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Are you one of the 58,550 students who got their Leaving Cert results today? If so, congrats! You made it!
We hope you're happy with how you got on, but if it didn't go your way, remember that it isn't the be-all and end-all (despite what you might have heard).
The so-called "best years of your life" are just around to corner and very soon you'll know what course and college awaits.
One thing that you probably aren't thinking about right now is which bank to open an account with. It isn't the most exciting topic, but it'll be one of the first things you do during Freshers' Week.
Every year, the banks descend upon college campuses to dangle sign-up incentives in front of new students in a bid to win their long-term loyalty.
KBC has been quick out of the blocks this year with the announcement that it is offering €100 cold hard cash to students who open an account.
If you’re aged 17 or over and are registered with a third-level Irish institution for a course that requires more than 21 hours a week, you can get your hands on €100 cash by opening a current account with KBC before October 31st.
Once you open your account, €10 will be transferred to you straight away. Following that, if you activate your account and make 10 debit card transaction before December 31st, the remaining €90 will be awarded to you in January.
Sign-up incentives are nice but it’s always important to look at every feature of an account when considering which one is right for you.
With KBC, you'll get fee-free contactless payments, debit card transactions, ATM withdrawals and cashback, and there are no maintenance fees either.
You'll also get access to Android Pay and Apple Pay, which are handy new apps growing in popularity, In fact, KBC customers made 78,000 transactions with Android Pay and Apple Pay in the first six months of the year.
You can open a KBC Student Current Account here now.
Money management can be as stressful as Maths Paper II for students, but here at bonkers.ie we're on hand to help this academic year.
We've put together a list of essential savings tips for new students as well as a run through of our favourite money-management apps and a round-up of the best student-friendly broadband deals available at the moment.
Every year, we also review the best student current account offers. Stay tuned for out 2017 review, coming soon!
KBC and Ireland’s other banks are particularly keen to recruit students to their ranks in the hope that they will stick with them until it's time to get a mortgage and other large loans down the line.
But for you students out there, that’s a worry for another day. Right now, you could make yourself €100 richer by simply signing up for a current account with KBC.
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