WalletHub, Financial Company
Your Discover it® Secured Credit Card may graduate to unsecured as soon as seven months (6th billing cycle) after account opening, assuming you pay your monthly bills on time and otherwise manage your finances responsibly. But there’s no guarantee when, or if, it will happen. It all comes down to Discover’s determination of your creditworthiness. After the seven-month mark, Discover’s credit analysts will periodically review both your account and your overall credit history to see whether it’s appropriate to refund your security deposit, thus graduating you to an unsecured card. But there are some steps you can take to improve your odds.
Here’s how to become a Discover it Secured Credit Card graduate:
- Pay on time. This is probably the most important part of the process. You must have 6 consecutive months of on time payments to your account. If you don’t pay your Discover it Secured Credit Card bills by the due date, you won’t even be considered for graduation.
- Use your card responsibly. Maintaining low credit utilization will indicate to Discover that you can handle an unsecured card. So aim to use only 30% or less of your Discover it Secured Credit Card’s limit.
- Maintain a good status: You must maintain 6 consecutive months of good status with your Discover account(s) and all your other credit accounts.
- Improve your other finances. Adding to your income and paying down debt will improve your creditworthiness as a whole, making you a better candidate for an unsecured card.
If you do graduate, you should receive your full deposit back within 5-7 business days after your account is converted. If you haven’t received it during this time, call Discover customer service at 1-800-347-2683 for assistance.
And lastly, if it’s been over a year and you’ve always paid on time but haven’t heard from Discover, you should give them a call to inquire about graduating. Even if they say no, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Discover it® Secured Credit Card
Diquan Burton, Member
You can get if after the 7th billing cycle after they review your account and overall credit and if you graduate at that point you will receive your full refund in 5-7 bussniess days....but if u don’t they will review every month after that. But you can get your full deposit back if you close the account all together but it will take two full billing cycle to the the actually deposit back
Just opened the app and saw they converted mine after 7 months and I got an increase so i’m happy.
Todd Briggs, Member
It's 7 months after you open the card, and only if you've been paying the bills on time, and just shown that you're trustworthy.
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Or you could prove yourself responsible, improve your credit dramtically, run 20k through the card and pay in full every month only to not be graduated well after a year and find that no one there knows why your card wont graduate yet beg you to keep waiting!