Overdraft Protection

Emergencies happen. That’s why it’s important to have a financial safety net. With Overdraft Privilege from Mountain America, you can make sure checking and debit card transactions are covered—even when your account lacks sufficient funds.

Overdraft Protection

Emergencies happen. That’s why it’s important to have a financial safety net. With Overdraft Privilege from Mountain America, you can make sure checking and debit card transactions are covered—even when your account lacks sufficient funds.

We've all been there before.

In the checkout line, at a restaurant, or worst of all, on the side of the road with a broken-down car, only to discover your check has bounced or debit card has been declined. Fortunately, you won’t have to experience that embarrassment or frustration when you sign up for Overdraft Privilege from Mountain America.

Overdraft Privilege is a simple and convenient way to help ensure your checking and everyday debit card transactions clear in the unlikely event your account balance runs low. Consider it a safety cushion or last line of defense when other sources of funds have been exhausted. Either way, it’s there to help you manage a potentially uncomfortable situation with grace.

Benefits of Coverage

  • Provides Security—may provide funds to pay unexpected expenses.
  • Offers Convenience—may provide uninterrupted coverage if you lack sufficient funds.
  • Eliminates Embarrassment—helps you avoid the awkwardness of a merchant declining your transaction.
  • Acts as Last Line of Defense—you can still be covered after other overdraft sources have been exhausted.

Covered Transactions

We authorize and pay overdrafts for the following types of transactions:
  • Checks and other transactions made using your checking account number
  • Automatic bill payments

Costs

There are no fees to sign up and no fees if you never use Overdraft Privilege.

If you utilize this privilege, we will charge a fee of up to $20 each time we pay an overdraft. As a courtesy, we limit the total number of fees for overdrawing your account to five per day.

Act Today!

We will not authorize and pay overdrafts for everyday debit card transactions unless you ask us to. If you want to opt in, log in to Online Branch, click on Account Management and choose the checking accounts and debit cards you’d like covered.

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Avoiding Overdraft and Bounced Check Fees

There are a variety of ways to avoid overdraft and bounced-check fees. The best way is to manage your account so you don't overdraw it. Here's how:
  • Keep track of how much money you have in your checking account by keeping your check register up-to-date. Record all checks when you write them and other transactions when you make them. And don't forget to subtract any fees.
  • Pay special attention to your electronic transactions. Record your ATM withdrawals and fees, debit card purchases and online payments.
  • Don't forget about automatic bill payments you may have set up for utilities, insurance or loan payments.
  • Keep an eye on your account balance. Remember that some checks and automatic payments may not have cleared yet.
  • Review your account statements each month. Between statements, you can find out which payments have cleared and check your balance by calling the credit union or by checking online or at an ATM. Note: your Overdraft Privilege amount will not appear as a part of your balance.
Of course, sometimes mistakes happen. If you do overdraw your account, deposit money into the account as soon as possible to cover the overdraft amount plus any fees (up to $25 for each paid item).

Additional Overdraft Protection Sources

Another option you have at Mountain America is to link your checking account to a line of credit or savings account. If you choose to do this, funds are automatically pulled from the linked account in the event your checking account has insufficient funds. There are no fees when you utilize this service, but there may be interest charges if your checking account is linked to a line of credit.

To link your account to a line of credit, savings account or other overdraft protection source, contact your nearest branch or call us toll-free at 1-800-748-4302.

For Overdraft Privilege to remain in good standing, the account must be brought to a positive balance within 30 days. Truth in Savings Disclosure | Membership Agreement

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