Banking Information for International Students

There are many financial institutions in the United States, each with its own policies, procedures, and charges. If you would like to open a bank account, it is important to shop around among financial institutions and choose the institution that fits your needs.

Many students use UFirst Federal Credit Union, TD Bank and Community Bank.  During orientation week, you will have the opportunity to visit these places to determine which one best fits your financial needs.

We strongly encourage students to discuss their banking needs in person with bank representatives.

Required Documents for Opening a Bank Account

Make sure you have the following documents with you when you go to the bank:

  • Passport
  • I-20 or DS-2019 and I-94
  • Proof of address
  • Copy of your Plattsburgh ID card

You cannot open a bank account without these documents. Please stop by the Global Education Office if you need assistance.


Contact Information

If you have any questions about services for international applicants and students at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Global Education Office
State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Kehoe Administration Building, Room 210
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901 USA

Phone: (518) 564-3287; (877) 877-5170 (in U.S. and Canada)
Fax: (518) 564-3292
Email: geo@plattsburgh.edu

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.