Netspend Savings account review
Earn up to 5% APY — but there’s only one way to access your money.
The Netspend Savings account is an optional savings account available to Netspend Card account users. It boasts an impressive 5% APY and no minimum balance requirements. But there’s only one way to access your money — through the Netspend Card account.
Up to 5.00%
Minimum deposit to open
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The Netspend Savings account is a solid choice for anyone who wants a prepaid card and a high-yield savings account to boot. The APY is 55x higher than the national average and you’re not required to keep a minimum balance.
But you’ll only receive the 5% APY on balances up to $1,000. You’re also only eligible for the account if you have a Netspend Card account with at least $500 in qualifying monthly direct deposits. If you don’t want or need a prepaid card, keep looking.
What are the benefits of a savings account with Netspend?
The Netspend Savings account has FDIC-insured deposits, mobile banking and a host of other benefits, including:
- High APY. Earn 5% APY on balances up to $1,000.
- No minimum balance. Netspend doesn’t have any minimum opening deposits or balance requirements.
- Autosave. Automatically transfer up to 25% of your available card balance each time you reload your prepaid card or receive a direct deposit.
- Money management tools. Create a budget, check your account balance, manage alert preferences and more through the online account center.
What should I look out for?
If you’re thinking of opening a Netspend Savings account, watch out for these drawbacks:
- Not available to Vermont residents. If you live in Vermont, you don’t qualify for the Netspend Card account and therefore can’t open the optional savings account.
- Cap on APY. Earn 5% APY on the first $1,000 in your account and 0.5% on money that exceeds this limit. Although 0.5% is higher than the national average, it’s much lower than other high-yield savings accounts.
- Prepaid card fees. The account has no fees, but the mandatory $9.95 monthly prepaid card fee could cancel out any interest you earn.
- One way to access funds. The account doesn’t support direct deposits or check deposits. But you can work around this by depositing funds into your Netspend Card account and transferring the money to your savings account.
If you’re not interested in getting a prepaid card, the Netspend Savings account may not be for you. As always, compare your options when considering a savings account.
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How do I open an account?
Once you activate your Netspend Card account, open your savings account using these steps:
- Visit Netspend’s online account center and complete the savings account enrollment form.
- Consent to receiving electronic communications from Netspend.
- Verify your identity using your Social Security number, if needed.
- Make your initial deposit by transferring money from your Netspend Card account.
You’re eligible for a Netspend Savings account if you meet these requirements:
- At least 18 years old
- Valid Social Security number
- US residential address
- Active Netspend Card account
- Receive at least $500 a month in direct deposits to your Netspend Card account
- Consent to receiving electronic communications from Netspend
Be ready to enter the following information when you open your account:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Government-issued ID number
- Social Security number
How do I deposit or withdraw my money?
The Netspend Savings account is designed for Netspend Card account users, so there’s only one way to access funds:
- Transfer from your Netspend Card account to your Netspend Savings account
- Transfer to your Netspend Card account to your Netspend Savings account