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BankAmericard for Students Review

overall rating
3.6

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The BankAmericard for Students doesn’t offer a one-time offer, but it does offer an introductory 0% APR for 15 billing cycles on new purchases. Balance transfers completed within 60 days after account opening are also eligible for 0% APR for 15 months along with a $0 balance transfer fee. This no-annual-fee card, part of the Mastercard network, is a good option for students who want to tackle high-interest credit card debt.

BankAmericard® for Students

Overall Rating
3.6
BankAmericard® for Students
On Bank of America's Secured Site.
Recommended Credit Score Our recommended ranges are based off of the FICO® Score 8 credit-scoring model. Credit score is one of the many factors lenders review in considering your application.
350 579
580 669
670 739
740 799
800 850
Good - Excellent
Regular APR (%) 12.99% - 22.99% variable
Annual Fee $0
Rewards Earning Rate This card does not offer a rewards program.
INTRO PURCHASE APR 0% for 15 Billing Cycles
INTRO BALANCE TRANSFER APR 0% for 15 Billing Cycles
Balance Transfer Fee Either $10 or 3% of the amount of each transaction, whichever is greater.
Foreign transaction fee (%) 3%
how this card stacks up
When compared among all student cards in our database:
Low Interest
Security/Customer Experience
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Benefits
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The BankAmericard Student Card is not one of our top-rated student credit cards. You can review our list of the best student credit cards for what we think are better options.

Full Review of BankAmericard for Students

Pros
  • Relatively long introductory APR period

  • No balance transfer fee (for 60 days)

Cons
  • No rewards program

  • 3% foreign transaction fee

  • Potentially high regular APR

Pros Explained

  • Relatively Long Introductory APR period: The BankAmericard for Students charges no interest for 15 billing cycles on either purchases or balance transfers, provided you complete the transaction within 60 days of opening an account. If you're making a major purchase or want to pay off a load of debt from another credit card you'll have over a year to pay down your balance without an APR constantly adding to it. That feature is a standout benefit for a student credit card. Most student cards don't have 0% APR promotional periods. The few that do offer them for a very limited time. For example, the Discover it Chrome for students card offers 0% APR on purchases, but only for six months. 
  • No Balance Transfer Fee (for 60 Days): When you transfer a credit card balance to another card, you typically have to pay a fee, a percentage of the amount you transfer over; if you’re transferring a significant (four-figure) amount, this charge can add up, impacting the cost-effectiveness of the transfer overall. The BankAmericard for Students' zero balance transfer fee (provided you complete the transaction within 60 days of opening your account) is another major benefit that isn’t commonly offered by a student credit card. Be aware, though, that after those introductory sixty days, this card does charge a 3% balance fee on each transfer, with a minimum charge of $10. So if you move fast, the savings can be significant. If you transferred a balance of $3,000 to your BankAmericard for Students card, you’d normally have to pay $90 to do so. But if you complete the transfer within the introductory 60 days, you’d save $90. 

Cons Explained

  • No Rewards Program: Unfortunately, the BankAmericard for Students doesn’t have a rewards program, so you won’t earn points, miles, or cash back when you make a purchase. Admittedly, most student credit cards have limited rewards programs, but there are a few that do offer 1% to 2% cash back. For example, the Journey Student credit card from Capital One allows you to earn 1% cash back on every purchase you make. If you pay your bill on time, your cash back rate will increase to 1.25%. 
  • 3% Foreign Transaction Fee: The BankAmericard for Students charges you a 3% fee on every transaction you make outside the country. Over time, that fee can cause you to pay hundreds more than you intended to spend. If you're planning on spending a semester abroad or traveling overseas for spring break, you might want to leave this card at home—and look for another one, like the Deserve Edu Mastercard, that doesn't charge for international expenditures.
  • High APR: Like most student credit cards, the BankAmericard for Students could potentially charge you a high APR after the promotional rate expires. Depending on your credit score and income, it might be as high as 22.99% variable.

This Card is Best For

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    Currently enrolled in an accredited four year college or university
    College Student

As the name says, this card is geared towards college students. More specifically, it’s geared towards college students carrying high-interest credit card debt who want to pay that balance off.

Here’s how taking advantage of the card's promo on balance transfers can work. If you had $3,000 in credit card debt on a card with 20% APR and a minimum payment of $90, it would take you 50 months to pay off your balance and you’d repay a total of $4,416; interest charges would cost you nearly $1,416. 

But let’s say you transferred your balance to the BankAmericard for Students within the first 60 days of opening an account to take advantage of 0% APR for 15 billing cycles and the introductory $0 balance transfer fee. If you kept making monthly payments of $90—and if your APR was 22.99% after the 15-month promotional offer expired—it would take you just 23 additional months to repay the remaining $1,650 of your debt (since you would have paid down $1,350 of your $3,000 during the 15 month interest-free promotional period). And, you’d repay a total of just $3,403. Completing a balance transfer would help you save $1,013 and you would have paid off your card balance a year sooner than otherwise. 

