SunTrust student checking account - The only guide you need

TransferWise
06.22.20
5 minute read

Getting a student checking account is a smart way to manage your money while you’re at school, college or university. You’ll be able to make and receive payments easily, and may even earn cash back or rewards on purchases.

Check out this handy guide to the student checking account options available from SunTrust.

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How to open a student account with SunTrust

You can get an Essential Checking Account with SunTrust, which comes with a student waiver, meaning no monthly fees for up to 5 years. You can only access this waiver at the point you open your account - it can’t be set up later. However, you’ll qualify for the student waiver as long as you are at high school, college, university or a technical/trade school and can show you’re actively enrolled in an eligible course.¹

To avoid any regular fees, you’ll also need to sign up for online banking rather than having paper statements mailed to you.²

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What kind of student bank account does SunTrust offer?

SunTrust’s student product is the Essential Checking Account, which offers some good student perks and a student fee waiver which means you could avoid service fees for up to 5 years. Here are some other features of the account.³ ⁴

Make simple payments

You can use your SunTrust student account to make digital payments using Apple Pay or Samsung Pay, as well as accessing online and mobile banking and bill pay.

Get fraud protection

You can get SMS and email balance alerts, and will benefit from fraud protection and credit monitoring to keep your identity and your money safe.

Cut some key fees

You’ll be able to make fee free ATM withdrawals from 2,000 ATMs and 1,200 branches in the SunTrust network. You’ll also get a fee waiver for the monthly service charge, and there’s no fee for your parents to transfer money from their SunTrust account to yours should you need it.

It’s good to note that there are still some transaction fees you’ll want to be aware of - more on that a little later.

One key cost to look at is around international and domestic wire payments. Some domestic wire payments come with a fee of up to $15 per incoming payment and $25 for each outgoing. International transfers are even more expensive - expect to pay $25 for an incoming international transfer, and $50 to send a payment to someone overseas.

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Cash back options

Depending on the way you use your account you may also benefit from cash back on credit card spending, including a cash bonus if you add your credit card cash back directly to your student checking account.

Sign up for overdraft protection

You’ll be able to opt for overdraft protection to make sure you don’t get caught out by unexpected fees after overdrawing your account.

If you do not select overdraft protection, and your account goes overdrawn, you’ll pay a fee per transaction of $36. However, if you choose overdraft protection, you’ll be able to link your account to another deposit account, credit card or line of credit to cover the shortfall. In this case, you’ll only pay an administrative fee of $12.50 for overdrawn transactions.

You may also choose to have your card decline any charge which may cause your account to become overdrawn - which cuts the chance of overdraft fees entirely.

What are the requirements to open a student bank account with SunTrust?

To open an Essentials Checking account with SunTrust you’ll need to fulfil their eligibility requirements and provide a $100 minimum opening deposit.

To benefit from the student fee waiver when you open a SunTrust Essentials Checking account, you’ll need to be enrolled in an active program at high school, university, college or a similar institution.

The fee waiver is available for up to 5 years. After that time you’ll revert to the regular Essentials Checking account and pay the monthly fee required unless you qualify for a waiver via a different route.

SunTrust student account fees

Although SunTrust offers a waiver for some key account costs, you’ll still find there are transaction charges for things like using an ATM overseas or sending a wire payment.

Here are some of the charges you’ll want to think about - get the full product details from the SunTrust website before you sign up.

Service Fee
Account opening No fee - but a $100 minimum deposit
Monthly maintenance fee $7 - waived for students for up to 5 years
Paper statement fee $3 - avoid this by signing up to paperless statements
Overdraft fee $36 per item, to a maximum of 6 per day
Overdraft protection Sign up to overdraft protection and pay only an administrative fee of $12.50 per overdrawn item
Domestic wire transfers Incoming - up to $15Outgoing - up tp $25 Some wire fees are waived for student accounts - for example, if parents pay into their student child’s account Some additional fees may apply to both domestic and international wire transfers, such as notification fees and any costs associated with tracing missing payments
International wire transfers Incoming - up to $30Outgoing - up to $50
ATM withdrawals SunTrust network ATMs are free for withdrawals, although there are fees to get a statement via an ATM ATMs from outside the SunTrust network cost $3 per transaction within the US, and $5 per transaction internationally

As a student, you’ve got a great opportunity to access low fee accounts which can make it easier to spend and save day by day - as well as building your credit history.

Choosing the right account at the outset can make life a lot easier. Take a look at the features and benefits of a few different account products to help you decide. And don’t forget - sometimes having a specialist account such as the TransferWise multi-currency account alongside your student checking account can make it even easier to save money.


Sources:
  1. Student Checking Account SunTrust Personal Banking
  2. SunTrust Essential Checking for Students
  3. SunTrust Checking Account Guides & Disclosures
  4. [Essential Checking Account Overview(https://www.suntrust.com/content/dam/suntrust/us/en/personal-banking/2017/guidelines/essential-checking.pdf)

Sources checked on 15 June 2020


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