Higher One, leader in providing financial services to higher education administrators and students at more than 800 campuses across the U.S., announces its move to new disclosures recommended by Pew Charitable Trust for its three checking accounts offered through its bank partners. Pew’s project “Safe Checking in the Electronic Age” is broadly calling for financial institutions to standardize their disclosure form with the goal of making checking account terms and fees more transparent and simpler for consumers to understand.
“Higher One stood apart a decade ago when it decided to provide banking services with an unusually transparent fee schedule that now utilizes videos and social media to promote the financial literacy of the accountholder,” said President and COO Miles Lasater, who co-founded Higher One on a college campus in 2000. “Today, we can do more. Our online banking products are inspired by listening to fact-based research and to students through social and campus media, surveys, student government, and advisory boards. What we are hearing is the increased need for simplicity and value in banking and that is our direction. We are continuing to build our services, powered by feedback.”
Today, Higher One’s suite of checking accounts is offered as a part of its proprietary OneDisburse® Refund Management® funds disbursement service. Higher One’s automated process provides students with up to three cost-free choices to receive their financial aid refunds which may include direct deposit to any domestic bank account, a paper check in the mail, or a direct deposit into any full-service checking account in the OneAccount Suite (OneAccount, FLEX and OneAccount Premier). Higher One’s popular OneAccount has no monthly fees and no minimum balance requirement. A head-to-head comparison with national and regional banks names the OneAccount as “one of the lowest cost alternatives” for students. All Higher One checking accounts are FDIC insured and are open to students—regardless of financial or credit history.
As a part of its increased commitment to transparency and value, Higher One is instituting the following with respect to all three of its checking accounts: