AIB Student Mastercard review August 2020

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A straightforward card designed to give existing AIB (formerly First Trust Bank) account holders financial freedom and convenience during their student days.

Finder rating: ★★★★★

Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 12.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 12.9% APR (variable).

12.9%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

£300

Minimum credit limit

Details

IssuerAIB
NetworkVisa
Annual/monthly fees£0
Min credit limit£300
Max credit limitNot specified
Credit limit noteSubject to status
Purchases12.9%
Purchases interest-free period (days)56
Additional cards available1

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Expert review

If you don’t anticipate carrying a balance from month-to-month, then a student credit card can offer a smart way to deal with unexpected costs and take control of your finances while studying.

Provided you pay your balance in full and on time each month, you won’t incur any interest on purchases or cash advances (taking out cash from the card) because the card comes with up to 56 days of 0% interest on your purchases each billing cycle.

To apply you need to be 18 or over, a full-time student and resident in the UK. You will also need to hold an existing AIB account.

How does this card compare with other student cards on the market?

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Data indicated here is updated daily
Name Product Purchases Annual/monthly fees Credit limits Rep. APR Link Incentive Representative example
AIB Student Visa
12.9%
£0
Min. limit £300, max. limit not specified.
12.9% (variable)
More Info
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 12.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 12.9% APR (variable).
HSBC Student Credit Card Visa
18.9%
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit £500.
18.9% (variable)
More Info
Discounts and exclusive offers for dining experiences, leisure activities and shopping available through HSBC Home and Away.
Representative example: When you spend £500 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
Ulster Bank Student Mastercard
18.94%
£0
Min. limit £350, max. limit £350.
18.9% (variable)
More Info
Representative example: When you spend £350 at a purchase rate of 18.94% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
Royal Bank of Scotland Student Credit Card Mastercard
18.95%
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit £500.
18.9% (variable)
More Info
Representative example: When you spend £500 at a purchase rate of 18.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
NatWest Student Credit Card Mastercard
18.95%
£0
Min. limit £250, max. limit £500.
18.9% (variable)
More Info
Representative example: When you spend £500 at a purchase rate of 18.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 18.9% APR (variable).
TSB Student Credit Card Mastercard
19.95%
£0
Min. limit £500, max. limit £1,000.
19.9% (variable)
More Info
Representative example: When you spend £1,000 at a purchase rate of 19.95% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 19.9% APR (variable).
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Approval for any credit card will depend on your status. The APR shown represents the interest rate offered to most successful applicants. Depending on your personal circumstances the APR you're offered may be higher, or you may not be offered credit at all. Fees and rates are subject to change without notice. It's always wise to check the terms of any deal before you borrow.

Repayment options

When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0345 600 5925), or alternatively set up a direct debit. A direct debit is a great idea because it protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee or losing any promotional rates as a result. You can arrange a direct debit for repayments when you apply for the credit card. The table below shows the options available.

Choose from the following direct debit options for your monthly repayments:

Minimum amount Fixed amount Fixed percentage Full amount

How to apply for the AIB Student Mastercard

If you have compared your options and want to apply, you’ll need to call AIB (or request a callback) or head to a branch. A credit check and affordability assessment will be performed based on the information you’ve given, and you will normally receive a quick decision. Once approved, you should receive your new AIB credit card within 3-5 working days.

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