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Overdraft Protection

Life happens!

Credit Union of New Jersey understands that unexpected overdrafts occur from time to time—Overdraft Coverage can help.

Overdraft Coverage Options

The choice is yours. Consider these ways to cover overdrafts:

Overdraft coverage services
Service Cost
Overdraft Protection Link to your share savings account you have at Credit Union of New Jersey1 A maxiumum of $15 fee per transfer
Overdraft Protection Line of Credit1,2 Subject to fees + interest
Overdraft Privilege $30 Overdraft Fee per item

Overdraft Protection applies to all transactions and may help prevent overdrafts by automatically transferring funds to your checking account from your share savings account or line of credit you may have at Credit Union of New Jersey for a fee or finance charge. Please note that overdraft lines of credit are subject to credit approval.

Overdraft Privilege allows you to overdraw your account up to the disclosed limit for a fee to pay a transaction. Even if you have Overdraft Protection, Overdraft Privilege is still available as secondary coverage if the other protection source is exhausted. Please review the “What Else You Should Know” section for other important information.

Various Overdraft Coverages
Transactions Covered with Overdraft Privilege Standard Coverage (No action required) Extended Coverage (Your consent required)3
Checks
ACH—Automatic Debits
Recurring Debit Card Transactions
Online Bill Pay Items
e-Banking Transfers
Telephone Banking
Teller Window Transactions
ATM Transactions 3
Everyday Debit Card Transactions 3

Download Extended Coverage Consent Form

You can discontinue the Overdraft Privilege in its entirety by contacting us at 800.538.4061 or sending us an email at memberservices@cunj.org.

What Else You Should Know

A link to another account or a line of credit (consumer accounts only) may be a less expensive option than an overdraft. A single larger overdraft will result in just one fee, as opposed to multiple smaller overdrafts. Good account management is the best way to avoid overdrafts. Use our mobile banking, e-Banking, and telephone banking services to keep track of your balance. For additional financial education resources, please visit www.mymoney.gov.

The $30 Overdraft Fee that is charged if you overdraw your account is the same fee that is charged if an item is returned as unpaid. If multiple items overdraw your account on the same day, each item will be assessed an appropriate Overdraft Fee or an Insufficient Funds Fee of $30. All fees and charges will be included as part of the Overdraft Privilege limit amount. Your account may become overdrawn more than the Overdraft Privilege limit amount because of a fee.

If an item is returned because the available balance in your account is not sufficient to cover the item and the item is presented for payment again, Credit Union of New Jersey will charge an Insufficient Funds Fee each time it returns the item because it exceeds the available balance in your account. If, on representment of the item, the available balance in your account is sufficient to cover the item Credit Union of New Jersey may pay the item, and, if payment causes an overdraft, charge an Overdraft Fee.

There is no limit on the total Overdraft Fees per day we will charge.

Our general policy is to post items throughout the day and to post ACH credits before debits. ATM, ACH and debit card transactions are posted in the order in which the items are received, while paper checks are posted by lowest to highest dollar amount; however, because of the many ways we allow you to access your account, the posting order of individual items may differ from these general policies. Holds on funds (described herein) and the order in which transactions are posted may impact the total amount of Overdraft Fees or Insufficient Funds Fees assessed.

Although under payment system rules, Credit Union of New Jersey may be obligated to pay some unauthorized debit card transactions, Credit Union of New Jersey will not authorize debit card or ATM transactions unless your account’s available balance (including Overdraft Coverage Options) is sufficient to cover the transactions and any fee(s).

Giving us your consent to pay everyday debit card and ATM overdrafts on your consumer account (Extended Coverage) may result in you incurring Overdraft Fees for transactions that we would otherwise be required to pay without assessing an Overdraft Fee. However, this would allow us to authorize transactions up to the amount of your Overdraft Privilege limit and may also help you avoid overdrafts in excess of your available balance that could result in suspension of your debit card. If you consent to Extended Coverage on your consumer account, it will remain on your account until it is otherwise withdrawn.

