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Save up to $150 per year

Each member household saves an average $150 a year with a Members 1st Credit Union Free Checking account as opposed to the average bank account. By choosing Free Checking with Members 1st, you’ll rack up savings due to reduced loan rates, higher saving rates, and fewer and cheaper fees compared to most banks. View the results of our independent study.

Don’t believe us? The proof is in the pudding. View the comparison below of some of the most common bank fees and checking account features compared to Members 1st.

Type Members 1st BOA Wells Fargo Chase US Bank
Monthly service fee $0 $12.00 $10.00 $12.00 $8.95
Minimum Deposit $0 $25.00 $50.00 $25.00 $25.00
Out-of-Network ATM fee $0 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50
Bill pay fee $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Overdraft transfer fee $0 $12.00 $12.50 $10.00 $12.50
Insufficient funds fee $26.00 $35.00 $35.00 $34.00 $36.00
Stop payment fee $26.00 $30.00 $31.00 $30.00 $36.00
Courtesy pay fee $26.00 $35.00 $35.00 $34.00 $36.00
Card replacement fee $5.00 $5.00 $0 $5.00 $0

Comparison based on information obtained on issuers' websites or from customer service representatives as of July 2016.

Type Members 1st BOA Wells Fargo Chase US Bank
Debit card
Ampre debit rewards
Direct deposit
Subaccounts
Bill pay
Remote check deposit
eAlerts
eStatements
Free Overdraft Protection
Courtesy Pay
30,000 ATMs

Comparison based on information obtained on issuers' websites or from customer service representatives as of February 2015.

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Calculations based on average of two foreign ATM fees, two insufficient fund fee, one stop payment fee, and one courtesy pay fee per 12-month period. The figures entered on the input page of this calculator are for hypothetical purposes only. You should enter figures that are appropriate to your individual situation. The results provided by this calculator are also intended for illustrative purposes only and accuracy is not guaranteed. Members 1st Credit Union and its affiliates are not tax or legal advisors. This calculator is not intended to offer any tax , legal, financial, or investment advice and does not assure the availability of or your eligibility for any specific product offered by Members 1st Credit Union, its affiliates or any other institution, nor does this calculator predict or guarantee the actual results of any investment product. The terms and conditions of products offered by institutions will differ and may affect the results of the calculator. Please consult with qualified professionals to discuss your situation. The final APR may differ from the APR in the above results due to additional fees that may be applicable.

1The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) estimates that Members 1st Credit Union provided $1,475,979 in direct financial benefits to its 17,608 members during the twelve months ending September 2011. These benefits are equivalent to $84 per member or $159 per member household.

Estimated total benefits of credit union membership are calculated by accounting for differences in credit union and bank pricing. Specifically, average credit union savings account yields, loan interest rates, and fees are compared to average bank savings account yields, loan interest rates and fees. The interest rate differences are then applied to respective average credit union loan and savings balances. Fee differences are weighted and applied to credit union non-interest income to obtain the total estimated benefits arising from fees. These benefits are averages. Mathematically, that means the total benefits provided are divided across all members (or all member households) - even those who conduct very little financial business with California credit unions.

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Debit Card

Features

  • Pay for everyday purchases without carrying cash or checks
  • Use where cash or checks aren't accepted—like online
  • Use at millions of locations world wide, anywhere Visa is accepted
  • Equipped with EMV technology to protect your transactions
  • Available at 30,000 ATM locations—find an ATM
  • Ampre Debit Rewards are cash back offers tied directly to your Debit card from your favorite local and national brands—register your card.
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  • Your card is protected with Visa’s Zero Liability Policy and other benefits.
Ampre Debit Rewards

Ampre Debit Rewards

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30,000 ATMs

30,000 ATMs

Take your Debit Card anywhere knowing you have access to 30,000 surcharge free ATMs with the CO-OP ATM Network.

