Steps to Getting a Credit Card

Now that you know the basics of credit cards, differences between credit cards and debit cards, types of credit cards and the pros and cons to having them, let’s take a look at the steps you can take to get a credit card.

Step 1: Research the type of credit card you want.

Naturally, you may gravitate toward a credit card that has all the perks. However, you may have no credit history at all or might not have qualified for an unsecured credit card in the past.

You may want to try for a secured card or retail credit card. You may find that these offer you opportunities to practice using a credit card. However, you must use them responsibly in order to graduate to an unsecured credit card later on.

Step 2: Find out whether you prequalify.

Some credit card issuers will preapprove or prequalify you for a credit card. You may need to fill out a short form and submit some of your personal information before they do that. Then, once you’re preapproved or prequalified, you may have a better chance of qualifying. However, you still need to fill out the full application in order to become approved. 

Step 3: Fill out the application.

When you apply, you’ll need to supply more information to your credit card issuer, such as the following information: 

  • Basic details, such as your name and address
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security number
  • Employment status
  • Gross annual income
  • Financial assets and accounts
  • Financial liabilities

Step 4: Take the next step.

Next, you’ll either get approved or denied. If you get denied, you may want to apply for a different credit card with another issuer. You might consider applying for a secured credit card. 

However, wait for a while to apply again because each credit card application triggers its own hard inquiry, which may cause your credit to dip.

Is a Credit Card Right for You?

Only you can determine whether you’re ready for a credit card. However, when you use credit cards responsibly, they can help you earn rewards, allow for unplanned expenses and help you build your credit.

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get approved for a credit card right away. You can always look into other alternatives! Finally, don’t forget about using UNest Rewards to earn cash for your child’s UNest Investment Account for Kids. You can purchase products and services with our partners via the UNest app

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Ksenia Yudina, CFA, MBA

Founder and CEO

Ksenia is the Founder and CEO of U-Nest, the first mobile app that makes it easy for families to save for college. As an entrepreneur and finance professional, Ksenia has focused on alleviating the impact of student debt on families across the economic spectrum. Previously, Ksenia was a Vice President atCapital Group/American Funds, the largest 529 provider in the U.S. In this role, she played a leadership role in helping parents plan and manage their finances, with a focus on the future well-being of their children. Prior to Capital Group/American Funds, she was founder of a residential real estate company. Ksenia earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from CaliforniaState University Northridge, and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Mike Van Kempen

Chief Operating Officer

Mike joined U-Nest in September 2019 as COO. He was previously at Acorns, a financial wellness platform, where he spearheaded the analytics and growth initiatives. Mike successfully expandedAcorns’ paid acquisition strategy, adding over 4.5 million investment accounts. Mike began his career in strategy & analytics at Belly, a Chicago-based loyalty startup in 2012. At Belly, Mike led projects that fueled growth across all aspects of the business, growing the customer base from1,000 to over 11,000 merchants, and accumulating a membership of over 2 million customers.Mike holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago.

Steve Buchanan

Chief Technology Officer

Steve has over 20 years of experience in delivering digital innovations in the financial sector. Steve previously orchestrated product architecture and innovation as a Solutions Architect/ Fintech consultant at Union Bank. Prior to Union Bank, he was Chief Architect and Director of Engineering at Calypso, a Silicon Valley startup, where he architected and built multiple financial solutions. He was also Head of Global Integrations at Globe One in Vietnam where he integrated its Peer-to-Peer lending products into core banking solutions. Steve also built the first ever electronic Equities &Equity Options trading systems for Scottish stock brokers Wood Mackenzie (acquired by CountyNatWest). He is a graduate of Edinburgh University.

Peter Mansfield

Chief Marketing Officer

Peter has built an impressive track record in multiple financial industry segments including payments, credit/prepaid cards and lending. He has played an instrumental role at a succession of financial industry leaders, co-founding companies such as Brand3 (acquired by American Express) and PropertyBridge (acquired by Moneygram), and, as the early stage marketing lead at Marqeta (where he was team member number two), BillFloat and WallabyFinancial (acquired by Bankrate).He has helped fast-growth companies reach an aggregate market value of close to $8 billion. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Angila, UK.

Sonya Kidman

Client Relationship Manager

Sonya Kidman is a Customer Success professional with a decade of experience in advocating for consumer through user research and genuine empathy. Sonya specializes in user behavior and regularly attends national and global training sessions in wellness and people analytics tools. Sonya is a true global citizen was born in Russia, grew up in Israel, lived and worked in Canada and NewZealand. That global expertise along with an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Tel AvivUniversity have helped to shape a bullet-prof Sonya's framework to develop a winning customer strategy.

Frank Mastrangelo

Board Member

One part banker and one part technologist, Frank spent his early days with the Annenberg Foundation and PNC Bank. His career path led him to Jefferson Bank, where he led the build-out of its electronic banking platforms, and where he would forge a powerful alliance with The Bancorp co-founder Betsy Z. Cohen. As President and COO of The Bancorp from its inception in 1999 Frank played a critical role in helping the organization become an industry bellwether for branchless financial services and a global leader in payments. For this, he has become a widely respected fintech expert, and thought-leader. Frank was recognized in 2013 by Banking Innovation, a leading industry journal, as an “Innovator to Watch.” and as one of the innovators shaping the future of banking. Frank is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania.