Credit card for students

The OP Classic payment card is also a credit card for students. You can get a card online as soon as you have a university place.
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A 2,000-euro credit limit brings financial flexibility for students

OP Classic combines a debit card with a credit card. It will provide you with more flexibility in your daily life and on special occasions. Pay immediately, within a month, or in instalments. The credit feature gives an average interest-free payment period of 35 days for purchases. 

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Cover for payments and purchases in Finland and abroad

Use the card’s credit feature to pay safely for online and in-store purchases in Finland, when travelling and on student exchanges. In line with the Consumer Protection Act, the cover applies if problems occur with purchases paid for by credit.

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Owner-customers get additional benefits

As an owner-customer of an OP cooperative bank, you will have 180-day Product Protection Insurance against breakage or theft for debit and credit purchases. Owner-customers under 30 years of age also get a current account, OP’s digital services and an OP Classic card for €0/month.

A credit card for students – apply for yours without ECTS credit requirements

The OP Classic payment card is a credit card for daily use by students. It will bring you budgeting flexibility and cover your purchases if problems occur after you pay with the credit feature. 

You can apply for the card as soon as you get a place at a university or university of applied sciences in Finland or abroad. One card and daily banking services are free of charge for OP customers aged under 26. If you are an owner-customer of an OP cooperative bank, your card and daily banking services will remain free of charge until you turn 30.

How to apply for a student’s credit card

  1. Click ”Apply for an OP Classic card” and log into the op.fi service. 
  2. Add “student” in the employment situation field and select your place of study. Fill in the rest of the application information. 
  3. If you have a student’s K-Plussa card and want to add it to your OP Classic card, add your K-Plussa card information in the “Plussa feature” section.  
  4. After approval of your application, the card will be delivered directly to your home or an OP branch office within 1–2 weeks, depending on the delivery method you selected. 

You can have one card (OP Classic, OP Debit, OP Basic or OP Electron) and daily banking services, meaning current account and OP's digital services, free of charge until you turn 26 years old as an OP customer, or until you turn 30 as an OP cooperative bank owner-customer.

  • For students, it’s worth changing from a payment card to the OP Classic, with its better features and flexible credit facility. 
  • Alternatively, an OP customer under 26 years of age or an OP cooperative bank owner-customer under 30 can get the OP Gold card, with even better benefits, for just 4 euros per month. Read more about OP Gold >
  • For instructions on cancelling unnecessary cards, see ”Do you want to close a second card?”.

Other charges, if you have an outstanding balance subject to interest payments

Purchases paid for with the credit feature are interest-free until the first due date. If you pay the entire outstanding balance on the due date, you will not have to pay interest or an account service charge. The interest-free period is 35 days on average.

If the credit card account has an outstanding balance after the due date, interest and an account service charge calculated for the balance will be charged in the next bill.

  • The interest rate is the 3-month Euribor + 8.95% for an outstanding balance on which interest is payable.
  • The monthly account service charge is 3.50 euros if interest is payable.

The effective interest rate calculated for used credit of 2,000 euros is 14.63% (6/2021) if the customer has a daily service package. This is based on the assumption that the card’s monthly charge is 2.06 euros and the monthly account service charge 3.50 euros, that the credit interest rate, fees and charges remain constant throughout the credit period, and that the credit is repaid in 12 identical monthly instalments. The estimated total amount payable would be 2,145.70 euros.

The effective interest rate calculated for used credit of 2,000 euros is 15.07% (6/2021) if the customer does not have a daily service package. This calculation is based on the assumption that the card’s monthly charge is 2.95 euros and the monthly account service charge 3.50 euros, that the credit interest rate, fees and charges remain constant throughout the credit period, and that the credit is repaid in 12 identical monthly instalments. The estimated total amount payable would be 2,156.15 euros.

