Checking

Teen Checking

Helping you prepare for your financial future

A Sigma Teen Checking Account with a Sigma Visa® Debit Card represents a big financial step forward for teens and parents alike! It lets teens easily access their money when they need it, and helps parents teach their teens financial responsibility.

 

Features

features
  • Perfect for teens ages 13-17
  • NO minimum balance requirement
  • NO monthly service fee
  • Mobile and Online Banking
  • Sigma Visa® Debit Card issued in-branch
  • NO foreign transaction fees on debit card transactions – perfect for traveling abroad!
  • Send and receive money easily with Pay A Friend
  • Five local branches
  • Card Nav by Co Op

 

 

Set Up Your Mobile Wallet

Mobile Wallets are no longer the wave of the future. They’re an everyday payment option.

Get started today:

  1. Set up your Mobile Wallet. Choose the option (Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay) that is compatible with your mobile device. Download the appropriate app and follow the installation instructions.
  2. Make a Contactless Purchase. Wherever you see the contactless symbol, you can use your mobile wallet. Select the Stanford FCU payment card within your mobile device and either tap or hover your device over the merchant card reader to activate the transaction.

Enjoy all the benefits of your Stanford FCU VISA debit or credit cards using Mobile Wallets.

 

Learn More

for-teens

For Teens

Your Card :

Want quick and easy access to your money? A Sigma Teen Checking Account with a Sigma Visa® Debit Card helps you do all that and more!

  • Purchases – Use your Sigma Debit Card for purchases anywhere Visa is accepted (that’s pretty much everywhere, like Jamba Juice, Subway, the Apple Store—you get the idea!)
  • Cash – Get cash with your Sigma Card at any CO-OP® or Stanford FCU ATM around town and at most grocery or convenience stores—without paying a fee!
  • Check Your Balance – Why?  Because getting your card rejected in front of your friends would be SO not cool! Always stay on top of your balance and track your spending by using Mobile  or Online Banking.

Your Choice:

With freedom comes responsibility (a famous person said that). Here are the rules of the Sigma Account:

  • We recommend that you take the Teens & Money online course
  • Since you are under 18, you have to have a parent or legal guardian as joint owner on the account.
  • You can get up to $200 per day at an ATM and buy up to $200 worth of stuff per day at stores—IF you have the money in your account.
  • Always keep track of how much money you have in your account. Think before you swipe your card.
  • Don’t share your account information with anyone.

Money Sites

Want to be a millionaire by the time you’re 30? Or learn how to NOT waste your money? Or save for your first car? Check out these sites to learn all of that and more:

Learn more about Mobile Banking.

For Parents

parentsWhat the Sigma Account Means to You as a Parent

  • In order for your teen to open a Sigma Account, you need to have a Stanford FCU account that will act as overdraft protection, if your teen overdraws the account. With your guidance, that’s not likely to happen, but if an overdraft does occur, use it as a learning opportunity.
  • The Sigma Account has lower daily withdrawal limits than other Stanford FCU Accounts. The daily limits (provided there are sufficient funds in the account) are:
    • ATM – $200 per day
    • Point of Sale transactions – $200 per day
  • You will be a joint owner on the account, with access to the account to transfer funds, check the balance and more. Talk with your teen about your expectations and how you plan to monitor the account.

Please stress to your teen the importance of checking the account balance before making a purchase or an ATM withdrawal, as well as discussing the consequences of an overdraft.

About the Teens & Money Course

The Teens & Money Course is a FREE online class, which we recommend teens do before opening the Sigma Account. It provides the basic knowledge he or she needs before assuming the responsibility of his or her own checking account. Your teen will also receive other useful information on investing, buying a car and more.

Tips on Raising Money-Savvy Teens

Teaching teens to be responsible with money and to develop a sense of ownership over their money. will greatly benefit their life now and in the future. Raising money-savvy teens goes far beyond making sure they can balance a checkbook – although that’s an important lesson. Here are some tips to foster your teen’s financial knowledge:

  1. Relate money to life goals. Talk to your teen about his or her personal dreams to discover what he or she is passionate about. Then relate your teen’s aspirations to understanding money basics as a way to make life easier and to help them reach their goals sooner.
  2. Develop a savings plan and budget. Get your teen in a habit of saving money. Lack of savings is the biggest problem plaguing most Americans today. Help your teen avoid debt later in life by encouraging good saving habits now. There is a good budget worksheet available in the Teens & Money course.
  3. Teach teens about the power of compounding interest. It’s motivating to teens to know that if they invest just $100 per month they can hit the million dollar mark in their fifties. Showing them how compounding interest works will get them excited and it is a great way to help them think about the future.
  4. Be a free thinker and watch for misleading advertising. We know … it’s easier said than done. But work on teaching your teen to evaluate advertising by asking “what are they trying to convince me to do?”, “who are they targeting?” and “what is the goal of this ad?” Doing so will help your teen evaluate ads logically, rather than emotionally. Also talking about needs vs. wants is very helpful.
  5. Teach him/her how to build a good credit history. This includes understanding the basics of how credit-reporting agencies work and how to use credit cards as a tool to build positive credit scores. Teach your teen to pay their bills on time, keep debt low and introduce them to credit cards under your guidance.
  6. Show your teen how to track stocks online or using an app each day. You’ll be surprised how fast he or she picks up the basic concepts of the market. When your teen is ready, buy a few shares in a custodial account of the stocks he or she has been following at an online trading firm. Give your teen the password so he or she can follow the portfolio regularly and make suggestions on what to buy next and when to sell.
  7. Encourage work. All your lessons will really hit home when your teen starts earning his or her own money. According to a Roper study, people who worked in high school are more likely to achieve their financial goals and be more knowledgeable about money than those who did not. How can you encourage your kids to get a job? Give them money for the necessities and insist they earn the rest, or require they pay for their own car insurance and gas, if they expect to drive.
  8. Build a solid financial foundation. Make sure your teen has a checking account, savings account and even a Roth IRA — and knows how to manage those accounts.