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Q. Can anyone join the credit union?
A. Local since 1932, Champion Credit Union is a community-chartered financial cooperative that serves the residents of Haywood, Buncombe, Henderson, Graham, Swain, Jackson, Madison, Macon, and Transylvania Counties.  As long as you live, work, worship, or attend school in one of these counties, you can have an account with Champion Credit Union.

 

Q. What is the difference between a credit union and a bank?
A. Credit unions are member owned, non-profit financial cooperatives.  Banks are for-profit, board and stockholder controlled. Earnings of a credit union are returned to the members in the form of higher returns and lower loan rates. The profits of a bank are divided among the stockholders of the bank. 

 

Q. Is the credit union not-for-profit?
A. Yes.  We do not seek to earn income for profit, but rather use any income earned to meet the needs of our members and sustain in business.  Any excess profits are returned to our members in various ways.

 

Q. Why do I have to keep $5 in my savings account?
A. The $5 secures your membership, making you a member-owner with voting rights and privileges.  

 

Q. What is the routing and transit number?
A. Champion Credit Union's routing and transit number is 253174903.  This is used for direct deposit or automatic bill-pay or if you are receiving a wire transfer. 

 

Q. How do I sign up for direct deposit?
A. Contact us to request a direct deposit form, which will need to be completed and turned in to your employer or originating company. 

 

Q. What is the difference between credit and debit when I use my check card?
A. Every purchase you make in a store the clerk usually asks, “Credit or Debit?”  No matter what you answer the money is still coming from your checking account.   A debit transaction requires your PIN number.   A credit transaction requires a signature and can take a few extra days to clear your checking account. 

 

Q. How do I activate my VISA® debit or credit card?
A. Activate your new card now at ActivateMyCards.com or by calling 1-800-411-6390. 

 

Q. How do I report a lost or stolen VISA® debit or credit card?
A. To report a lost or stolen VISA® debit or credit card, please call 1-800-682-6075.

 

Q. What is the difference between my available balance and the actual balance?
A. As you are looking at your account you may notice a difference in your available balance and your actual balance.  Usually this difference is from outstanding VISA® check charges (when your debit card is ran as credit).  It can take up to 3 business days for a VISA® charge to show up on your account.  Our system places a 3-day hold on the amount of your charge to make sure sufficient funds are available.  You may also notice a difference in your available balance and your actual balance in your share account.  This is because of the $5 minimum balance is required to be left in your account.

 

Q. What are your holiday hours?
A. We follow the Federal Reserve Bank holiday schedule, with a few additions to allow our employees additional time to spend with their families. Take a look at our full Holiday Schedule.

 

Q. How do I change my mailing address?
A. You can update your mailing address through your online banking account or by sending in a notarized, completed copy of our Change of Address form to one of our officesContact us to request a Change of Address form.

 

Q. How do I go about handling an account for someone who is deceased?
A. The Clerk of Courts in the deceased member's county of residence is the first place you need to start.  Take a look at our guide to help walk you through this process.


Q. How do I apply for a Champion Credit Union/A. Roland Leatherwood Memorial Scholarship?
A. Champion Credit Union has established scholarships to assist high school seniors within our field of membership to attend a community or university college.  A committee has been established to review the applicants and make recommendations.  The Haywood County Schools Foundation is the fiscal agent for the scholarships and the Board of Directors of the Foundation will make the final decision on the recipients.  Access and complete the scholarship application here.