Want a free checking account that rewards you for doing the things you normally do? Allow us to introduce you to Cashback Checking.

  • No minimum balance requirement and no monthly service fee
  • 1.00% cash back4 on debit card purchases – up to $8.00 per month
  • Up to $25 ATM fee refund5 per month
  • Plus, all of the good stuff you’d expect for free, like eBanking, remote deposit and bill pay

Earning your rewards each month is as easy as doing these three things:

  1. Enroll in eStatements 
  2. Make 8 debit card transactions
  3. Receive at least one direct deposit and/or ACH credit 
     

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But don’t worry if you cannot meet your qualifications during the cycle, Cashback Checking is still free. The best part is, you have another chance to earn your rewards the very next month!

 

High-Yield Checking1 Cashback Checking1 BASIC CHECKING
Best for member wanting higher interest paid on balances cash rewards for card usage simple account that pays interest
Monthly Service Charge $0 $0 $0
Minimum Daily Balance $0 $0 $0
Interest Rate 0.25% APY (on balances up to $25,000) No 0.01% APY
Cash Back $0 1.00% of debit card purchase amount (earn up to $8 per month) $0
ATM Fee Refund up to $25 each cycle up to $25 each cycle $0
Requirements to Earn Rewards and ATM Refunds Requires direct deposit, 8 debit card purchases and eStatements during calendar month Requires direct deposit, 8 debit card purchases and eStatements during calendar month N/A
ATM Withdrawal Fee No fee from Ardent No fee from Ardent No fee from Ardent
Checks Free initial order Free initial order Free initial order
Debit Card FREE with:
  • Access to nationwide-network surcharge-free ATMs
  • Rewards on signature purchases
  • SecurLOCK app to enable:
    • Instant transaction alerts
    • Remote card control
    • Customizable spending thresholds
FREE with:
  • Access to nationwide-network surcharge-free ATMs
  • Rewards on signature purchases
  • SecurLOCK app to enable:
    • Instant transaction alerts
    • Remote card control
    • Customizable spending thresholds
FREE with:
  • Access to nationwide-network surcharge-free ATMs
  • Rewards on signature purchases
  • SecurLOCK app to enable:
    • Instant transaction alerts
    • Remote card control
    • Customizable spending thresholds
Other Features
  • Transact at 5,000+ branches in shared network nationwide
  • Account-switching concierge service
  • eBanking with Bill Pay, Mobile Banking and Remote Deposit
  • Incoming electronic transfers from external accounts
  • 24-months of eStatements
  • Member-to-Member Transfers
  • Transact at 5,000+ branches in shared network nationwide
  • Account-switching concierge service
  • eBanking with Bill Pay, Mobile Banking and Remote Deposit
  • Incoming electronic transfers from external accounts
  • 24-months of eStatements
  • Member-to-Member Transfers
  • Transact at 5,000+ branches in shared network nationwide
  • Account-switching concierge service
  • eBanking with Bill Pay, Mobile Banking and Remote Deposit
  • Incoming electronic transfers from external accounts
  • 24-months of eStatements
  • Member-to-Member Transfers
*To earn cash back and ATM refunds, make 8 debit card purchases, get one direct deposit and/or other electronic deposit and receive eStatements monthly. Debit card purchases must post and settle to your checking account during the calendar month. ATM-processed transactions do not count towards qualifying debit card purchases. The deposit must post to the account during the calendar month. Electronic transfers between accounts do not count as a direct deposit. If all three qualifications are met during the calendar month, domestic ATM fees up to $4.99 per single transaction charged by ATM owner incurred during the month will be reimbursed up to $25 and 1% of debit card purchases (up to $8) will credited to your account. Transactions may take one or more banking days from the date transaction was made to post and settle to your account. Membership qualifications apply. No more than one checking account of each type per member. Member must maintain their $5 membership savings account to be eligible for checking accounts. For more details, visit ardentcu.org or call us at 800.806.9465.

