Best Arizona Credit Unions

By J.W. Carpenter , last updated August 22, 2011

Arizonans looking for a bank alternative can take advantage of the fact that most sizable communities in the state have several credit unions to choose from, including some large institutions with a wide range of financial products. As with banks, choose the credit union that focuses on your needs, whether that's small business loans, credit cards with rewards or fee-free checking accounts. here are our favorite Arizona credit unions to help you start your search.

Arizona State Credit Union

With over 20 branch offices, Arizona State Credit Union serves residents in seven Arizona counties, from Coconino County in the north to Pima County in the south. Non-residents may also be eligible for membership based on their place of employment or status as a student in an Arizona university or college. This credit union is the largest Arizona-chartered, federally insured credit union in the state.

Arizona State Credit Union is a full-service financial institution offering a wide range of banking services to individuals and businesses alike. To open a personal account, a member need only maintain a five dollar minimum savings balance. This grants access to a free checking account and free access to the Arizona State Credit Union online banking service. With online banking, it’s a snap to manage your accounts, transfer money, view your statements and banking history, and pay bills from the comfort of your home. Additionally, with the proper computer hardware, you can even deposit checks to your account from home using the atHome Deposit service. The Arizona State Credit Union is a great choice for students or anyone who needs a full service credit union.

Arizona Central Credit Union

Arizona Central Credit Union serves over 60,000 members from ten branches in several Arizona metropolitan areas, including Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson. Eligibility for the Arizona Central Credit Union can be met in a variety of ways. Arizona residents over the age of 54 are eligible, as are all Arizona residents who have held, or who currently hold, membership in any U.S. credit union outside of Arizona. Arizona Central Credit Union offers a full range of personal and business accounts designed to meet the needs of a broad range of member lifestyles. All available accounts include free debit cards, free access to over 37,000 affiliated ATMs, and free full-service online banking access. Many further services and benefits are offered depending on the particular account you choose. Arizona Central Credit Union also offers a wide range of investment and insurance services and products on-site at its branch offices.

TruWest Credit Union

TruWest Credit Union is among the best choices for residents of the Phoenix-East Valley area, with nine conveniently located branches. It is open to all Maricopa County residents, as well as residents of several zip code areas in Pinal County. TruWest offers a full range of banking products and services for both individuals and business. Personal accounts include free access to a comprehensive online banking service for managing your accounts and paying bills conveniently and quickly.

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