TIAA Bank Review: Checking, Savings and CDs

TIAA Bank, formerly known as EverBank, offers strong deposit accounts and a large ATM network.

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Overall bank rating

TIAA Bank
  • Savings

  • Checking

  • CD rates

  • Banking experience

  • Overdraft fees

4.5

NerdWallet rating 

The bottom line: TIAA Bank, formerly known as EverBank, gives savers some nice options for parking their money. CD rates historically have been competitive, and the interest checking account has a low minimum balance requirement. But there are caveats, including a lack of branch access.   Best for: Those who want to earn some of the best rates on CDs, have access to a large ATM network and are unlikely to overdraft or need in-person services.

Pros

  • CDs with highly competitive rates.
  • Large ATM network.
  • Interest checking with a low minimum balance requirement.

Cons

  • Very few branches, all in Florida.
  • Overdraft fee charged without a linked TIAA account or line of credit.

Full review

TIAA Bank Basic Savings

TIAA Bank Basic Savings

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
APY

0.50%

With $0 minimum balance

The basic savings account earns APY, which is more than you’ll find at some big banks, and on par with some of the best rates from other online banks.

You need just $25 to open an account. If you keep an average daily balance of $25 in your savings account, you can avoid a $5 monthly fee. Though other banks offer savings accounts with no monthly fee, the minimum requirement to get TIAA’s fee waived is low and the account’s interest rate is competitive.

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TIAA Bank Yield Pledge® Checking

TIAA Bank Yield Pledge® Checking

4.5

NerdWallet rating 
Monthly Fee

$0

APY

0.10%

With $100 minimum balance

You need $100 to open a TIAA Bank Yield Pledge Checking account, and you’ll earn  APY on your balance.

TIAA offers more than 80,000 fee-free ATMs, and if your balance is less than $5,000, TIAA bank will reimburse up to $15 in non-network ATM fees. If your daily average balance is more than that, reimbursements are unlimited.

TIAA Bank Basic CD

TIAA Bank Basic CD

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
1-year APY

0.55%

3-year APY

0.70%

5-year APY

0.85%

Minimum Deposit

$1,000

The Basic CD earns APY for a one-year term. That's higher than the national average rate for 1-year CDs, .

A five-year Basic CD earns  APY. If you can afford to lock away your money for that long, you can lock into a rate that beats those of regular savings accounts. (Compare how much you’d earn with the .)

To open a Basic CD, you’ll need at least $1,000, a somewhat lower minimum than some other online banks that require a minimum deposit of $1,500 to $5,000.

Banking experience

3.5

NerdWallet rating 

Representatives are available by phone on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET. You can also reach out for help on Twitter.

The mobile app offers check deposit and bill pay. It also earns high ratings in the app stores.

There are only nine branches, all in Florida. But, TIAA offers free access to more than 80,000 ATMs, plus fee reimbursements for out-of-network ATMs.

Overdraft fees

4.0

NerdWallet rating 

TIAA Bank’s nonsufficient funds fee is $30 per transaction. To avoid this fee, the bank offers free overdraft transfers. The funds to cover any overdraft need to come from a linked TIAA account or line of credit.

Customers who don’t have linked accounts will be charged the nonsufficient funds fee.

TIAA Bank limits nonsuffucient funds fee charges to a maximum of two times a day, unlike some other banks that charge three or more times a day. The bank's $30 fee is also lower than the national median of about $34, but if you have two or more transactions on an overdrawn account, you could still face up to $60 in charges in one day.

TIAA Bank Basic Savings

TIAA Bank Basic Savings

5.0

NerdWallet rating 
APY

0.50%

With $0 minimum balance

The basic savings account earns APY, which is more than you’ll find at some big banks, and on par with some of the best rates from other online banks.

You need just $25 to open an account. If you keep an average daily balance of $25 in your savings account, you can avoid a $5 monthly fee. Though other banks offer savings accounts with no monthly fee, the minimum requirement to get TIAA’s fee waived is low and the account’s interest rate is competitive.

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How does TIAA Bank compare?

Federally insured by the NCUA

NerdWallet rating 
NerdWallet rating 
NerdWallet rating 
APY

0.50%

With $0 minimum balance

APY

0.40%

With $0 minimum balance

APY

0.55%

With $100 minimum balance

Bonus

N/A

Bonus

N/A

Bonus

N/A

RATING METHODOLOGY

NerdWallet’s overall ratings for banks and credit unions are weighted averages of several categories: checking, savings, certificates of deposit or credit union share certificates, banking experience and overdraft fees. Factors we consider, depending on the category, include rates and fees, ATM and branch access, account features and limits, user-facing technology, customer service and innovation. The stars represent ratings from poor (one star) to excellent (five stars). Ratings are rounded to the nearest half-star.