Credit Union of New Jersey authorizes and pays transactions using the available balance in your account. Credit Union of New Jersey may place a hold on deposited funds in accordance with our Membership Agreement and Disclosure, which will reduce the amount in your available balance. The available balance for checks, ACH items, and recurring debit card transactions is comprised of the ledger balance, less any holds on deposited funds and any debit card holds, plus the amount of the Overdraft Privilege limit and any available Overdraft Protection. The available balance for ATM and everyday debit card transactions on accounts with Standard Coverage is the ledger balance, less any holds on deposited funds and any debit card holds, plus any available Overdraft Protection, but does NOT include the Overdraft Privilege Limit. For accounts with Extended Coverage, the Overdraft Privilege Limit is included in the available balance for authorizing ATM and everyday debit card transactions.

Please be aware that the Overdraft Privilege amount is not included in your available balance provided through online banking, mobile banking or Credit Union of New Jersey’s ATMs.

Credit Union of New Jersey will place a hold on your account for any authorized debit card transaction until the transaction settles (usually within two business days) or as permitted by payment system rules. In some cases, the hold may exceed the amount of the transaction. When the hold ends, the funds will be added to the available balance in your account. If your account is overdrawn after the held funds are added to the available balance and the transaction is posted to the available balance, an Overdraft Fee may be assessed.

Except as described herein, Credit Union of New Jersey will not pay items if the available balance in your account (including the Overdraft Privilege limit, if applicable) is not sufficient to cover the item(s) and the amount of any fee(s).

Credit Union of New Jersey may suspend your debit card if you incur overdrafts in excess of the available balance in your account, including any Overdraft Privilege limit (as described herein). Debit cards on your account will remain suspended until you make sufficient deposits so that your available balance, taking into account any Overdraft Privilege limit, is positive and then you contact us.

Credit Union of New Jersey may also suspend your debit card if your account is overdrawn more than 32 consecutive calendar days. Debit cards on your account will remain suspended until you make sufficient deposits so that your account balance is positive.

Credit Union of New Jersey may also suspend your debit card if we are unable to contact you due to an incorrect mailing address or phone number(s). You must provide a signed, written request mailed to the credit union to correct your mailing address and/or phone number(s) OR update your information via online or mobile banking to have your debit card reinstated.

If your debit card is suspended, you will be unable to use your debit card(s) for purchases or to access your account(s) associated with the debit card(s) at the ATM while your debit card is suspended. If you use your debit card for recurring payments, e.g., utilities, you are responsible to make other arrangements for your recurring debit payment(s).

New consumer checking accounts will receive a $50 Introductory Overdraft Privilege limit at account opening that will be increased up to $1,000 after 30 days in good standing.

An Overdraft Privilege limit of up to $750 will be granted to eligible business checking accounts opened at least 60 days in good standing.

Overdraft Privilege is not a line of credit; it is a discretionary overdraft service that can be withdrawn at any time without prior notice.

Overdraft Privilege may be reduced if you default on any loan or other obligation to us, your account becomes subject to any legal or administrative order or levy, or if you fail to maintain your account in good standing by not bringing your account to a positive balance within 32 days for a minimum of one business day. You must bring your account balance positive for at least one business day to have the full Overdraft Privilege limit reinstated.

Depositor and each Authorized Signatory will continue to be liable, jointly and severally, for all overdraft and fee amounts, as described in the Membership Agreement and Disclosure. The total (negative) balance, including all fees and charges, is due and payable upon demand.

If you have any questions about Overdraft Protection or Overdraft Privilege, please call us at (800) 538-4061 or visit a branch.

Enjoy the freedom to prosper. If you would like to select Extended Coverage for future transactions, call us at 800-538-4061, visit any branch, complete a consent form and mail it to us at P.O. Box 7921, Ewing, NJ 08628-3010, or email us at memberservices@cunj.org.

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Call us at (800) 538-4061, email us at memberservices@cunj.org, or come by a branch to sign up or apply for these services.

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Consumer accounts only, subject to credit approval.

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If you choose Extended Coverage on your consumer account, ATM transactions and everyday debit card transactions will be included with the transactions listed under Standard Coverage. If you already have Overdraft Privilege Extended coverage, it is not necessary to request it again. Business accounts automatically have Extended Coverage.

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