Double Points & Tax Free Weekend
With school starting soon, parents will start shopping for school supplies. Luckily, you can earn double points if you use your Family Trust Visa Platinum Awards credit card. These purchases include school and office supplies, stationary, electronics, books, department, discount, shoes, clothing, sporting goods, and computer software stores. See complete list of merchants. Points earned can also be redeemed for cash, gift certificates, and travel.
Also, this Friday through Sunday, South Carolina is celebrating a “tax-free” weekend. Things like clothing, school supplies, and computers will be exempt from South Carolina’s 6 percent sales tax. This weekend, enjoy tax-free purchases and double points using your Family Trust Visa Platinum Awards credit card!
Get $5.00 When You Enroll in Visa Checkout
For even more late summer savings, enroll in Visa Checkout. Through August, receive $5.00 by signing up for the free service. It’s the easier way to pay online, using just one login from any device. Enroll here.
Our educators are the foundation of our future and what better way to repay them than with grants. Any member who is a public, private, or home school educator can apply for one of our grants. In past years, grants have gone towards hatching chicks, improving reading skills, teaching cooking skills, and funding educational field trips. This year, we are giving away 20 separate $500 grants for projects! We urge educators to apply here and bring their creativity to life.
To keep our educators on track with their busy schedules, Family Trust is also excited to release this year’s School Planner to approximately 8,000 area educators. It features black and white pages on the inside. Each month’s sidebar invites owners to color the designs however they want.
Explorers Club Rewards for Good Grades
To teach children under 12 years old the importance of good grades and financial success, the Explorer’s Club Savings Account rewards $1 for every “A” received on a report card. Every quarter, we invite members to bring their young scholars into the branches celebrate their hard work. Learn more here.
Education is invaluable, but it’s also a big expense. Get a head start on school expenses and consider a Coverdell College Savings. Anyone can contribute and withdrawals are tax and penalty free when used to pay for elementary, secondary, or higher education expenses. Learn more here.
Though we encourage students and families to explore grant options, scholarships, and utilize savings to help pay for higher education, we understand sometimes you need extra help to cover the cost of college. The Smart Option Student Loan® for Family Trust by Sallie Mae® features possible interest rate reductions, the option of a co-signer, and no origination fee or prepayment penalty. Access the application and learn more here.
Surcharge Free ATMs
Students who aren’t staying local for school can still experience the convenience of their hometown credit union. Using the Family Trust app, you can locate foreign ATMs nearby that accept Family Trust transactions without a fee! Once in the app, select “Locations” from the dropdown menu. Search for surcharge free ATMs by using your current location or input an address, and never be without money for textbooks (or late night pizza).