 

Add Courtesy Pay to your account

An overdraft occurs when you do not have enough money in your checking account to cover a transaction, but we pay it anyway. Ardent Credit Union (Ardent) can cover your overdrafts in two different ways:

We have standard overdraft practices that come with your account called Ardent Courtesy Pay coverage.

We also offer overdraft protection plans, such as a link to a savings account or line of credit, which may be less expensive than our standard overdraft practices. Contact us to learn more about these options.

Ardent Courtesy Pay adds a safety net to your personal checking account. If you don’t have enough money in your account to cover a transaction, we may cover the transaction and overdrawn balance up to an approved limit. Ardent Courtesy Pay eliminates the embarrassment and expense of returned checks, and also protects your credit rating.

If you overdraw your account by checks, ACH electronic payments or Point-of-Sale Debit Card transactions, Ardent Courtesy Pay may cover your transaction, even though you do not have enough money in your account. If you use Ardent Courtesy Pay, your account will be negative and you will be charged a $33.00 Ardent Courtesy Pay fee. However, you will not incur any merchant fees. We will cap the total amount of overdraft fees charged to 6 per day.

If you have established overdraft protection to cover a negative balance through an automatic transfer from a savings account or a personal line of credit, the credit union will access funds from these sources before using Ardent Courtesy Pay.

We will mail you a letter to notify you immediately any time your account is overdrawn. You should make every attempt to bring your account to a positive balance within 24 hours. If you are not able to do so, you will receive a letter from us informing you of the situation and your options. If, after a period of time your account has not been brought to a positive balance, we will have no option but to close your account and take other steps to recover the funds. If you have special circumstances or concerns, please call us. We want to serve you.

You should make every attempt to bring your account to a positive balance within 24 hours. If you are not able to do so, you will receive a letter from us informing you of the situation and your options. If, after a period of time your account has not been brought to a positive balance, we will have no option but to close your account and take other steps to recover the funds. If you have special circumstances or concerns, please call us. We want to serve you.

As a service to members in good standing and to help you avoid the fees that may be charged by third parties for "bad" checks, we may, at our sole discretion, approve your reasonable overdrafts up to a dollar amount (inclusive of fees). A fee will be charged for every non-sufficient fund (NSF) item regardless of whether we pay it or return it.

You should know that we are not obligated to cover any item presented for payment if your account does not contain sufficient collected and/or available funds. Furthermore, service charges assessed against a check or checks, or any other request for funds made upon your account, does not obligate us to pay said request for funds. Nor does it obligate us to provide prior written notice of our decision to refuse payment.

It is the obligation of the credit union to operate in accordance with all applicable safety and soundness standards. If you issue a check or make a transaction for funds exceeding what is available in your account, you are responsible to the credit union for the amount of any overdraft and applicable fees immediately, without notice or demand from the credit union, in accordance with the terms of your account.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss more details of the Ardent Courtesy Pay program, please call us today at 1-800-806.9465.

As a service to members in good standing and to help you avoid the fees that may be charged by third parties for "bad" checks, we may, at our sole discretion, approve your reasonable overdrafts up to a dollar amount (inclusive of fees). A fee will be charged for every non-sufficient fund (NSF) item regardless of whether we pay it or return it.

You should know that we are not obligated to cover any item presented for payment if your account does not contain sufficient collected and/or available funds. Furthermore, service charges assessed against a check or checks, or any other request for funds made upon your account, does not obligate us to pay said request for funds. Nor does it obligate us to provide prior written notice of our decision to refuse payment.

It is the obligation of the credit union to operate in accordance with all applicable safety and soundness standards. If you issue a check or make a transaction for funds exceeding what is available in your account, you are responsible to the credit union for the amount of any overdraft and applicable fees immediately, without notice or demand from the credit union, in accordance with the terms of your account.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss more details of the Ardent Courtesy Pay program, please call us today at 1-800-806.9465.