Credit Card Issuers Paid over $73M to Universities and Institutions in 2010

July 18, 2011, Written By Lynn Oldshue

The number of credit cards issued to college students and alumni associations in 2010 dropped 17%, while the revenue that schools receive from the card issuers declined 13%.

These are the results of a study released last week by the Federal Reserve. It shows the effects of one of the provisions of the CARD Act where credit card issuers are required to submit copies of all college credit card agreements. Issuers must also include the number of credit card accounts opened pursuant to the agreement, the amount of payments made by the issuer to the institution or organization during the year, and the number of new college credit card accounts that were opened during the year.

Fewer cards means smaller payments to colleges. Issuers paid $73,261,906 to college institutions or college organizations in 2010. This represented a decrease of $11,200,859 or 13 percent versus year ago levels. Overall, there were 1,704,785 accounts open in 2010, and 46,360 of these were new accounts.

The number of agreements between credit card issuers and colleges and their alumni associations dropped to 1,004 in 2010, a 4% decline.

FIA, a subsidiary of Bank of America, had 848 agreements, more than 15 times as many as any other issuer. It was followed by U.S. Bank and Chase Bank.

The Penn State Alumni Association received the largest payment from an issuer: $4,992,488 for its 70,060 accounts. Former students of the University of Texas received $2,364,754 for 31,748 accounts.

The report includes a list of all colleges and organizations that has an agreement with a credit card issuer. The full report can be found here:

http://www.federalreserve.gov/boarddocs/rptcongress/creditcard/2011/downloads/ccap_2011.pdf


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The information contained within this article was accurate as of July 18, 2011. For up-to-date
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Lynn Oldshue has written personal finance stories for LowCards.com for twelve years. She majored in public relations at Mississippi State University.
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