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Earn up to 2.00% APY* on your eChecking account!

eChecking members will receive:

  • 2.00% APY* on balances up to $2,500
  • 1.25% APY* on balances between $2,500 and $5,000
  • 0.10% APY* on balances between $5,000 and $10,000
  • 0.05% APY* on balances over $10,000
  • Robust Mobile App with card controls, mobile deposit, bill pay, credit card access, facial recognition and more
  • No monthly fee, no minimum balance
  • $25.00 minimum deposit to open
  • Unlimited ATM access with no fee at CO-OP Network ATMs and ECSFCU Campus Cash Network ATMs
  • Unlimited “Better than Free” Bill Pay
  • Free Online Banking
  • Free Visa® Check Card, with “chip” technology
  • Overdraft Protection available

It's EASY to get this great rate

  • Receive eStatements, opting out of paper statements
  • Sign up for Direct Deposit** to your eChecking Account
  • Make eight (8) or more debit card transactions each month (select credit or debit at checkout)

Existing Regular Checking accounts may be converted to an eChecking account at any time.

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* APY = Annual Percentage Yield. Dividends are calculated daily and compounded and paid monthly. Please refer to our Truth-in-Savings-Disclosure for all applicable disclosure information. Rate is effective as of February 1, 2021 but may change at any time. On any month you do not meet the required qualifications you will not be paid a dividend.

** Direct deposit must be a minimum of $500 each month to your eChecking account

FeatureeCheckingRegular CheckingFresh Start CheckingTeen Checking
DescriptionFor those who want to earn our highest interest rate eChecking InformationFor those who would like paper statements Regular Checking InformationFor those who may not qualify for other checking accounts Fresh Start Checking InformationFree account for our members’ family Teen Checking Information
Interest RateEarn up to 2.0% APY on balances up to $2,500 *.01% APYNo interestNo interest
Direct DepositRequiredOptionalRequiredOptional
Monthly FeeNone$3 - waived monthly with four+ monthly debit transactions OR **NoneNone
FREE ChecksStarter checks for new accountsOne box free annually with $500 monthly direct depositNoOne 25 pack/year
FREE Mobile AppcheckcheckYes, no mobile check depositcheck
Signature Lines of Credit OptionscheckcheckNoNo
LimitationsNoneNone$300/day Debit Card/ATM/POS and 8 transactions/day$300/day Debit Card/ATM/POS and 8 transactions/day
Open an accountOpen eChecking AccountOpen Regular Checking AccountOpen Fresh Start Checking AccountOpen Teen Checking Account

ALL East County Schools Checking Accounts include:

  • Surcharge FREE Access to 30,000 Co-Op ATMS including most 7-Eleven stores
  • FREE Visa Debit Card with EMV Chip Technology
  • VISA Debit Card can make purchases anywhere VISA is accepted
  • FREE Online Banking
  • FREE Online Bill Pay
  • FREE Online Check Pay
  • FREE Online Check Images
  • UNLIMITED Check Writing
  • FREE Point-of-Sales Cash Back
  • FREE Funds Transfer to Other Bank/Credit Unions
  • Overdraft Protection Options
  • NCUA Insured up to $250,000
  • Opening Deposit Requirement of $25.00 ***
  • NO Minimum Balance Requirement

* APY=Annual Percentage Yield. 2.00% APY paid on the first $2,500 on deposit. 1.25% APY paid on balances between $2,500 and $5,000. 0.10% APY paid on balances between $5,000 and $10,000. 0.05% APY paid on balances over $10,000. Dividends are calculated daily and compounded and paid monthly. Rates subject to change. Please refer to our Truth-in-Savings Disclosure for all applicable disclosure information. On any month you do not meet the requirements, you will not be paid a dividend but there is no fee incurred for not meeting the requirements. Existing Regular Checking accounts may be converted to an eChecking at any time.

