Your son can apply for the Discover it® Student Cash Back credit card. There is no annual fee. Every purchase on the card will get a 1% cash back reward. Also, you can earn 5% cash back at different places each quarter like gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, Amazon.com and more up to the quarterly maximum, each time you activate. You have to register each quarter to get this bonus. Credit activity will be reported to the major credit bureaus, so your son will be able to build his credit history.
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