Lower student debt with the new Earnest Card

Apply for the new Earnest Card and put 1.5% in cash back towards any student loan. No annual fee.

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You will earn 1.25% cash back on all qualifying purchases.  You can redeem your cash back as a statement credit or get 20% more cash back (1.2x, for a maximum of 1.5% cash back) when you choose to use your cash back to repay your student loan debt.

1.50% cash back to conquer student loans

Earn 1.50% cash back rewards to pay down any private or federal student loan, or put 1.25% towards your credit card balance.

  1. Collect unlimited cash back on everything you buy
  2. When you’re ready to redeem, enter your student loan information and we’ll send the money to your lender.
  3. You can also choose to put 1.25% cash back towards your credit card balance.

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  • Get $100 welcome bonus
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Get the FAQs on the Earnest Card

How does the student loan cash back reward program work?

The student loan cash back reward allows borrowers to put the cash back they earn with the Earnest Card towards any federal or private student loan balance. For example, say you use the Earnest Card for three months and you spend $1000. You earn 1.25% cash back, but if you put that cash back towards a student loan, the value will increase to 1.50%. This means you can redeem $12.50 as a statement credit towards your credit card balance or $15 towards your student loan repayment.   

Your cash back credit card rewards are worth more (1.5%) when used towards student loans than when used towards your credit card balance (1.25%). Once you select to put your cash back towards a student loan, you’ll be asked to enter your student loan information, so that we can send a check to your student loan provider.

Can I put cash back towards a student loan and my credit card balance in the same month?


No, you must choose from either the student loan cash back or the credit card balance cash back in a given month. However, you can always make a different choice the following month (provided you have cash back points available).

What if I don’t want to use my cash back points for student loans?

No problem. You will earn 1.25% cash back on every purchase, no matter what. Those points are yours to keep, and they do not expire while your Earnest Credit Card account stays open.

Can I apply the cash back benefit towards any student loan?

Yes. You can use the cash back benefit towards any student loan, including federal student loans that you received through your FAFSA, and private student loans from private lenders. 

It doesn’t matter if your loan is with Earnest or one of our competitors – our mission is to help you pay down your loans faster.

What if I have more than one student loan?

While you can link multiple student loans inside the Earnest Card App, you must use your cash back to pay down one student loan at a time. You can choose to focus on another loan in the following month. 

Should I still make my minimum monthly payment if I am putting my cash back towards student loans?

Absolutely. You should keep making your regular student loan payments for the remainder of the loan term. Consider any money you put towards your student loan debt from the Earnest cash back program as a bonus. 

Most student loan borrowers who have student loan debt are unlikely to earn enough cash back to cover their minimum student loan payments or even their student loan interest rate in a given month. We strongly recommend that you stay up to date with your payments and any interest charges, stick to your repayment plan, and check your account regularly to avoid any late fees for any non-Earnest loans. 

The same applies to your credit card debt. Keep making your monthly credit card payments as planned.

Can the Earnest Card cash back program impact my enrollment in loan forgiveness or other federal programs?

Using the Earnest Card cash back program to make additional payments shouldn’t have any impact on your participation in financial aid programs, such as student loan forgiveness. However, you may want to check with your student loan servicer if your loans are in forbearance or deferment.

Can I apply my cash back rewards towards a newly refinanced or consolidated student loan?

If you refinance a student loan, you will need to re-enter your loan information in the Earnest Card App. Refinancing is considered a new student loan and we need to know the information of your new student loan servicer.  

Refinancing is a great way to get a lower interest rate if you believe you currently have a higher interest rate. You can learn more about refinancing your student loans with Earnest here if you have high interest rates on your student loan>>>.

If you consolidate your student debt with a new lender, you will also need to update that information in the Earnest App. A consolidated loan is considered a new loan. If you’d like to learn more about debt consolidation, you can read this NerdWallet guide to consolidation loans. You can also check the Earnest Student Loan Consolidation Calculator to see what you might pay after consolidation.

How does the Earnest Credit Card impact my credit score?

When applying for a new credit card, it is common to see a minimal decrease in your credit score. If you make on-time payments and have responsible credit utilization, your credit report will reflect that, and your score may increase with time. 

You can learn more in this Credit Karma article >>>.

Where can I learn more about the Earnest Credit Card?

If you’d like to read the fine print, you can find the Terms and Conditions of the Earnest Credit Card by following this link >>>. 

Here, you will find information about our credit card servicer, the credit card interest rate offered to cardholders, information about the balance transfer fee, and more. 

If you would like to learn more about other credit card companies before applying for the Earnest Card, this Credit Karma article could be helpful. If you would like to learn more about personal finance, NerdWallet, CreditKarma, and the Earnest Money blog are good places to start.

What kind of credit score do I need to have in order to apply for the Earnest Credit Card?

Most people who have an average credit score starting at 680 have a chance at approval. However, we cannot guarantee approval based on credit score alone. If your accounts are in good standing with no late payments, that may also help you get approved. 

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