What is Courtesy Pay?
Courtesy Pay is a service that adds a measure of protection to your checking account. Courtesy Pay may cover your insufficient funds checks, up to your approved limit, for one low fee per covered overdraft transaction. That means, instead of returning a check to the merchant because of insufficient funds, the credit union may pay your check, saving you additional charges from the merchant collection companies, in addition to the credit union’s insufficient fund fee. It saves you the embarrassment an inadvertent overdraft can cause. It also helps protect your credit rating.
How does Courtesy Pay work?
Overdrafts on your checking account, including the amount of the overdrawn item(s) and the Courtesy Pay fee(s), may be honored by Fort Financial Credit Union. A $33 fee will be assessed for each item that draws your account negative. You then have up to 30 days to bring the account current, either through a direct deposit, transfer of funds or a deposit at one of our branch locations.
What if I already have overdraft protection?
If you have established other overdraft protection methods, such as a line of credit or automatic transfer from another account, we will always look to pay any overdraft by those other methods first before paying your overdraft utilizing Courtesy Pay and imposing a $33 fee for each overdraft we pay. Speak to a member service representative about establishing a line of credit or other alternatives.
Do I have to apply for this service?
No. We require no applications or additional signatures. As long as you are a member in good standing which includes having an account with us, you make regular deposits to that account, bring your account back to a positive balance regularly and there are no legal orders against the account, your Courtesy Pay privilege remains activated.
How can I access Courtesy Pay?
Overdrafts may be paid utilizing your Courtesy Pay funds up to the limits mentioned above for the following types of transactions:
- Electronic transactions
Can the credit union stop my Courtesy Pay protection?
Yes. Courtesy Pay is stopped if you are not in good standing or if you tell us not to pay your overdrafts. There may be other reasons we need to stop Courtesy Pay.
Courtesy Pay is a way for us to provide a higher level of service to our members by helping protect your account and reputation when an inadvertent overdraft occurs.
Call us for more information.
We are happy to review Courtesy Pay and its features with you, along with giving you other options to add convenience and ease to your account. Please call us at (260) 432-1561.