days we will scan at least 10 people-search sites for your online personal information and help you submit opt-out requests. Types of personal information found on these sites will vary.

  12. Rewards Redemption: Rewards never expire. We reserve the right to determine the method to disburse your rewards balance. We will credit your Account or send you a check with your rewards balance if your Account is closed or if you have not used it within 18 months.

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