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Financial education for the future

Accounts designed to teach youth the fundamentals of money management.

Our youth and student accounts offer a safe and supportive environment for kids and teenagers to start saving and learning about responsible financial habits. They often come with lower fees and competitive interest rates, making it easier for young savers to watch their money grow. Additionally, we frequently offer financial education programs and resources to empower young members with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their finances, setting them on a path towards a secure financial future.

Youth Savings Account

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With our Youth Savings Account for young members 12 years of age and under, parents and guardians can help teach the child in their life how to manage money with this starter account issued in the child’s name. Paying a competitive rate of interest, the account offers full access to funds using a parent/guardian-approved debit card, includes no monthly or per transaction fees, and requires no minimum balance.

  • No minimum amount required to operate the account
  • Interest calculated daily and paid quarterly
  • Help the child in your life develop important money-management habits
  • Allow family and friends to make deposits directly into the child’s account

Give your child the gift of financial responsibility:

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for children 12 years of age and under, a Youth Savings Account does more than set them on the right path. Our “starter” savings account also helps to teach financial confidence and independence.

  • Youth Savings Account holders take pride in watching their savings grow from a very early age.
  • At age 13, a Youth Savings Account is easily converted into a Youth Chequing Account. By this time, your child is well on their way to understanding the foundations of managing their money.

Youth Chequing Account

Youth Chequing Account

Our Youth Chequing Account for members aged 13 to 25 gives youth and students more flexibility and access to their money, with appropriate controls in place for parents, including guardian approval for youth under the age of 16. With unlimited transactions and Interac e-Transfers®, as well as a competitive rate of interest, this account supports your child’s continued financial journey as they head into adulthood.

  • No minimum amount required to operate the account
  • Competitive interest rate
  • Access to funds with your Debit Card and Personal Identification Number (If under 16, requires guardian approval)

No fee for:

  • In-branch withdrawals and chequing
  • All debits
  • Withdrawals* at WFCU ATMs, ATMs in Canada, and around the world
  • Direct payment transactions or bill payments done online, over the telephone, at a WFCU ATM, or in-branch
  • Online banking services, including online statements and online cheque images
  • WFCU mobile app for Android and iOS platforms
  • First order of standard personalized duplicate cheques
  • Interac e-Transfers
*Credit granting criteria apply.

Student Line of Credit

Receive up to

$15,000*

Per Year

Flexible Student Financing

With WFCU/ECU’s Student Line of Credit, students are eligible for up to $15,000 per year for a maximum of four years. While in school and for up to one year after graduation, they pay monthly interest only on the amount used, for the amount of time it is used.

With a Line of Credit, students gain access to a pre-approved amount which they can draw on at any time and pay back on a timeline that works for them. As the money is repaid, they can borrow up to that limit again.

Plus, responsibly managing a Line of Credit helps our student members to establish their credit rating and build their financial future.

Get in Touch!

Fill out the form and one of our member consultants will start the process!

Prefer to skip the form? Call 1 866 500 9328 or email info@wfcu.ca.

Student Line of Credit Inquiry
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The Perfect Package

Our Student Line of Credit works seamlessly with these additional products – all designed to further support students with their everyday banking needs while in school.

Student Chequing Account

Available for members aged 13 to 25, benefit from a competitive interest rate and no fee, unlimited debits, withdrawals, bill payments, and Interac e-Transfers. No minimum amount is required to operate the account, and students with a WFCU Line of Credit can transfer funds into their chequing account anytime, at no charge.

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Visa Classic Card

Perfect for students living away from home and needing a little extra financial security, our Visa Classic Card has a low interest rate and no annual fee. Additional benefits include zero liability fraud protection, purchase protection, extended warranty, and mobile device insurance. Students can add the card to their mobile wallet for added convenience and security.

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Achieve Academic Success

For guardians looking for more ways to support your student’s success, we have you covered with flexible options for borrowing and investing.

Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)

Save for your child’s post-secondary education with a government-approved investment vehicle. Income earned under the plan is not taxed until it’s withdrawn. Beneficiaries may also be eligible for related government benefits.

Learn More About RESPs

Student Loan

Get approved for a loan to help fund your student’s education and benefit from a competitive interest rate and flexible repayment options that suit your schedule and timeline.

Learn More About Loans

Explore Every Avenue

Considering all the expenses involved in post-secondary education, the price tag can often feel overwhelming. Remember, there are many programs in place designed to support you on your journey if you’re willing to do a little homework.

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Visit Scholarships Canada to get matched to scholarships in your field of study or school of interest.

Scholarships Canada
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Apply to the CU Succeed Youth Bursary open to Ontario resident, post-secondary students with demonstrated financial need and community involvement.

CU Succeed Youth Bursary
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Check out the scholarships offered by WFCU!

WFCU Scholarships
*Students are to be 18 years of age, a Canadian Citizen and Ontario Resident, enrolled as a full time student in an accredited university or college program in Ontario.

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