Judging by the ridiculous number of applications for platinum cards I get in the post every week from all manner of banks, I am sure by extrapolation that pretty much every student would be eligible for one.
[I have a modest student loan and a credit card with a credit limit under a grand. And no bank balance to speak of.]
I have received the following email from IC alumni relations:
As the contact in the Office of Alumni and Development for the Imperial College Affinity Card, I am writing in response to the article and subsequent discussion currently posted on cgcu.net website.
I feel that I must clarify that the Imperial College Platinum MasterCard is not available to students. A pre-requisite for a HFC Affinity cardholder is that the applicant must be in full time employment, and hence the card is not promoted to the student body, although its existence, as you rightly point out in your article, directly benefits students via the Imperial College Hardship Fund. I would appreciate it if you could clarify this point in the article posted.
The card is, however, available to all graduates and staff of Imperial, and there will be some presence from HFC at Commemoration Day this year to promote the card to the graduating students of 2002.
With regard to the card design, a new card, which will incorporate Imperial College London, will go into production at the end of the year, to coincide with the launch of the branding exercise. Unfortunately, the current card was designed before the full extent of the exercise had been developed.
I very much appreciate you bringing the card to the attention of your readers, and am interested to read the responses that have been posted so far. Hopefully this will pre-empt some applications from future graduates. However, I feel that it is rather important that your readers are made aware that students cannot apply!
Thanks and best wishes
Office of Alumni and Development
303 Sherfield Building
Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine