at Navy Federal Credit Union,

Federally insured by the NCUA

Pros

High rates for share certificates.
No monthly fees on basic savings and several checking accounts.
Over 30,000 free ATMs, plus some checking accounts offer ATM fee rebates.

Cons

Small branch network.
0.25% APY on basic savings; better rates available elsewhere.

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Overall

4.0

Navy Federal Credit Union is the largest credit union in the country, with over 8 million members and a mission to serve those who serve our country.

 

Military-based membership: You can join Navy Fed if you’ve served in a branch of the U.S. armed forces on active duty or as a reservist, if you’ve worked for the Department of Defense or a DOD contractor, or if you’re immediate family of someone eligible for membership.

 

Why join: If you live near a branch or don’t mind banking online, you can find mostly no-fee checking and savings accounts and high rates on share certificates.

Ratings methodology | Updated Feb. 14, 2019

Checking

4.5
All five Navy Federal checking accounts earn dividends, and you can choose from some solid free and low-cost options.
Basic Savings Account
APY
0.25%
Min. balance for APY
$5

at Navy Federal Credit Union,

Federally insured by the NCUA

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Overall
Customer service
Good
Website / app
Good
Rates
Good
Fees
Low
Navy Federal is an excellent bank
One of the best banks to choose from, although not available to all.
Overall
Customer service
Poor
Website / app
Poor
Rates
Poor
Fees
High
Don't know what they are foing
My husband and I tried to get a joint bank account. That's all. NFCU kept requiring doc after doc to prove our address. We sent in a tax return and was told that wasn't good enough. Then they sent an email that had tax returns listed as acceptable proof of address. When I tried to explain this to a rep on the phone, she wouldn't talk to me because I wasn't my husband---even though I was applying as well. Total buffoons.
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