Consumer Awareness

What is a Credit Union?

Credit unions provide financial services to consumers with a primary focus on member experience – setting them apart from other financial service providers.

Because they are a cooperative, not-for-profit financial institution, credit unions typically offer higher rates on savings and lower rates on loans. Profits from a credit union go back to the members, primarily in the form of better rates and fees, and investments in service.

Each credit union serves a “field of membership” – which is something that all members have in common. You can also join a credit union based on your location or affiliated organization.

Savings in a credit union are insured by the NCUA up to $250,000, so your money is safe and secure.

It’s easy to find a credit union you can join. Use the credit union locator below or simply ask your local credit union…they’ll be sure to help!

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Who Can Join a Credit Union?

You can also join a credit union based on your location or affiliated organization.

  • Employer – many employers provide credit union membership as an employee benefit
  • Geographic Location – many credit unions serve members that live, work or attend school in a geographic area
  • Family – many credit unions allow family members to join. So if someone in your family is already a member…you can join too!
  • Membership in Groups such as a church, a labor union, or another membership association.

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