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EMV

EMV

Your Debit Card comes equipped with an EMV chip, the latest in technology and safety improvements.

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Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay

Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay

Using Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay in apps and the web happens in seconds with your mobile devices.

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Direct Deposit

Fast and easy access to your hard-earned money.

Don't wait to deposit your paycheck or government benefits. Income received from your employer, Social Security, pension and retirement plans, the Armed Forces, VA benefits, and annuity or dividend payments may all qualify for Direct Deposit. Sign up for eAlerts and receive an email or text notification each time your funds are deposited.

ConvenientYour money is deposited automatically into your Members 1st account, ready for you to use immediately.

FastDirect Deposits post the day we receive them from your employer rather than waiting for the 1st or 15th, meaning you may receive your paycheck 24-48 hours sooner than at other financial institutions.

SecureNever worry about checks getting lost, delayed, or stolen.

Bill Pay

Simplify your life.

Overview

Simplify your life and pay all your bills from one convenient location. No more sorting through stacks of bills, keeping track of due dates, or remembering multiple usernames and passwords for biller websites. Decide who, when, and how much to pay with Members 1st Bill Pay.

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  • Free, no monthly or annual fees
  • Pay family members or friends online
  • Schedule one-time or recurring payments
  • View billing statements within Bill Pay
  • Decide who, when, and how much to pay
  • Pay all your bills from one location
  • Accessible from your desktop/tablet/mobile devices

Remote Check Deposit

Deposit checks into your account anywhere, anytime.

Instructions

  1. Download the Members 1st Mobile App to your smartphone or tablet and login to your account
  2. Endorse your check by signing the back
  3. Enter your check amount and desired account location to be deposited
  4. Snap photos of the front and back of your check and you're done

Security

Your security is our utmost priority, which is why remote deposit transmissions are safeguarded by 128-bit SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption to prevent unauthorized access. The secure login information is never stored on your smartphone or tablet. For added protection, an automatic inactivity logout occurs if the app is inactive for ten minutes. Plus, account numbers are truncated and masked to only display the last four digits.

Read the Remote Check Deposit Disclaimer. To ensure the safety of your personal and account information, download mobile apps from reputable sources only. We encourage users to download the most recent version of our apps. You can download the Members 1st Credit Union iPhone® App from the App Store and the Members 1st Credit Union Mobile App for Android from Google Play. The iPhone® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Message and data rates may apply from your wireless carrier. The iPhone® App requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

Remote Check Deposit
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App Download and Activation

Download and activate the Members 1st App.

Complete App Overview

Review all of the app features and capabilities.

Remote Check Deposit

Deposit checks remotely with the Members 1st app.

Access Your Account

Complete access from Mobile Banking, Online Banking, Telephone Banking, and the Mobile App.
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Notifications

Easily stay in touch with your finances.

eStatementsEliminate the hassle and security risk of storing printed statements. Have access to your statements immediately, online at your fingertips.

  • Delivered faster than a paper statement
  • Stores 24 months of statements
  • Download statements to save or print
  • Environmentally friendly

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eAlertsSet up email or text alerts to notify you of low balances, large deposits, loan payments processed, large withdrawals, and much more.

  • Receive instant email or text notification
  • Setup savings goals or milestones
  • Monitor your account for fraudulent activity
  • Keep track of low balance thresholds to avoid fees or bounced checks

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Exclusive Membership Discounts

Discounts at the following businesses are included with your membership.

Switch Kit

Take the hassle out of switching checking accounts

Create the necessary forms and letters to switch your account

  • Letter to your old bank requesting an account closure (wait 30 days to submit)
  • Letter to your old bank requesting a check of remaining funds
  • Letter to your employer requesting direct deposit setup to your new account
  • Letter requesting automatic withdrawal (ACH) change for utilities, rent/mortgage, or other vendors/merchants
  • Worksheet of all generated letters to keep track of their status and completion
  • Letter requesting direct deposit for taxes or retirement
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