OVERDRAFT PROTECTION AND OVERDRAFT PRIVILEGE
Life happens! Fort McClellan Credit Union understands that unexpected overdrafts occur from time to time – Overdraft Protection and Overdraft Privilege can help.
OVERDRAFT COVERAGE OPTIONS
The choice is yours. Consider these ways to cover overdrafts:
Overdraft Protection (Link to Another Deposit Account you have at FMCU)₁
$5 fee per transfer
Overdraft Protection Line of Credit ₁ ₂
Subject to fees + interest
Overdraft Privilege ₃
$30 Paid NSF Fee per item
1 Call us at (256) 237-2113, contact us through Virtual Branch, or come by a branch to sign up or apply for these services;
2 Subject to credit approval.
3 If you want us to authorize and pay overdrafts on ATM and everyday debit card transactions, call us at (256) 237-2113, visit any branch, complete a consent form by clicking the link below and mail it to us at 1010 Golden Springs Rd. Anniston, AL 36207, fax it to us at (256) 469-2070, or email us at [email protected].
Overdraft Protection applies to all transactions and may help prevent overdrafts by automatically transferring funds to your checking account from another account or line of credit you may have at Fort McClellan Credit Union for a fee or finance charge. Please note that overdraft lines of credit are subject to credit approval.
Overdraft Privilege allows you to overdraw your account up to the disclosed limit for a fee to pay a transaction. Even if you have overdraft protection, Overdraft Privilege is still available as secondary coverage if the other protection source is exhausted. Please review the What Else You Should Know section at the bottom of this page for other important information.
Transactions Covered with Overdraft Privilege
Standard Coverage (No Action Required)
Extended Coverage (Your Consent Required on Consumer Accounts)
ACH – Automatic Debits
Recurring Debit Card Payments
Online Bill Pay Items
Internet Banking Transfers
Telephone Banking Transfers
Teller Window Transactions
Everyday Debit Card Transactions
* If you would like to select Extended Coverage for future transactions, call us at (256) 237-2113, visit any branch, or complete a consent form by clicking the link below and following the prompted instructions.
*If you choose Extended Coverage on your consumer account, ATM withdrawals and everyday debit card transactions will be included with the transactions listed under Standard Coverage. If you already have Overdraft Privilege Extended Coverage, it is not necessary to request it again. Business accounts automatically have Extended Coverage.
You can discontinue the Overdraft Privilege in its entirety by contacting us at (256) 237-2113, sending us a fax at
(256) 469-2070, or sending us an email at [email protected].
WHAT ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW
A link to another account or a line of credit may be a less expensive option than an overdraft. A single larger overdraft will result in just one fee, as opposed to multiple smaller overdrafts. Good account management is the best way to avoid overdrafts. Use our mobile banking, internet banking, and telephone banking services to keep track of your balance. For additional financial education resources, please visit www.mymoney.gov.
The $30 Paid NSF Fee that is charged if you overdraw your account is the same fee amount that is charged if an item is returned as unpaid. If multiple items overdraw your account on the same day, each item will be assessed an appropriate Paid NSF Fee or a NSF Fee of $30. All fees and charges will be included as part of the Overdraft Privilege limit amount. Your account may become overdrawn more than the Overdraft Privilege limit amount because of a fee.
There is no limit on the total Paid NSF Fees per day we will charge.
Recipients of federal or state benefits payments who do not wish us to deduct the amount overdrawn and the Paid NSF Fee from funds from funds that you deposit or that are deposited into your account may call us at (256) 237-2113 or (800) 642-1220 to discontinue Overdraft Privilege.
If an item is returned because the Available Balance (as defined below) in your account is not sufficient to cover the item and the item is presented for payment again, Fort McClellan Credit Union (“We”) will charge a NSF Fee each time we return the item because it exceeds the Available Balance in your account. Because we may charge a NSF Fee each time an item is presented, we may charge you more than one fee for any given item as a result of a returned item and representment of the item. When we charge a NSF Fee, the charge reduces the Available Balance in your account and may put your account into (or further into) overdraft. If, on representment of the item, the Available Balance in your account is sufficient to cover the item we may pay the item, and, if payment causes an overdraft, charge a Paid NSF Fee. We may use the terms “item” and “transaction” interchangeably.
