As a member of Illinois Educators Credit Union, you know that membership has its perks: great rates and lower fees, friendly personal service, and a wide range of products and services. If you have enjoyed the benefits of IECU membership, be sure to tell others about us! The best compliment a member can give us is a referral. If you have friends, family, or colleagues who fall into our field of membership, encourage them to open an IECU membership.
Our field of membership includes employees and retired employees of all public school districts in Sangamon County; employees of Athens CUSD #213, Carlinville CUSD #1, Greenview CUSD #200, andWinchester CUSD #1; members of the Illinois Edcuation Association; employees, retired employees, and students of the University of Illinois at Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College; employees of the Hope School Learning Center, the Sangamon Area Special Education District (SASED), and the Horace Mann Insurance Companies; and immediate family members of current IECU members. For questions about membership eligibility, please contact IECU at (217) 528-2642.
The holidays have drawn to a close, but has that stack of bills continued to grow? Ask about IECU’s Skip-a-Pay program and lighten the load! Skip-a-Pay allows you to skip a regular monthly loan payment to free up some money when you need it for other expenses.
To help with the “holiday hangover,” IECU is offering a reduced Skip-a-Pay fee! Through January 31, 2015, you will pay just $25 per skipped loan payment instead of the regular $35 fee. Don’t miss out on this special limited-time offer!
Skip-a-Pay is available on loans with balances of up to $30,000, excluding Second Mortgages and Visa Credit Cards. Depending on the current balance and status of your loan, you may skip up to two payments per year. A completed Skip-a-Pay application is required, along with the fee for each skipped payment. Applications are also availble in the IECU Offices, and may be submitted in person or by fax (email applications are not accepted). When the Skip-a-Pay period is over, your payments will resume as usual per your loan agreement. For addtional information about the terms and conditions of IECU’s Skip-a-Pay program, please contact one of our Loan Officers.
For IECU members who are traveling or don’t live close to our offices, the CO-OP ATM and Shared Branch Networks provide convenient access to funds. These networks offer access to thousands of ATM and credit union branch locations throughout the United States, as well as some international locations. To make it easy to find an ATM or Shared Branch location, CO-OP offers two easy-to-use smartphone apps! The CO-OP ATM Locator app and the CO-OP Shared Branch app are both free to download and are available for iPhone and Android devices. Check the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android) and see how easy it can be to find an ATM or Shared Branch location near you!
In our Winter 2014 Newsletter released in January, Illinois Educators Credit Union members were notified of changes coming to the IECU fee schedule. These changes will take effect on March 1, 2014. The updated fee schedule may be viewed here, and you may also pick up a copy at either IECU Office.
Under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act), consumers have the right to obtain a free copy of their credit report once every 12 months from each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, TranUnion, and Experian. These reporting agencies have created AnnualCreditReport.com, a centralized service for consumers to request their free credit reports. The site offers a quick and secure way to request, view, and print your credit report.
IECU strongly encourages members to check their credit reports on a regular basis. Regular monitoring of your credit report will allow you to verify that all of the information is accurate and that all accounts in your name are rightfully yours. If you discover any incorrect information or an account that you did not open, it’s important to notify the credit reporting companies as soon as possible.
You may choose to request your credit report from one reporting agency every few months, allowing you to check your report periodically throughout the year, or you may request all three reports at the same time. Requesting a copy of your credit report will not negatively affect your credit score.
To request your credit report on AnnualCreditReport.com, you will be asked to provide your name, date of birth, Social Security Number, and address information. You can then pick which report(s) you would like to request, and you will be able to review the information and print it for your records. You may also request your credit report by phone or by mail. Additional information can be found on AnnualCreditReport.com.
Be sure to access AnnualCreditReport.com by clicking on the link above, or type the address directly into your Internet browser to be certain you are on the right website.
IECU is proud to bring our members the myCUmortgage program! Members throughout the state of Illinois can apply for a mortgage from IECU. Whether you are looking to buy a home or refinance an existing mortgage, we have affordable options to suit your needs. The application process is easy: contact an IECU Loan Officer and we’ll help you get started on the road to purchasing a home. To speak with a Loan Officer or to schedule an appointment, please call (217) 528-2642.
If you don’t already have an IECU Debit Card, here’s another great reason to get one! Members can now sign up for the Prewards Program! Prewards are digital coupons that give you instant savings from a variety of retail stores, restaurants, and other merchants, and you redeem them just by using your IECU Debit Card. Here’s how it works:
- Go to www.ileducatorscu.myprewards.com to sign up and register your IECU Debit Card.
- Choose how you want to receive updates about available offers (text message and/or email). Offers can also be viewed by logging on to the Online Dashboard.
- Review the offers available to you. Examples are $10 off a purchase of $50, or $5 off a purchase of $20. The offers are designed by the merchants and are automatically applied to your Debit Card.
- To redeem a merchant’s Preward offer, make a qualifying purchase and pay with your Debit Card. The savings will be credited to your account and will appear on your IECU statement!
Prewards are a great way to save at places you already shop, so sign up today! For additional information or questions, please contact IECU.
IECU is pleased to be part of the CO-OP Shared Branch Network, a nationwide network! Shared branching allows our members to utilize the branches of other participating credit unions to conduct transactions on IECU accounts. If you are unable to visit an IECU branch, you can instead locate a participating credit union to:
- Make deposits and withdrawals
- Make loan payments
- Cash checks
- Make transfers between accounts
- Check your IECU account balances
The CO-OP Shared Branch network includes thousands of credit unions across the United States. Shared branches provide a convenient, easy-to-access option for members who are traveling or those who do not live or work near an IECU branch. When visiting a shared branch location, you will need to provide the name of your Credit Union, your IECU account number, and a valid photo ID.
Finding a shared branch location is easy! Visit www.co-opsharedbranch.org, download the Shared Branch smartphone app, look for the Shared Branch logo, or call 800-919-2872.
Applying for membership is easy! Our field of membership now includes members of the Illinois Educators Association!
Call 1-800-697-7728 to get started or Apply Online today!
If you find a loan rate better than ours, we may be able to beat it by .25%. The final rate must fall within Credit Union guidelines.
Rate must be verifiable by the Credit Union. If it cannot be, the member will be required to provide documentation prior to loan rate adjustment.