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It's time to bust some credit union myths.
FACT: While credit unions don’t have thousands of branches with their logo on them across the country, many of them are part of the CO-OP Shared Branch Network. This gives members access to thousands of branches, and in some cases, ATMs, across the United States.
The CO-OP Shared Branch logo signifies these branches. You can visit these credit unions or credit union service centers while you’re out of town to make deposits, payments or withdrawals. There are over 5,000 locations nationwide!
FACT: It’s not as difficult as people make it out to be. Most of the time, we get comfortable using one place, so it seems like a hassle to switch your money over. This isn’t the case!
Many credit unions have a switch kit to make the process easier. It helps you by making a short checklist of things you need to do to switch over to another financial institution. This way, nothing’s forgotten and there’s no stress (the way it should be)!
FACT: This one is really far from the truth. Many credit unions have online banking and mobile apps for their members to use. These aren’t some cut-and-paste mobile apps either—many of them have great features like transfers, card controls, quick balance, graphs to show what you’re spending and even remote deposit.
The next time someone says that credit unions only allow you to visit a branch to perform transactions, let them know that credit unions offer much, much more than just personalized service in a branch. They also have high tech digital services available to their members for convenient account access whenever, wherever.
As a not-for-profit financial institution, the credit union is democratically controlled by the members. The board of directors is made up of volunteers who are actual members of the credit union as well. These board members are voted on by other members of the credit union. Banks, however, are run by their shareholders, and their positions are paid.
They also give back through community service, constantly working with and supporting local businesses, and finding ways to spread financial education to people in their towns.
1APR = Annual Percentage Rate. Rates shown above are the lowest offered by Pelican State Credit Union for the advertised product. Loan approval is based on certain credit criteria. Not everyone will qualify for rate or APR advertised. Loan rate, term, and monthly payment are determined by credit worthiness, collateral, and loan to value. Not all applicants may be approved. Rates may change after account is opened. New/Used Autos: APR calculated using lowest interest rate offered for this product (4.24%), a 48-month term, and a $10,000 loan amount which includes a $55 document fee. Resulting APR of 4.52% at this term and loan amount equals an estimated monthly payment of $226.94. Payment may vary based on credit protection products added to the loan. Personal Loans: APR calculated using interest rate of 7.75%, a 12-month term, and a $3,000 loan amount which includes a $15 document fee. Resulting APR of 8.68% at this term and loan amount equals an estimated monthly payment of $260.74. Payment may vary based on credit protection products added to the loan.
2APY = Annual Percentage Yield. Rates shown above are the highest offered by Pelican State Credit Union for the advertised product. Share Certificates: APY listed reflects a 60 month term. Minimum opening balance $500.00. There could be a penalty imposed for early withdrawal. Rates are fixed for the term of the certificate, but may change after that. Rewards Checking: A minimum deposit of $25 is required to open Kasasa Cash account. Rates and rewards may change after account is opened. This account is a tiered rate account. When your Kasasa Cash account qualifications are met during a Monthly Qualification Cycle, average daily balances up to and including $7,500 in your Kasasa Cash (tier 1) account earn a dividend rate of 4.17% resulting in an APY of 4.25%; and average daily balances over $7,500 (tier 2) earn a dividend rate of 0.50% on the portion of the average daily balance over $7,500, resulting in a range from 4.25% to 0.76% APY depending on the account's average daily balance. When your Kasasa Cash qualifications are not met, the dividend rate earned on the account's entire average daily balance will be 0.05% resulting in an annual percentage yield of 0.05% and ATM withdrawal fees are not refunded. APY calculations are based on an assumed balance of $7,500 (tier 1) + $100,000 (tier 2) in your Kasasa Cash account and an assumed statement cycle of thirty-one (31) days. The minimum service requirements include: (1) making 15 debit card point-of-sale purchases (ATM transactions and transfers between accounts do not qualify) that are cleared and posted to your account during the qualification period; (2) having direct deposit, ACH debit or credit, or Bill Pay transaction posted to your Kasasa Cash account; (3) accessing online or mobile banking once during qualification period; and (4) receiving your monthly statement electronically. Transactions may take 1 or more banking days from the date transaction was made to post to and settle account. The qualification period is defined as a period beginning on the last day of the prior calendar month and ending on the next-to-last day of the calendar month. ATM receipt must be presented for reimbursement of ATM fees of $5.00 or higher within 30 days after the statement cycle where the reimbursement was applicable in order to receive a refund. The advertised Kasasa Cash APY is based on compounding dividends. If member has a Kasasa Saver account, dividends earned on Kasasa Cash balances are automatically transferred to Kasasa Saver each statement cycle and do not compound. Actual dividends paid may be less than advertised Kasasa Cash APY. The Kasasa Saver APYs may be less than Kasasa Cash APYs. Not everyone will qualify to open a Kasasa Cash rewards checking account. Pelican reserves the right to limit the number of accounts allowed per member, joint or individually. Federally insured by NCUA. Kasasa and Kasasa Cash are trademarks of Kasasa, Ltd., registered in the U.S.A.