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Student Credit Card Applications - What's Involved?

Feb 15, 2008
If you've never looked a credit application before, it's best that you know exactly what's on that application and how you can apply properly. Whether it's your first credit card or you've just simply forgotten the procedure, this article will guide you through the application process on what you can expect when you fill out your application online.

Before you apply for your first credit card as a student, you must meet the following guidelines, if you don't meet these guidelines, you may have to apply for another credit card or if you're under the age of 18, you will have to wait.

- You must be at least 18 years of age. There is no exception to this rule. Credit cards are intended for adults. If you're not an adult, you can't apply, it's the law.

- You must be a valid US citizen with a valid social security number. Credit card companies will check your identity. If something seems fishy, they won't distribute the card to you. Make sure that you have a valid social security number and that you're a valid United States citizen.

- You must be in college. The purpose of a student credit card is that it's designed for college students. If you're not a student, then you're not going to get approved. As long as you're going to college, you're going to get accepted most likely unless your credit is bad.

If you meet the above requirements, you're probably ready to start applying for your credit card. Most applications are very similar and ask the same exact question. Overall, there are not that many credit card companies. In fact, there are only four major companies. Below, you can find what to expect on your credit card application.

- Your full name, date of birth, your current residency, and as mentioned above, you will need to supply your social security number.

- Your telephone number along with a valid e-mail address and your current and previous address. If you don't have a previous address, you can simply leave this blank.

- The college you're attending, what class you currently fall under (freshman, etc), and the location of the college as well.

- Your job details, how much you make, where the job is located, the company name.

The only difference you'll see with a student credit card is that they will ask for school information. If you find yourself applying for another type of credit card that isn't college student related, you will find that they won't ask for this information. When filling out your credit card application, make sure that you're completely honest. If the company finds that you're lying or trying to manipulate their system you may find them sending you a rejection letter and/or they might contact the local authorities, if you find yourself having to lie to get a credit card, simply don't do it. When you finally receive your credit card, remember to be responsible and safe.
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