My little sister a year ago got approved for a Walmart Store card and somehow a few months ago got a CLI to almost 1700 from her original 800. But she has brought up to me that in school she can't even use the walmart card anywhere since it's a store card. She PIF every month so I know she is responsible with her card.
She does have a part time job but her income would be pretty low, so I'm not sure her best options for a new card. The Walmart Discover I thought would be a logical start but, Discover in itself is not widely accepted. At the same time I was thinking of recommending Capital One, since I started off there with no revolving credit history and a part time job. Any ideas on what to use? I'd rather not subject her to cards with an AF or lolwut fees on them.
GE does not take requests to graduate cards, you either get the card at first, usually requiring 740+ to get it, or you have to wait usually a year or more. I would recomend she tries with CapOne see if pre-approved, she may get a rewards card with a small $39 AF or a non rewards card with zero AF.
I opened my first credit card in 2007 with a Credit Union Visa... It's a local institution. I started with a $500 limit, no annual fee, 12.9% APR.
Might want to see what is local to you.
I would highly recommend the student version of the Citi Forward. It's a no AF Visa. Was my first credit card and the rewards are exceptional for the type of spending done in school. As a student card, it's pretty easy to get approved for, and now that I've graduated I'm still using it for Amazon and restaurant purchases because of the 5x back. Maybe I was just fortunate, but I also got a $4k limit as a sophomore with no history but student loans. It's a great card, and while they haven't increased my CL (to be fair I haven't asked for one), they do occasionally reduce my APR.
If she has any income, go for the student version of cards. Some are harder t. Get than others. Citibank, wells Fargo, cap one, and discover.