America First Credit Union was founded on March 16, 1939, at the Hotel Newhouse in Salt Lake City, Utah. Among the 59 who attended the charter meeting of what was then the Fort Douglas Civilian Employees Credit Union was R.D. (Ray) Hagen, a volunteer who eventually became their first full-time employee (treasurer/manager) and later president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). America First Credit Union was established in a small office housed in Fort Douglas' Building 207, with service hours on Fridays only from 3:30 to 4 p.m. A Prince Albert tobacco can was used to hold all cash deposits at the time; total assets and membership were $788 and 79, respectively.
America First Credit Union is dedicated to creating lifetime memberships with those served.
America First Membership qualifications are pretty general and expansive to many areas in and around Utah, including parts of Nevada and memberships are free. Stated below, from America First's website, are the requirements in order to become a member of America First:
Checking at America First is truly free and comes with a host of premier online services that don't cost you a cent to take advantage of. This includes features such as free online banking, free payment of bills online, free mobile banking as well as mobile deposit, and free direct deposits, and much more.
A Share Savings Account is part of every member's ownership in America First Credit Union and includes a 0.20% APY. It starts when you join, and you can deposit and withdraw money at any time. And as long as you maintain a $1 balance, it's always free. It also allows you to be flexible by letting you make deposits and withdrawals. You will also be able to access your accounts online through Mobile Banking, as well as over the phone, at an ATM or within an America First branch.
If you can leave your savings alone for a specific period of time, America First Credit Union Certificate Accounts are the right choice for you. They pay competitive rates and are simple to set up. They offer five different types of savings certificates each with varying rates. Each certificate comes with the following benefits as well:
America First offers several different kinds of savings certificates which are regular, bump, flexible, dedicated savings, and ladder.
America First Credit Union boasts a wide variety of credit cards and rewards for their customers to choose from as well, cards for people just earning credit to those who require a higher line of credit for business expenditures. Compared to other Credit Unions, America First offers eight cards when most other Credit Unions only offer around three to five different cards for their customers.
America First Credit Union's biggest downfall is that they have terrible earnings with both their checking and savings accounts.
Their checking account only gets .13% APY which is one of the lowest rates in the industry. Some other credit unions will offer as much as 1.50% which puts America First far below. With the savings account, customers can get 0.20%. This isn't the lowest, but still, isn't enough to make a big difference. Both accounts can see some major increase in rates to compete with other top credit unions.
I love having a local credit union to bank through, and know the rates on loans are not better anywhere else!
America first is a great bank. I have worked with them For 15 years. They are willing to help you when you have any issues. I love that my card will work anywhere even in a third world country!
America First give me no problems whatsoever. I never have difficulties while getting my money out of the ATM and never any difficulties while putting my money to my bank account.
Love America first. I have been banking with them since I was 16 years old. They've always been very helpful and their website is user friendly.
I have been a member since I was married about 17 years ago. They have been great to work with. We have even taken a loan out through them. a couple of times.
America First Credit Union is simply a great organization. It has given me great low rates and fees are nearly non-existent. It's great to be a member of this credit union. It really feels that they look out for you. Saves you money, time, and headaches. Simply Awesome!
We have banked with America First for almost 20 years. Their customer service is unbeatable. Their tellers are always friendly and helpful. I love their website and how I can see all of our different accounts on one page, including our car loan.
A while back, America First acquired the credit union I have been with for years (Altier FCU). With one minor hiccup, the service continues to be above average! I urge everyone to look at credit unions over banks because of the ownership structure. Altier offered a fantastic interest rate when I refinanced a car and the "rewards" checking account returns an impressive rate of return (APY of 2% on first $5000 on deposit).
Great service and excellent credit union! Their website is easy to navigate. No complaints here!
Did a car loan through American First Credit Union and it was an easy process and a good rate and I was able to finish buying the car without a problem.
We do all our banking there. The rates on there accounts are always just a little bit higher than other unions and are higher the banks. The customer service has been great. We also have used their notary service and have able to get help right away.
America First is a great family-friendly credit union. We used them for a car loan and they always have great customer service.
We had car loan with America First and it went well, with no glitches.
They were the first and will be the only credit union I ever need! I love the mobile banking app! It is better than the other app I have for another place I bank! Super helpful as well whenever I have a question.
They offer really good options for car loans. Lower interest rates without a minimum loan amount. Great place if you are looking for a used-car loan. Also, very good customer service.
Tellers are always helpful and nice to me
I have been a member of America First Credit Union since I was 14 years old. They have always treated me good and are very friendly. I recently got an auto loan through them and they offered me the lowest interest rate compared to everywhere else I checked.
Great credit union. I have never had any problems with this place and I will most likely always stay here.
Had a few account with a few different places. They are my favorite. I closed my account with everyone else and just bank with them now.
Excellent company to work with good product value.
They have always treated me very well and I have nothing negative to say about America First!
America First is hands down the best credit union. They are very knowledgeable and are constantly coming up with new things to help track your finances. They have a wonderful product called a dedicated savings that helps you get CD rates with a lower balance.
Always very polite, friendly and quick to serve. Many years of being a member to this great credit union. Offer many areas of services and being able to access accounts online is a wonderful attribute to this already amazing company.
America First offers a wide variety of products and I have always been helped by happy, helpful people.
Literally EVERYTHING about America First is great! Their security is phenomenal! I had a credit card compromised and they were calling me within 5 minutes asking where I was located and was I making a charge. Just incredible!
I have had a line of credit with America First since I was 15. I love working with them! Great customer service and they're great with overdraft fees, they understand that life happens!
I've always loved AFCU. It was quick and easy to open my business account there. The only reason they don't get a 10 is that online bill pay is open to businesses, you just can't use it in the app if your a business, you have to log into the site separately. Other than that, I'm very happy with AFCU for personal and busiess.