Joining the Credit Union

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Joining the Credit Union

Welcome to Actors
Federal Credit Union!

Actors Federal Credit Union is excited to welcome members of the Entertainment Community!  If you belong to Actors' Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, or any of our 150+ approved membership organizations, you are eligible to join the credit union.

Not a union member yet? We can help!

  • ActorsFCU offers a special Union Initiation Loan to help you cover the costs of joining Actors' Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, or the union of your choice
  • Get the benefits of union membership now, then take up to three years to repay your union initiation fees
     

Reasons to join ActorsFCU

  • We make banking simple!  It only takes $100 to join ActorsFCU and as long as you leave that money in your savings account, there are no other minimum balance requirements or monthly fees to worry about.  We offer all the conveniences of online and mobile banking, including remote check deposit, to keep you connected to your money 24/7.
  • We've got a wide reach.  In addition to our offices in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and North Hollywood, our members have access to an additional 5,000+ credit union locations and nearly 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide.  This nationwide access is thanks to our partnership in the CO-OP Network.
  • We're a non-profit.  Our non-profit status allows us to offer fewer fees and better rates than for-profit banks.
  • We're a co-operative.  All of our members are equal owners of the credit union, with the right vote on important credit union matters.
  • We're community minded.  Our credit union was founded in 1962 specifically to serve members of Actors' Equity Association.  Although we've expanded through the years, we still maintain a closed membership which means that only professionals from approved groups in the entertainment industry are allowed to join.  
 

Benefits of credit union membership

  • Low minimum balance requirements.  Maintain at least $100 in your share savings account and you won't pay any monthly fees to maintain your account.
  • Free checking.  Our free Power Checking account has no monthly or annual fees, and no minimum balance requirements.  Better yet, our Power Checking account comes with a free VISA debit card with Member Rewards.  Earn reward points every time you use your card!
  • Access to low-cost loans.  Credit unions have long been known for their favorable loan rates, ActorsFCU is no exception.  We offer a full suite of loan products, credit cards, and mortgages.
  • Investment services.  ActorsFCU members have access to the services and advice of our partner Gary Ginsberg, FINRA/SPIC.
  • Member exclusive discounts.  Enjoy discounts on insurance products, TurboTax, car rentals, and more.

How to open your account

In-Person (currently unavailable due to COVID-19)

  • Visit us in New York City at 165 W. 46th Street (near 7th Ave).  We're located on the 14th floor of the Actors' Equity Association building.
  • Visit us in Chicago at 557 W. Randolph Street.  We're located on the 1st floor of the Actors' Equity Association building.
  • Visit us in Los Angeles at 5757 Wilshire Blvd.  We're located on the 6th floor of the SAG-AFTRA building.
  • Visit us in North Hollywood at 5636 Tujunga Avenue.  We're located on the 1st floor of the Actors' Equity Association building.
  • Be sure to bring a Government-issued photo ID, your Equity card, and at least $100 cash or check

Online

  • STEP ONE: complete our fillable PDF application
    • If you want to add a free checking account, check the box for "Checking (draft)"
    • If you want a free VISA debit card, check the box for "VISA Check Card"
    • If you want to receive statements and other notices electronically, check the box for "eDocuments"
    • If you want the ability to deposit checks using your smartphone, check the box for "App Deposit"
       
  • STEP TWO: Print your completed application & sign on the bottom of pages 1, 3, & 4
     
  • STEP THREE: Submit your completed application and required documents via Secure Email*
    • Please CLICK HERE to send us an email requesting a secure file transfer.
    • We will email you back within 1 to 3 business day with an invitation to our Secure Email services
    • When you receive this invite, you will set up a free account, then respond to our email with the following attachments:
      • Signed/completed application
      • Copy of Government-issued photo ID
      • Proof of membership eligibility (e.g., Equity card, SAG-AFTRA card, etc.)
      • Proof of address (e.g., utility bill or lease agreement) if the address on your photo ID does not match the address listed on your membership application
         
  • STEP FOUR: We will open your account within 2 to 3 business days, then email you back via Secure Email to provide your account number and other important information regarding your new account.
     
  • STEP FIVE: Fund your new account.  Your new savings account requires a minimum deposit of $100 to satisfy our minimum balance requirements.

Apply now for Power checking account

If you need help apply for membership, please call us at 212.869.8926, option 6 or send us an email at mservices@actorsfcu.com

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