Pros

Over 80,000 free ATMs
0.65% APY on High Rate Checking is well above average.
1.16% APY on savings, among the best rates you'll find

Cons

$25 overdraft fee; no limit on number of daily charges
Doesn't participate in shared branching

Overall

4.0

Many credit unions offer better interest rates than banks do, but they also may have narrow membership requirements and less polished technology. But Alliant Credit Union combines the best of both worlds with broad membership criteria, great rates and a good tech experience.

Ratings methodology | Updated Aug. 24, 2017

Checking

5.0

Alliant offers free, teen and high-rate checking accounts, none of which charges a monthly fee. Qualify for High-Rate Checking's strong APY by enrolling in free e-statements and receiving at least one electronic deposit per month — and you’ll receive the great rate, plus up to $20 per month in reimbursements for out-of-network ATM fees.

Free High-Rate Checking
0.65%
APY
$0
Monthly fee
None
Balance to waive monthly fee
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High-Rate Savings
1.16%
APY
$100
Min. balance for APY
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Overall
Customer service
Good
Website / app
Excellent
Rates
Excellent
Fees
Low
great online bank credit union
great interest rates on both their savings and checking accounts. without monthly fees. customer service reps are always polite and helpful. The new mobile app is GREAT
Overall
Customer service
Poor
Website / app
Poor
Rates
Poor
Fees
High
Poor Customer Service & Exorbitant Fees
Needed statements for 2015 for an audit and discovered that there is extremely limited history online and only goes back to 2016. The customer service rep (who claimed she is a supervisor) was terrible in comparison to the other financial institutions I spoke with today. To top it all off, in order to get a copy of the statements emailed to me, I had to pay $5 per statement. The others I spoke with today emailed everything I needed for free. So disappointing.
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