What is a Credit Union?
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Credit unions are not-for-profit financial institutions. They offer many of the same products and services as banks—including savings and checking accounts, loans, ATMs and online banking—but there are also big differences that can save you money. Credit unions are owned and controlled by their members, not profit-driven shareholders. That means the average credit union can offer better rates and lower fees. Learn about joining a credit union today!
What are the benefits of belonging to a credit union?
Great Financial Services
Credit unions provide a place for members to save and get loans at reasonable rates. Other services vary by credit union, and are tailored to meet members' needs. This is one place where member voting comes in; as a member, you get to say what's important to you. Services include:
- Credit cards with low or no annual fees and low interest rates
- Direct deposits, cable and wire deposits
- Financial education and counseling services
- High interest rates on savings accounts, CDs and money market accounts
- Investment services
- Low cost or free checking with low or no minimum balance requirements
- Low interest rates on mortgages and vehicle loans
- Notary services
- Online banking
Because of the superior personal attention they give to members—and high quality service—credit unions consistently earn higher customer satisfaction ratings when you compare them to banks. In fact, credit unions have consistently ranked highest for service in a Gallup study commissioned by American Banker magazine. Credit unions employ knowledgeable member service representatives who will work with you to make your financial transactions as easy and convenient as possible—and help you achieve your financial goals.
Better Rates and Lower Fees
Credit unions pass any "profits" they make directly back to members. Because there are no shareholders to keep happy, credit unions are able to offer, on average, better rates and lower fees. In fact, credit unions typically offer higher rates on savings and certificates—and much lower rates on loans. That’s because all profits come back to the members—not to a board of directors. And your savings are insured up to $250,000 by the NCUA so your money is safe and secure.