This describes the posting order for purposes of determining overdrafts. Our general policy is to post items throughout the day and to post ACH credits before debits. ACH, ATM and debit card transactions post in the order they are received while paper checks are posted by lowest to highest dollar amount; however, because of the many ways we allow you to access your account, the posting order of individual items may differ from these general policies. Holds on funds (described herein) and the order in which transactions are posted may impact the total amount of Paid NSF Fees or NSF Fees assessed.
Overdraft Privilege is not a line of credit; it is a discretionary overdraft service that can be withdrawn at any time without prior notice.
Depositor and each Authorized Signatory will continue to be liable, jointly and severally, for all overdraft and fee amounts, as described in the Membership Account Agreement and Disclosure. The total (negative) balance, including all fees and charges, is due and payable upon demand.
We may be obligated to pay some debit card transactions that are not authorized through the payment system but which are required to pay due to the payment system rules, and as a result you may incur fees if such transactions overdraw your account. However, we will not authorize debit card or ATM transactions unless your account’s Available Balance (including Overdraft Coverage Options) is sufficient to cover the transactions and any fee(s).
Giving us your consent to pay everyday debit card and ATM overdrafts on your consumer account (Extended Coverage) may result in you incurring Paid NSF Fees for transactions that we would otherwise be required to pay without assessing a Paid NSF Fee. However, this would allow us to authorize transactions up to the amount of your Overdraft Privilege limit and may also help you avoid overdrafts in excess of your available balance. If you consent to Extended Coverage on your consumer account, it will remain on your account until it is otherwise withdrawn.
Understanding your Available Balance: Your account has two kinds of balances: the Ledger Balance and the Available Balance.
We authorize and pay transactions using the Available Balance.
Your Ledger Balance reflects the full amount of all deposits to your account as well as payment transactions that have been posted to your account. It does not reflect checks you have written and are still outstanding or transactions that have been authorized but are still pending.
Your Available Balance is the amount available to you to use for purchases, withdrawals, or to cover transactions. The Available Balance is your Ledger Balance, less any holds due to pending debit card transactions and holds on deposited funds.
The balance used for authorizing checks, ACH items, and recurring debit card transactions is your Available Balance plus the amount of the Overdraft Privilege limit and any available Overdraft Protection.
The balance used for authorizing ATM and everyday debit card transactions on accounts with Standard Coverage is your Available Balance plus any available Overdraft Protection and includes the Overdraft Privilege but does NOT include the Overdraft Privilege limit.
The balance used for authorizing ATM and everyday debit card transactions on accounts with Extended Coverage is your Available Balance plus any available Overdraft Protection and includes the Overdraft Privilege limit.
Because your Available Balance reflects pending transactions and debit holds, your balance may appear to cover a transaction but later upon settlement it may not be sufficient to cover such transaction. In such cases, the transaction may further overdraw your account based on your Available Balance may create an overdraft. Note that we may place a hold on deposited funds in accordance with our Deposit Account Agreement and Disclosure, which will reduce the amount in your Available Balance.
Please be aware that the Overdraft Privilege amount is not included in your available balance provided through online banking, mobile banking or Fort McClellan Credit Union’s ATMs.
We will place a hold on your account for any authorized debit card transaction until the transaction settles (usually within two business days) or as permitted by payment system rules. In some cases, the hold may exceed the amount of the transaction. When the hold ends, the funds will be added to the Available Balance in your account. If your account is overdrawn after the held funds are added to the Available Balance and the transaction is posted to the available balance, a Paid NSF Fee may be assessed.
Except as described herein, we will not pay items if the Available Balance in your account (including the Overdraft Privilege limit, if applicable) is not sufficient to cover the item(s) and the amount of any fee(s).
Understanding Overdraft Privilege Limits
An Overdraft Privilege limit of $500 will be granted to eligible consumer checking accounts at account opening.
An Overdraft Privilege limit of $750 will be granted to eligible Business Checking accounts at account opening.
Overdraft Privilege may be reduced if you default on any loan or other obligation to us, your account becomes subject to any legal or administrative order or levy, or if you fail to maintain your account in good standing by not bringing your account to a positive balance within 32 days for a minimum of one business day. You must bring your account balance positive for at least one business day to have the Overdraft Privilege limit reinstated.
If you have any questions about Overdraft Protection or Overdraft Privilege, please call us at (256) 237-2113 or (800) 642-1220 or visit a branch.