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  • 121 Financial CU logo

    121 Financial Credit Union Membership

    • 121 Financial Credit Union is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, and has been serving members since 1935 offering savings, checking, loans, credit and debit cards, online banking, and other related services.
    • Manages $709.88 Million in assets and serves over 50,000 members.

    Membership: 121 Financial offers financial products and services tailored to the unique needs of residents within Florida. Membership is also open to the immediate family of current members.

  • Black Hills FCU logo

    Black Hills Federal Credit Union Membership

    • Black Hills Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota, and has been serving members since 1941.
    • The largest credit union in the state of South Dakota and manages $2.27 Billion in assets serving over 97,000 members.

    Membership: Black Hills provides financial services to residents and businesses within a specific geographical area. Membership is also open to the immediate family of current members.

  • Blue FCU logo

    Blue Federal Credit Union Membership

    • Blue Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming  serving members since 1951.
    • The largest credit union in the state of Wyoming managing $1.9 Billion in assets serving over 120,000 members.

    Membership: Eligibility for Wyoming and Colorado residents.

  • Camino CU logo

    Camino Federal Credit Union Membership

    • Camino Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Montebello, California serving members since 1941
    • Currently $176.66 Million in assets and serves over 13,000 members.

    Membership: Live or work in Southern California.

  • Community Choice CU logo

    Community Choice Credit Union (Iowa) Membership

    • Community Choice Credit Union is headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, and has been serving members since 1953.
    • 7th largest credit union in the state of Iowa, managing $796.74 Million in assets and serving over 51,000 members.

    Membership: If you live and work in defined communities in Iowa or have family who are current members.

  • Combined Employees CU logo

    Combined Employees Credit Union Membership

    • Combined Employees Credit Union is headquartered in Warner Robins, Georgia and has been serving members since 1969.
    • Manages $15.56 Million in assets and serves over 3,000 members.

    Membership: Open to anyone who lives or works in Houston County, Georgia.

  • Cooperative Center FCU logo

    Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union Membership

    • Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Martinez, California and has been serving members since 1942.
    • Manages $134.82 Million in assets and serves over 8,000 members.

    Membership: If you work for one of the employers, or belong to an association within the Cooperative Center’s field of membership, or have a family member who is currently a member.

  • Fort Community Credit Union logo

    Fort Community Credit Union Membership

    • Fort Community Credit Union is headquartered in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and has been serving members since 1940
    • 25th largest credit union in the state of Wisconsin and manages $357.83 Million in assets serving over 22,000 members.

    Membership: Membership is open to anyone living or working in Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, Rock, Walworth, and Waukesha counties.

  • Go Energy CU logo

    Go Energy Credit Union Membership

    • GoEnergy Financial Credit Union is headquartered in Tucker, Georgia and has been serving members since 1969
    • Currently, manages $144.3 Million in assets and serves over 11,000 members.

    Membership: You’re eligible if you work or live in specific counties in Georgia.

  • Great Meadow Federal Credit Union logo

    Great Meadow Federal Credit Union Membership

    • Great Meadow Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Granville, New York has been serving members since 1956
    • Currently, manages $62.39 million in assets and serves over 7,000 members.

    Membership: Anyone who lives, works (or regularly conducts business in), worships, or attends school in businesses and other legal entities located in specific counties in NY and VT.

  • Jeanne D'arc CU logo

    Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Membership

    • Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union is headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts has been serving members since 1911.
    • 6th largest credit union in the state of Massachusetts, managing $2.1 Billion in assets and serving over 100,000 members.

    Membership: Everyone who lives, works, or attends school in designated Massachusetts and New Hampshire counties.

  • Lookout Credit Union Membership

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    • Lookout Credit Union is headquartered in Pocatello, Idaho, serving members since 1952.
    • 9th largest credit union in the state of Idaho, manages $335.82 Million in assets and serves over 28,000 members.

    Membership: Open to everyone who works with partner employers or is a member of specific associations and groups.

  • Lake Trust Credit Union Membership

    • Lake Trust Credit Union is headquartered in Brighton, Michigan and has been serving members since 1944.
    • 8th largest credit union in the state of Michigan, managing $2.58 Billion in assets, serving over 178,000 members.

    Membership: Live, work, worship, or attend school in Michigan.

  • Rutgers FCU logo

    Rutgers Federal Credit Union Membership

    • Rutgers Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Piscataway, New Jersey and has been serving members since 1954,
    • Manages $89.68 Million in assets and serves over 7,000 members.

    Membership: Open to faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Rutgers University.

