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SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Earns Average Grades On Its CD Rates

It earns average grades on its CD rates.SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, one of the nation’s largest educational credit unions, claims 380,000 members in southern California.

With 28 branches and seven express centers, it may as well be a big bank, which is perhaps why its CD rates resemble those we might find at one.

Sure, they beat the average rates that large banks and thrifts are currently offering. But as I’ve said before (many times), that’s nothing to brag about.

There are much better rates on the CD Rates Leaderboard.

Take a gander at what you’ll get at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union with a $500 minimum deposit:

3-month CD rate is 0.25% APY versus an average rate of 0.15% APY. (Leaderboard leader is 0.60% APY.)

6-month CD rate is 0.30% APY versus an average rate of 0.22% APY. (Leaderboard leader is 0.85% APY.)

12-month CD rate is 0.35% APY versus an average rate of 0.34% APY. (Leaderboard leader is 1.15% APY.)

24-month CD rate is 0.55% APY versus an average rate of 0.52% APY. (Leaderboard leader is 1.26% APY.)

36-month CD rate is 0.85% APY versus an average rate of 0.70% APY. (Leaderboard leader is 1.55% APY.)

60-month CD rate is 1.35% APY versus an average rate of 1.16% APY. (Leaderboard leader is 1.95% APY.)

Members can buy these certificates of deposit online, over the phone or in person at a branch.

Membership in SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union is available to employees and retirees of public and private elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, universities and colleges in the southern California counties of Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

County superintendents of schools, members of boards of trustees of eligible schools and employees of authorized education foundations can join, too, as well as members’ family members.

Membership requires a $15 membership fee and a $5 deposit into a share account.

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union has branches in Anaheim, Cerritos, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Downey, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Gardena, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Mission Viejo, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Placentia, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Torrance, Irvine, Victorville, Walnut and West Covina.

Learn more about SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union at or call 800-462-8328.

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  1. Kathy at Bankaholic said:
    on March 5th at 09:16 am

    These rates are all still available.

  2. Kathy at Bankaholic said:
    on April 3rd at 08:50 am

    SchoolsFirst’s rates haven’t changed.