UW Student: Checking and Savings Resources

College life comes with a special set of financial considerations and budgeting challenges. For many students, managing day-to-day financial decisions is a new experience. As a credit union that believes in putting people over profit, we want to help you start your financial independence on the right foot.

5 Steps to Creating Your First College Budget

New to college? New to budgeting? Learn where to start with these 5 easy steps to help you track your spending, set goals, build good habits, and find ways to save.

Get started on creating your first college budget

UW Debit Card

Husky Debit Card: Nationwide Pride

Represent the UW nationwide with access to thousands of surcharge-free ATMs around the country. In addition to our debit card's free fraud protection, you'll enjoy the convenience of in-branch card issue should you ever need a new card on the spot.

  • BECU free checking - no monthly maintenance fees or minimum account balances
  • A refund of up to $250 per product if you become dissatisfied within 60 days of purchase and the merchant will not accept a return1
  • Protection against unauthorized online purchases with Card Protect-Mastercard SecureCode


Partnering with the Purple and Gold

BECU's ongoing collaboration with the University of Washington builds new and exciting ways for members, students and the community to acquire education, thrive as students and explore-even launch-new ideas into the world. From Advancing Equality by supporting the Office of Minority Affairs, Fueling Innovation through BECU's Fintech Incubator at CoMotion Labs and providing scholarships to undergraduate and continuing education students.

Learn more about the BECU and University of Washington partnership

8 Ways to Save on a College Budget

8 Ways to Save: College Edition

College is full of life lessons. And a lot of them, like learning to save money, happen outside the classroom. Saving on a college budget isn't always easy, but it is possible with a little bit of planning.

Check out 8 ways to save in college

Member Advantage Checking & Savings

Have you ever wanted to be part owner a credit union? At BECU you're not just a customer, you're a member.and an owner. Meaning we work for you and return profits to members in the form of better rates, fewer fees, and more financial services.

See all Member Advantage features & benefits

1To learn more about card benefits, view the Mastercard Guide to Benefits.

2Refund of out-of-network ATM fees charged by the other financial institution on ATM withdrawals from a Member Advantage Savings, Member Advantage Checking or Member Advantage Money Market account. Refund will be deposited into the Member Advantage account of withdrawal. A maximum of $6 per month will be refunded on the Member Advantage relationship and all associated Member Advantage accounts. Account must be open and still considered Member Advantage at time of refund. Refunds processed daily and may take up to three days due to cut-off and posting times.