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Overdraft Coverage

What You Need to Know about Overdrafts and Overdraft Fees

OVERDRAFT COVERAGE OPTIONS:
Overdraft Privilege AND OVERDRAFT PROTECTION

Life happens! First Area FCU understands that unexpected overdrafts occur from time to time – Overdraft Coverage can help.

Overdraft Coverage Options
The choice is yours. Consider these ways to cover overdrafts:

Service
Cost
Overdraft Protection Link to A savings (share) account you have at First Area FCU1 no fee
Overdraft Privilege $15 Overdraft Fee per item.

1Call us at (717) 248-5103 or come by our office to sign up for these services.

Overdraft Protection services apply to all transactions and may help prevent overdrafts by automatically transferring funds to your checking account from another account you may have at First Area FCU.

Overdraft Privilege allows you to overdraw your account up to the disclosed limit in order 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.  You currently have tandard Overdraft Privilege Coverage in the amount of $500 on your account ending in [last 4 digits].

Transactions Covered with Overdraft Privilege
Standard Coverage
(No action required)
Extended Coverage
(Your consent required)*

If you would like to select Extended Coverage for future transactions:

  • call us at (717) 248-5103,
  • complete the online consent form found at www.firstareafcu.com,
  • visit our office, or
  • complete a consent form and mail it to us at 23 South Dorcus Street, Lewistown, PA 17044.
Checks X X
ACH - Automatic Debits X X
Recurring Debit Card Payments X X
Internet Banking Transfers X X
Telephone Banking X X
Teller Window Transactions X X
ATM Withdrawals   X*
Everyday Debit Card Transactions   X*

* If you choose Extended Coverage, ATM withdrawals and everyday debit card transactions will be included with the transactions listed under Standard Coverage. If you already have Extended Overdraft Privilege coverage, it is not necessary to request it again.

You can discontinue the Overdraft Privilege in its entirety by contacting us at (717) 248-5103 or visiting our office.

What Else You Should Know

  • A link to another account is 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 Internet banking, and telephone banking services to keep track of your balance.
  • The $15 Overdraft Fee is lower than the fee that is charged if a check is returned as unpaid. If multiple items overdraw your account on the same day, each item will be assessed an appropriate Overdraft Fee of $15 or a Return Fee of $30. All fees and charges will be included as part of the Overdraft Privilege limit amount. Your account may become overdrawn in excess of the Overdraft Privilege limit amount as a result of a fee.
  • We generally post items in the following order: 1) credits, 2) ATM and debit card transactions (in the order received), 3) ACH debits (in the order received) and 4) checks (in serial number order); however, exceptions will occur. Holds on funds (described below) and the order in which transactions are posted may impact the total amount of Overdraft Fees or Return Fees assessed.
  • First Area FCU 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, an Overdraft Fee may be assessed.
  • Although under payment system rules, First Area FCU may be obligated to pay some unauthorized debit card transactions, First Area FCU will not authorize debit card or ATM transactions unless there are available funds (including Overdraft Coverage Options) to cover the transactions and any fee(s).
  • Giving us your consent to pay every day debit card and ATM overdrafts may result in you incurring Overdraft Fees for transactions that we would otherwise be required to pay without assessing an Overdraft 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 funds that could result in restriction of your debit card. 
  • First Area FCU authorizes and pays transactions using the available balance in your account. The available balance is comprised of the ledger balance (collected funds) less any debit card holds, and does not include any deposited funds on hold. First Area FCU may place a hold on deposited funds in accordance with our Deposit Account Agreement and Disclosure. If the funds in the available balance are not sufficient to cover a transaction, any available overdraft protection and/or the amount of the Overdraft Privilege limit, may be used to authorize and pay a transaction.
  • Except as described in this letter, First Area FCU will not pay items if your account does not contain available funds (including the Overdraft Privilege limit) to cover the item(s) and the amount of any fee(s).
  • We may restrict your debit card use if you incur overdrafts in excess of the available funds in your account, including any Overdraft Privilege limit.
  • Overdraft Privilege limits of up to $500 are available for eligible share draft checking accounts opened at least 35 days in good standing.
  •  Overdraft Privilege is not a line of credit; it is a discretionary overdraft service that can be withdrawn at any time without prior notice.
  • Overdraft Privilege may be discontinued 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 thirty-two (32) days for a minimum of one business day.
  • Depositor and each Authorized Signatory will continue to be liable, jointly and severally, for all overdraft and fee amounts, as described in the Deposit Account Disclosure and Agreement. The total (negative) balance, including all fees and charges, is due and payable upon demand. 

If you have any questions about Overdraft Protection or Overdraft Privilege, please call us at (717) 248-5103 or visit our office.

     
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