Checking Accounts for Students: Find the One That's Right For You

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Are you a student looking to open your first checking account, but don't know where to turn?

You're in luck.

Below you can search and compare checking accounts based on your personal checking habits and preferences. With more than 500 checking accounts to choose from, you’ll find everything from free checking accounts to those with a minimum balance requirement, as well as checking accounts that allow you to earn interest.

More options can be found on

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About the ratings: "The Smart Rating is an unbiased scoring of the accounts features and other metrics, including interest rate, minimum balance (to open) and monthly fee. The features include online banking, account alerts, mobile banking, and free checks. It then assigns a weighted value to each variable, averages the scores, and produces an overall rating of the account."

Monthly fee: Maintenance fee charged in order to keep the account open

Interest rate: Annual rate of return you earn on your deposit

Bank type: Internet banks are all online, without any physical locations. They can offer cheaper services and higher interest rates, but lack the convenience of bank branches and usually don't provide numerous ATMs. Branch banks do offer storefronts and usually have a high number of ATMs, but their services are more expensive.

Account Type: Interest checking allows you to earn a percentage of your money in your account. Non-interest checking accounts do not earn interest, but are usually cheaper.

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This article appears in: Personal Finance , Banking and Loans , Basics , College

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