  • Midwest Community FCU logo

    Midwest Community Federal Credit Union Membership

    • Midwest Community Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Defiance, Ohio and has been serving members since 1954
    • Manages $233.7 Million in assets and serves over 14,000 members.

    Membership: You are eligible if you live, work, worship, or go to school in Defiance, Henry, Fulton, Paulding, Williams, and the northern two-thirds of Putnam County in Ohio.

  • Sentinel Credit Union logo

    Sentinel Federal Credit Union Membership

    • Sentinel Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota and has been serving members since 1955.
    • 9th largest credit union in the state of South Dakota, managing $165.22 Million in assets and serving over 9,000 members.

    Membership: You are eligible if you live, work, worship, or go to school in certain South Dakota counties in and around Rapid City.

What is a Credit Union?

Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives offering many banking products and services. These include:

  • Checking
  • Savings
  • Money Market
  • Certificates
  • Car Loans
  • Personal Loans
  • Credit Cards
  • Mortgages
  • Debit cards
  • Direct deposit and other electronic transfers
  • Online banking and bill pay
  • Mobile banking and deposit via an app
  • Investment services, insurance, and more.

As financial cooperatives, credit unions exist for the mutual benefit of their members. In fact, you’re a member, not a customer, when you bank with a credit union.

Read more: Learn All About Credit Unions

Why Join a Credit Union

Credit unions offer competitive interest rates.

Credit unions are highly competitive when it comes to savings rates and interest rates on loans and credit cards. This is due to the lower cost of operations and the tax exemptions that allow them to invest profits back into the membership.

Credit unions are democratically governed.

This means you get a voice, and elections are based on a one-member, one-vote philosophy. As a credit union member, your participation is vital. Make your voice heard at your credit union by communicating and attending the annual member events.

Credit unions are regulated and insured.

Credit unions are highly regulated financial entities, and federally chartered credit unions are supervised by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an independent federal agency that regulates, charters, and supervises federal credit unions. State-chartered credit unions are regulated by the state for which they operate.

Differences between credit unions and banks

Because of their not-for-profit structure, making profits for shareholders isn’t a goal. Profits are reinvested into the membership to grow financial offerings and support members.

Like other not-for-profit organizations, some credit unions enjoy federal tax exemptions, allowing them to offer better rates on savings accounts, lower rates on loans, and little or no fees. It’s also important to understand that credit unions pay other types of taxes, such as state, sales, and payroll taxes. They contribute taxes back into the community for which they serve.

How to Join a Credit Union

There are thousands of credit unions all across the United States. This means you have plenty of choices.

Each credit union has membership eligibility requirements. You’re eligible to join a credit union because of where you live, work, worship, attend school, or are related to an existing member.

Here are the steps to join a credit union.

Step 1: Find a Credit Union

You can search the marketplace to find a credit union in your state. There is a good chance you’ll meet the eligibility requirements for membership.

Step 2: Verify Your Membership Eligibility

Review the requirements listed in the description of each credit union. You’ll notice they’ll have eligibility listed, such as:

  • having family belonging to a local credit union
  • living in a particular area
  • working for a company
  • belonging to a group
  • a member of a church
  • student or alumni of a school
  • or even by joining an association when you apply

Step 3: Open Your Membership Account

Credit unions allow you to apply for membership online or by visiting the local branch. To verify your identity, bring your valid ID and proof of address.

Most credit unions require a membership share account that establishes your relationship.

You must have this share account to become a “member-owner” of the credit union. Additionally, this share deposit is “locked in” and cannot be used for the entirety of your membership.

Each credit union has a specific membership share deposit requirement. It’s often between $5-$50.

*Note: Once you close your credit union membership, you get back the share deposit.

Step 4: Make Use of Your Credit Union Membership

After becoming a member-owner, you’re eligible to open accounts at the credit union. It’s good to know that credit unions often use different names for the same products you’ll find at banks. For instance, they might refer to checking accounts as “share draft accounts.”

Most importantly, “Once a member, always a member.”

Once you’ve joined a credit union, you’re a member for life. You can keep your credit union even if you move out of your city, leave a job, or change churches or associations.

With convenient online services and mobile apps, it is easy to keep your membership going. And once you’re a member, you can invite your immediate family to join, too.

Remember, you’re a member-owner, so do more with your credit union.

Your participation is vital to the credit union’s success. That means using more of your credit union’s banking services, loans, and other services. The revenues made from these services help the cooperative cover its expenses, grow its offerings, and remain financially stable.

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