Credit Union Difference
A credit union is a not-for-profit financial institution. The first credit unions were formed in the early 1900s by small groups of citizens with common interests who wanted to pool their money and lend it to one another. What these working-class people created was a cooperative, and all participating members bought "shares" and became owners of the cooperative.
Today, credit unions offer many products and services. They've kept pace with technological advances and service options, to provide as much value to their members as possible.
As publicly-traded companies, banks are expected to produce profits for their stockholders. In fact, nearly 1/3 of the profit made by banks comes from customer fees. On the other hand, dividends generated by a credit union are returned to the cooperative. This allows Financial Access to offer better rates on savings and loans to our members than banks - along with lower fees.
Here are some examples of what Financial Access Federal Credit Union can do for you: The credit Union benefits include:
- Offer low-interest loans to people of low or modest income so they can purchase a vehicle. Examples are Reliable Rides and Fresh Start to help build people's financial capacity.
- Introduce adults without a financial institution or who are frustrated with their current institution to checking and savings options that will fit their needs and goals
- Educate children and teens to make them financially aware and able to manage their money effectively
- Assist individuals and families with credit repair
- Provide basic financial resources to the underserved
- Offer secure online banking options, shared Branching and mobile banking so you can enjoy banking anywhere anytime. There is no need to join a big bank.
Many credit unions are locally owned and operated, and most provide financial education to their members to help them make informed decisions. We have been established since 1958. We are your local trusted 5 star Credit Union.
Because credit union employees live where they work, they are very active in their communities. They donate time and money to a variety of causes and charitable organizations. And they reach out to those who could benefit from a local financial institution.
Truly, credit unions are a dependable and people-focused community resource. Try us!