** $3.00 monthly Regular Checking fee will also be waived for those members with a consolidated savings balance of $500 or any outstanding loan balance of $500 (excluding overdraft protection and VISA credit card balances

***New ECSFCU Members will also open a Share Savings Account with a $5.00 minimum opening deposit.


  • Earn 2.00% APY*, just for using your account as shown below
  • No monthly fee
  • No minimum balance required
  • Online Bill Pay transactions are free and unlimited.
  • ATM and branch transactions are unlimited.

It's easy to earn eChecking Dividends. Here's how you can get this great rate!

  1. Receive eStatements, opting out of paper statements
  2. Make eight (8) or more debit card transactions each month
  3. Direct Deposit a minimum of $500 monthly to your eChecking

*APY = Annual Percentage Yield. 2.00% APY paid on the first $2,500 on deposit. 1.25% APY paid on balances between $2,500 and $5,000. 0.10% APY paid on balances between $5,000 and $10,000. 0.05% APY paid on balances over $10,000. Dividends are calculated daily and compounded and paid monthly. Please refer to our Truth-in-Savings Disclosure for all applicable disclosure information. On any month you do not meet the requirements, you will not be paid a dividend but there is no fee incurred for not meeting the requirements. Existing Regular Checking accounts may be converted to an eChecking at any time.

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Regular Checking

  • Earn a competitive Dividend Rate
  • No minimum balance required
  • One box of checks free annually with a minimum Direct Deposit of $500
  • No monthly fee with a minimum of 4 transactions per month or a minimum consolidated savings balances of $500.00 or any outstanding loan balance of $500 (excluding overdraft protection and VISA Credit Card balances)

All it takes is a minimum of four (4) monthly transactions to avoid an inactive monthly service fee on Regular Checking. Checking transactions may be a combination of deposits, check clearings, transfers, Debit card transactions (signature or POS), ACH debit or bill payments. Internal transfers within your account or linked account does not count towards the minimum required.

See Fee Schedule for all other checking account fees.

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Teen Checking - for students 13 - 17 years old

Because making better decisions related to managing your money as an adult takes practice and education.

  • No minimum balance
  • No monthly fees
  • Only a $20 deposit required to open an account
  • FREE ATM/Debit card
  • FREE mobile app
  • FREE eStatements and online banking
  • FREE checks (25 pack) each year
  • $10 Good Grades Reward up to twice a year*

Requires a parent or legal guardian to be joint on the account.

We encourage your teen to complete the six 5-7 minute lessons on Checking Accounts, Credit Cards, Creating a Budget, Credit Scores, Healthy Financial Habits and Mobile & Online Banking. Click on the link below.

*Report card with a minimum GPA of 3.00 must be submitted no later than 45 days after the date of the report. Student must have a minimum of eight (8) checking transactions during the semester,  have no NSF checks or overdrawn account activity and must be enrolled in eStatements to receive the $10 savings deposit.

Complete Teen Financial Education Lessons
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Fresh Start Checking Account Details

  • Minimum Deposit to Open: $20.00
  • Minimum Balance Requirement: none
  • Dividend Rates: This account is a non-interest bearing account
  • Electronic Service Limitations:
    • $300 per day maximum for Debit Card POS or ATM Transactions
    • $300 per day maximum for Signature Debit Transactions
  • Mobile Check Deposit: not available for this account type
  • Direct deposit of your payroll check is required
  • Excessive overdrafts or mishandling of the account, at the credit union’s sole discretion, is cause for immediate account termination.

Please see our Truth-in-Savings-Disclosure for all account disclosure information.

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    From the beginning of the process to the day of funding, Suzy and her assistant, Lance, were exactly what anyone would hope for when refinancing their home. They responded to all my questions with patience and in a timely manner. They let me know what to expect and when to expect it every step of the way. I couldn't be more pleased with the service I received. Thank you Suzy and Lance for making this so easy!


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    My Loan Officer, Mireya, is truly an asset to ECSFCU. She is competent, articulate, sweet and compassionate. When there was an error in the payoff of my car, Mireya personally took a credit union check and drove it to the dealer to correct it, the same day. We are thankful for the time and effort she put into this important transaction.  That’s customer service, and she is leading the pack!