Standard Benefits

The BankAmericard for Students offers the following benefits, typical of most student credit cards: 

  • $0 liability guarantee on unauthorized transactions
  • View your FICO credit score for free on your statements, onine, or through the mobile banking app

Cardholder Experience

According to the J.D. Power Credit Card Satisfaction Study, Bank of America was ranked seventh out of 11 issuers—not the most ringing endorsement in terms of customer satisfaction overall. 

However, Bank of America does offer features that cater to students. In fact, Money.com ranked Bank of America as the best bank for college students in 2019, citing the budgeting features contained in its mobile app as a key perk that could help students manage their spending. 

You can reach Bank of America's customer service team 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-800-732-9194. 

Security Features

The card offers some basic security features that are common for all credit cards, including account monitoring and fraud alerts. 

Our Verdict

The BankAmericard for Students is a solid choice for college students looking to finance a major purchase, such as a new computer. It can also be ideal for those in a very specific situation—namely, burdened with high-interest debt from another card they're ready to start paying off. The card’s 0% APR for 15 billing cycles and zero transfer fee for transfers made in the first 60 days of account opening offer efficient ways to do both, potentially saving hundreds of dollars in interest charges for over a year.  

However, once the promotional period expires, the card offers little value. With no rewards program and few benefits, it’s pretty bare-bones, even by student-card standards. Kids who don’t already have a lot of debt are likely better off choosing another credit card that offers rewards so they can earn points or cash back on routine expenses.

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BankAmericard® for Students
overall rating
3.6
BankAmericard® for Students
Recommended Credit Score Our recommended ranges are based off of the FICO® Score 8 credit-scoring model. Credit score is one of the many factors lenders review in considering your application.
350 579
580 669
670 739
740 799
800 850
Good - Excellent
Regular APR (%) 12.99% - 22.99% variable
Annual Fee $0
INTRO PURCHASE APR 0% for 15 Billing Cycles
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We have applied our proprietary rating methodology to every generally-accepted credit card in the U.S. domestic market to allow consumers to make fully informed choices. It’s important to note that for our overall score that we make a number of assumptions about how you would be using your credit card:
  1. While we make no assumption as to whether balances are carried on a given card we do assign varying weights to all credit cards’ introductory APR (if present) in addition to the regular, long term purchase and balance transfer interest rates.
  2. We utilize BLS (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) income and average category spending data to calculate annual earnings rates for rewards cards that offer cash back, points or miles rewards at a set rate on all spending or in consideration of bonus rewards for certain spending categories, like gasoline, groceries, restaurants or travel.
  3. We determine the maximum points value of rewards cards by dividing the points, cash back or miles required to exchange for the retail price of the most valuable redemption option (for example, in the case of a card that offers a domestic roundtrip airline ticket as a redemption option vs. another redemption option of lesser value that requires the same amount of points or miles to acquire, we would base the rewards value on the airline ticket).
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  • Low or Reasonable Fees Credit card fees come in many forms but the primary ones involve those for annual card membership and balance transfer. There are a myriad of reward and non-reward card options that charge no annual fee but for the many that do assess an annual fee the cost is often justified by their lucrative ongoing rewards and initial signup bonuses. Balance transfer fees are occasionally waived during introductory periods with certain cards, a factor which is heavily and positively weighted in our scoring model for cards offering this benefit. When charged, balance transfer fees range between 3% - 5%, which we grade accordingly. Other standard fees can generally be avoided, such as those for paying late or taking cash advances but we rate those relative to other cards in the market for reference, though with less weight assigned
  • Competitive Interest Many cards offer 0% introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for varying lengths and then revert to a permanent or regular APR (based on a variable rate tied to the prime rate) that applies to any balances not paid in full. We rate both introductory APR percentage and length (in months) along with the midpoint of the variable regular APR interest rate range.
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  • Excellent Benefits Credit card benefits cover a range of offerings like concierge service, TSA Pre-check, auto rental coverage, travel accident insurance, lost luggage assistance and free credit scores. We rate cards on the number and level of over a dozen standard and upscale benefits and provide extra weighting emphasis for those travel-related perks that apply to premium travel cards when present.
  • Solid Security/Customer Service Security and customer service features like lost or stolen card replacement, being able to lock one’s card from an issuer app and 24 hour customer support are becoming more standard across the card market and we provide a significant amount of weighting to features in this area.
  • You can also read the full version of our methodology for a more in-depth look at how we assess cards and award them the best in various categories.