Overdraft Protection and Overdraft Privilege Options
Life happens! Ascent Credit Union 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:
Overdraft Protection (Link to Another Deposit Account you have at Ascent Credit Union)1
$5 fee per transfer
Overdraft Protection Line of Credit 1,2
Subject to interest
$27 Overdraft Fee per item
1Call us at 801-399-9728, email us at email@example.com, or come by a branch to sign up or apply for these services. Money Market accounts are not eligible to be linked. 2Subject to credit approval.
Overdraft Protection applies to all transactions and may help prevent overdrafts by automatically transferring funds to your checking account from another account or line of credit you may have at Ascent Credit Union for a fee or finance charge. Please note that overdraft lines of credit are subject to credit approval.
Overdraft Privilege allows you to overdraw your account up to the disclosed limit for a fee 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. Please review the “What Else You Should Know” section at the bottom of this page for other important information.
Transactions Covered with Overdraft Privilege
Standard Coverage (No action required)
Extended Coverage (Your consent required on consumer accounts)*
ACH - Automatic Debits
Recurring Debit Card Payments
Online Bill Pay Items
Internet Banking Transfers
Telephone Banking Transfers
Teller Window Transactions
Everyday Debit Card Transactions
If you would like to select Extended Coverage for future transactions, call us at 801-399-9728, visit any branch, complete a consent form by clicking the link below and mail it to us at 4140 Harrison Blvd. Ogden, UT 84403, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*If you choose Extended Coverage on your consumer account, ATM withdrawals and everyday debit card transactions will be included with the transactions listed under Standard Coverage. If you already have Overdraft Privilege Extended coverage, it is not necessary to request it again. Business accounts automatically have Extended Coverage.
You can discontinue the Overdraft Privilege in its entirety by contacting us at 801-399-9728 or sending us an email at email@example.com.
What Else You Should Know
A link to another account or a line of credit may be 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 mobile banking, internet banking, and telephone banking services to keep track of your balance. For additional financial education resources, please visit mymoney.gov.
The $27 Overdraft Fee that is charged if you overdraw your account is the same fee amount that is charged if an item is returned as unpaid. If multiple items overdraw your account on the same day, each item will be assessed an appropriate Overdraft Fee or a Return Item Fee of $27. All fees and charges will be included as part of the Overdraft Privilege limit amount. Your account may become overdrawn more than the Overdraft Privilege limit amount because of a fee.
If an item is returned because the available balance in your account is not sufficient to cover the item and the item is presented for payment again, Ascent Credit Union will charge a Return Item Fee each time it returns the item because it exceeds the available balance in your account. On re-presentment of the item, if the available balance in your account is sufficient to cover the item, Ascent Credit Union may pay the item, and, if payment causes an overdraft, charge an Overdraft Fee.
There is no limit on the total Overdraft Fees per day we will charge.
This describes the posting order for purposes of determining overdrafts. Our general policy is to post items throughout the day and to post ACH credits before debits. ACH transactions and checks are posted in the order received. Debit card PIN transactions are posted in real time and signature transactions are batch posted at various times throughout the day; however, because of the many ways we allow you to access your account, the posting order of individual items may differ from these general policies. Holds on funds (described herein) and the order in which transactions are posted may impact the total amount of Overdraft Fees or Return Item Fees assessed.
Under payment system rules, Ascent Credit Union may be obligated to pay some unauthorized debit card transactions, but Ascent Credit Union will not authorize debit card or ATM transactions unless your account’s available balance (including Overdraft Coverage Options) is sufficient to cover the transactions and any fee(s).
Giving us your consent to pay everyday debit card and ATM overdrafts on your consumer account (Extended Coverage) 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 balance that could result in suspension of your debit card. If you consent to Extended Coverage on your consumer account, it will remain on your account until it is otherwise withdrawn.
Ascent Credit Union authorizes and pays transactions using the available balance in your account. Ascent Credit Union may place a hold on deposited funds in accordance with our Deposit Account Agreement and Disclosure, which will reduce the amount in your available balance. The available balance for checks, ACH items, and recurring debit card transactions is comprised of the ledger balance, less any holds on deposited funds and any debit card holds, plus the amount of the Overdraft Privilege limit and any available Overdraft Protection. The available balance for ATM and everyday debit card transactions on accounts with Standard Coverage is the ledger balance, less any holds on deposited funds and any debit card holds, plus any available Overdraft Protection, but does NOT include the Overdraft Privilege For accounts with Extended Coverage, the Overdraft Privilege Limit is included in the available balance for authorizing ATM and everyday debit card transactions.
Please be aware that the Overdraft Privilege amount is not included in your available balance provided through online banking, mobile banking or Ascent Credit Union’s ATMs.
Ascent Credit Union 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.
Except as described herein, Ascent Credit Union will not pay items if the available balance in your account (including the Overdraft Privilege limit, if applicable) is not sufficient to cover the item(s) and the amount of any fee(s).
New checking accounts will receive a $100 Introductory Overdraft Privilege limit at account opening that will be increased to $750 after 30 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 reduced 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 32 days for a minimum of one business day. You must bring your account balance positive for at least one business day to have the full Overdraft Privilege limit reinstated.
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 Agreement and Disclosure. 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 801-399-9728 or visit a branch.
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