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A credit union has one goal. To serve its members. In fact, the credit union philosophy is "people helping people." The credit union motto is "not for profit, not for charity, but for service."

Here's just a few ways Kansas credit unions have given back to their communities:

It's the "people helping people" philosophy in action.

We asked a couple of Kansas credit union members why they joined a credit union.

Juan (View video on YouTube)

Joni (View video on YouTube)

How are credit unions different than other financial institutions?
Did you know a credit union is not-for-profit? Any earnings a credit union makes goes back to its members.
That's why credit unions are generally able to offer lower fees and better service.

A few other points:

  • As not-for-profits, they have lower costs and pass the savings along to members.
  • Every member is an owner. There's no question whose interests will be served.
  • On average, credit unions have better rates and lower fees.
  • Credit unions give back to their communities with financial education and counseling services.
  • They earn higher customer satisfaction ratings.

How to join a credit union
A credit union is a cooperative financial institution, owned and controlled by those who deposit their money in the credit union. These people are members, similar to customers and they have something in common. They may work together, attend the same church or live in a certain area. Most people can join a credit union. Search for a credit union nationwide or search for a Kansas credit union.

98 Kansas credit unions
There are 98 credit unions in Kansas, some have one office, some have several branches. Search for a Kansas credit union by name or city.

ATM / Shared Branching
A great benefit of using a credit union is access to the ATM and Shared Branching networks. When your credit union is part of CO-OP Network, you have nearly 30,000 convenient, surcharge-free ATMs at your service nationwide. With shared branching, credit unions from all over the country share facilities to give members thousands of convenient locations to perform transactions just as if they were in their home credit union.

Consumer Resources
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Consumer Articles
KCUA regularly publishes helpful information for consumers.

Switch Kit
Thinking about making the switch to a credit union? This general resource will guide you through the process.