Report to the Congress on Government-Administered, General-Use Prepaid Cards - August 2018 Accessible Version

Figure 1. Funds disbursed through prepaid cards in 2017 by program type
Program Type Billions of dollars
Tax refund $0.2
Payroll $0.4
Veterans $1.0
WIC $1.2
Other $2.6
Cash assistance $6.4
Child support $13.3
Unemployment $19.9
Social Security $34.7
SNAP $64.2

Note: Cash assistance includes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, child care, refugee assistance, and general assistance programs

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Figure 2. Cardholder fees: revenue and average fee charged in 2017, by type of fee
Variable Revenues (millions) Avg Fee
Overdraft $0.4M $0.85
Routine Monthly $2.5M $5.76
OTC $0.7M $3.43
Purchase Transaction $3.3M $0.28
Penalty $2.5M $0.59
Customer Service Inquiry $13.2M $0.38
Account Servicing $42.3M $2.61
ATM $85.7M $0.97

Note: Size of bubble represents total revenue from fee.

Position of black dot on vertical-axis represents average fee when charged.

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Last Update: August 16, 2018