Read more about daily banking services >

Learn more about consumer credit information (pdf) >

See our list of service charges and fees >

  • The credit limit is 2,000 euros.
  • You can choose whether your purchases are debited using the debit side (directly from your bank account) or the credit side (using the average interest-free payment period of 35 days, or the credit feature for which interest is payable).
  • Choose between four due dates for your credit card bill: the 7th, 15th, 23rd or last day of the month.
  • You can also add the K-Plussa feature to the card. As a Plussa benefit for students, you can get a 5% refund on your food shopping if you spend at least 75 euros per month with the K Group chain. You also get other benefits from K Group. Read more about K-Plussa for students > 
  • The card’s contactless payment feature allows you to pay for small purchases of up to 50 euros quickly, without using your PIN.
  • Combine your card with Apple Wallet or Google Pay to pay for purchases handily with your phone or smartwatch. 
  • You can withdraw cash at K-grocery stores and Tokmanni store checkouts.
  • You can conveniently track your card transactions on OP-mobile, Pivo and op.fi. Download the Pivo student card to benefit from the related student discounts. Read more about Pivo >
  • After you have opened Money Box and enabled “Auto Save through card”, you will build savings every time you pay with your card’s debit facility.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must use OP as your main bank.
  • You must be living permanently in Finland.
  • You must be studying for a degree at a university or university of applied sciences in Finland or abroad.

Under the Consumer Protection Act, you can apply for a refund from your credit card company if a retailer breaches a sales contract for a purchase made with credit. Breach of contract occurs if a product or service you bought with credit is defective or lost in transport, or the company goes bankrupt and you never receive the product.

You can also apply for a refund if your airline or tour operator goes bankrupt or cancels your journey without paying you back.

Start by trying to handle the matter with the company that sold the product or service — this will help you to demonstrate breach of contract. File a complaint with the credit card company as soon as it becomes clear that the seller is in breach of contract.

How to claim from a credit card company

Product Protection Insurance provides cover for your purchases and is included with owner-customer cards

  • As an owner-customer, you will get a refund if the product you purchased breaks or is stolen within 180 days from the time of purchase.
  • You won’t need to buy separate insurance for new items, such as phones.
  • The deductible is only 75 euros, which is less than with a traditional home insurance.

Which purchases are covered by Product Protection Insurance?

Accidents happen to all of us from time to time, from dropping a phone on the floor to spilling coffee on a laptop or breaking your brand-new glasses.  

Product Protection Insurance covers purchases made with OP Classic against breakage. In other words, you won’t need to buy separate insurance for new items, such as phones. 

 When is the insurance valid?

The insurance covers credit and debit purchases made with OP Classic, meaning your purchases are always insured if you pay for them with OP Classic. 

The insurance provides cover for the purchases for 180 days from the cardholder receiving the product.  

Product Protection Insurance covers the purchases whether you pay for them online, at a brick-and-mortar location or through a service like Apple Pay.  

Does the insurance have a deductible or maximum compensation amount? 

In the event of loss, the insurance has a deductible of 75 euros. The maximum compensation per item is 2,000 euros. 

What to do if something happens?

If something happens, filing a loss report is simple on OP-mobile or at op.fi. 

Product Protection Insurance terms and conditions and additional information

Product Protection Insurance is issued by Pohjola Insurance Ltd.

If you have two payment cards, you can cancel the second card any time. Don’t cancel your old card until you’ve received your new card and have confirmed that it is working. 

  • You can cancel a card yourself in OP-mobile > Choose card > Card setting > Cancel the card.
  • You can also cancel a card by sending us a chat message (in Finnish) or an online message when you’re logged into the op.fi service, notifying to us the last four digits of the card to be cancelled.

Once you’ve cancelled the other card, cut it into several pieces so that the chip and the magnetic stripe are destroyed. 

OP cooperative bank owner-customers earn OP bonuses from:

  • Funds in savings accounts

  • Home loans, student loans and secured bank loans

  • Mutual funds and unit-linked insurance assets

  • Insurance premiums paid, such as home and motor vehicle insurance and continuous travel insurance

 OP bonuses are used for the bank’s service charges and insurance premiums.

 

The card is granted by OP Retail Customers Plc.