Question of the Day (Updated): What percent of branch banks offer "free" student checking accounts?

May 04, 2021
Question of the Day, Checking Accounts, Research



  • Do you think there are ANY fees with "free" checking accounts? If so, can you think of any examples?
  • Why do you think that so many banks offer "free" checking accounts to students?
  • What do you think happens to the account fees after you leave school and no longer qualify for a student account?

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Behind the numbers (WalletHub):

Student checking accounts, which have the lowest fees on the deposit market, are 46% less expensive than their general-consumer counterparts. But lower fees come at a cost, as the interest rates offered to students are 62% lower than those available to the general-consumer population.


Your students can learn to manage an online banking account using the NGPF Banking Simulation


About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.