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    Kevin Miller likes to connect good people to great resources. He’s been an enthusiastic fan of East County Schools Federal Credit Union since 2013 when we were known to the education community as Grossmont Schools Federal Credit Union, more than five years ago. “Every person I’ve referred to ECSFCU has raved about the lower rates, better terms and great treatment they get.” From 4.00%APR eChecking to amazing auto loan rates to 0% interest classroom loans, he says, “There has never been a dropped ball or bad experience for anyone I’ve ever referred to ECSFCU.”

    Kevin Miller - Administrative Pastor of Foothills Christian Church
  • Cathy Sprecco with Koala - Australia 2015

    I had a fantastic trip to Switzerland and Austria this past summer with East County Schools FCU and the SD East County Chamber of Commerce. This was my 6th trip with this fun group! The Educator Tour, guided by the infamous Steve Devan, is the perfect way to truly see and experience any country. The train ride through the Alps was a personal favorite and such an amazing experience. Seeing and hearing cows and goats with real bells grazing on the side of the mountains made me want to sing a favorite "Sound of Music" song and look for Heidi or her grandpa around every turn! I really felt immersed in the culture. The extra servings of warm apple strudel helped too!

     I am a single traveler and all worries are put aside on these well-coordinated trips. Almost everything is taken care of for the travelers so I always feel spoiled! The fellow Educator Tour travelers that I have met from other districts and other walks of life have become my life-long friends! These trips are so dear to me that I have a separate savings travel account where I dedicate a small monthly amount to be ready for the next country!

    Come join us!

    Cathy Sprecco - First Grade Teacher in Lakeside Union School District
  • Grant Nelson 2019

    When I became an ECSFCU member, I immediately refinanced my house and got better rates for two cars. East County School employees who are just starting out, this is the best place to be! ECSFCU can help you secure your financial life.

    Grant Nelson - 8th Grade History Teacher in La Mesa Spring Valley Schools
  • Grant Nelson 2019

    While overseas I found myself in the frightening situation of being out of cash and with two debit cards from other financial institutions that weren’t working, despite my travel notice pre-planning. ECSFCU’s amazing member services team stayed late on a Friday to approve and immediately fund a quick loan that made the rest of our trip wonderful. Nobody else does that! Not only is it something that I will never forget, but it’s something I want to tell everyone about.

    Grant Nelson - 8th Grade History Teacher, La Mesa Spring Valley Schools
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    What mattered to me, was that I needed the money to buy a motorhome, and I needed it now. This is the fastest I've ever experienced for a loan. It's never been this easy or this pleasant and I could tell that this was simply the way ECSFCU serves all of their members; it's their culture. I wasn't a member when I started, but I am now.
    Marcel Becker - General Manager, Trident Maritime Systems and Career Technical Education and Ethics in Business partner with GUHSD
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    After financing a newly purchased truck with ECS, Todd wrote: Thank you for your efficient and friendly service! I always appreciate the "small bank" customer service, but the "big bank" options!
    Todd Linke, Mount Miguel HS Science Department
  • Karl Danielson 2018
    I've bought three cars through the credit union. They make it very easy, very simple, and you can't beat the interest rate. I highly endorse them, their friendly staff, and the service that East County Schools gives its members!
    Karl Danielson Granite Hills HS Television, Film and Digital Media Teacher
  • ECSFCU is big enough to approve loans with great rates and small enough to provide personal service and products that are important to the educational community.
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  • We bank with East County Schools Federal Credit Union and learned they also have a great car buying service! We decided to look into it and ended up with the best customer service, an amazing price, no hassle of going to the dealership, and a brand new 2017 Honda Accord Sport! A year later, we were in need of another car for our growing family. It was an easy decision to go with the credit union and New Cars Inc again. The process and customer service didn’t disappoint once again, and we love our new 2018 Honda CRV! A big thank you to New Cars Inc and ECSFCU!
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