Chequing Accounts

Students First Account

A smart setup for student life.

Take on the world

A flexible chequing account with unlimited transactions. You'll be able to get money to the people who matter, reliably and securely.

Save on fees

Hit the books while we take care of the numbers. No minimum balance and no monthly fee, so you won't have to stress about your bank account.

Protect your balance

Apply for optional Overdraft Protection and provide a cushion for unexpected changes to your balance. Pay only if you use it.1

Key product details

Monthly fee $0
Interac e-Transfer® Unlimited, free
Interac e-Transfer Request Money $1.50 each
Global Transfers $50 - $999.99: $5 CAD
$1,000 - $5,000: Free
Special countries: $15 CAD

Frequently Asked Questions

The Students First Account is only available to full-time undergraduate students at not-for-profit post-secondary educational institutions. Full-time status can vary and is determined by the post-secondary institution in which students are enrolled.

To open a new Students First Account, you'll need to provide proof of enrolment. This  could be a photo or screenshot of your tuition receipt, letter of acceptance or time table. We'll reach out to you if we need to confirm your enrolment to maintain your student status in September of each year.

Yes. This could be a joint account. Your co-applicant does not have to be a student.

Within Alberta, you pay regular fees at non-ATB ABMs. You should be notified of these fees and prompted to approve them before proceeding with the transaction.

Withdraw cash at any ABM outside Alberta, but within Canada, on our dime. We'll reimburse $4.50 per withdrawal for up to two withdrawals per month.

Travelling outside of Canada? Withdraw cash at any ABM on the Cirrus® network for a fee of $5 per withdrawal (this does not include fees you may agree to pay when making the withdrawal at the non-ATB ABM). We'll reimburse $8 for one withdrawal each month at ABMs in the US.2

After you’ve applied and been approved for overdraft protection, you won’t pay for it unless you decide to use it. If Overdraft Protection is used, there is a minimum charge of $4 or interest, whichever is greater. Interest is calculated daily on the daily closing overdrawn balance at 19.25% per annum, charged and payable monthly.2

Overdraft Protection is only available by application and on approved credit.

Ready to get started?

Student life can be tough, but with a Students First Account, managing your money doesn't have to give you a headache.

If you're an existing ATB customer, sign up below. If you're new to ATB, give us a call and we'll get you going.

Need help?

Our Client Care team will be happy to assist.