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September 26, 2013

Huntington Bank offers linking Viking Card with student checking accounts

By Alberto Paneccasio

In the summer of 2013 Cleveland State University invited Huntington Bank to open a branch on the campus in the main classroom building.

One of the many benefits of having the Huntington Bank opening a branch on campus is that the university and the bank have entered into an agreement to link the Viking Card with the bank’s ATM services and checking accounts.

To use the new service, students, staff and faculty will need to open a checking account with the bank if they do not already have one. Huntington Bank is providing any student with an asterisk-free checking account free of charge, with no monthly fees, no minimal balance penalties, no maintenance fees, and free text alerts.

“Students and faculty have the ability to add a debit transaction and ATM withdrawal feature to their Viking Cards if they have a Huntington Bank account,” said George Link III, Assistant Branch Manager. “This option will give additional security and convenience to those who take advantage of the Huntington Bank-Cleveland State University partnership.”

Huntington bank employees think that students want to carry as little as they can. Your Viking card serves as the official form of ID that they need to open any account with Huntington.

This new checking account offered to students, faculty and staff comes with free ID theftresolution services, free online banking and bill pay and free deposit-to-deposit overdraftprotection. Plus, it features a mobile banking with alerts and a linked savings account, members also qualify for certain relationship discounts. The account even comes with a 24-hour grace period.Huntington Bank Branch in Main Classroom at CSU

“To set this up with your following Viking card you have to do three steps before you can link your card up,” said George Link III, Assistant Branch Manager.

We are a relationship type of bank where we want to be able to work with people just starting to get into the financial world, especially with students getting their first checking account or saving accounts, according to Link III.

Before Huntington bank came to campus they only had one ATM in the student center. Since they are branched out of Columbus and an Ohio bank they have become one of the strongest and most reliable banks in the country.

Cleveland State now has five ATMs spread throughout campus, including the dorms as well as the branche’s five bankers here on campus.

“Our job is to go out and meet as many people as we can so we can answer any questions you may have, we are a very flexible team here at Huntington Bank,” Link III said.