Overdraft Protection

What You Need to Know about Overdrafts and Overdraft Fees

An overdraft occurs when you do not have enough money in your account to cover a transaction. Learn more about the ways RBFCU can cover your overdrafts.

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Use your savings to ensure your transactions are covered. Funds will automatically be transferred from your linked savings account, if the funds are available, to your checking account to cover the cost of your purchase.

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A Line of Credit (LOC) is a loan that gives you the ability to borrow money when you need it, and only pay for the amount you borrowed (plus interest based on the outstanding balance).1 With an LOC linked to your checking account, funds will automatically be transferred to your checking account to cover the cost of your purchase.

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Courtesy Pay is a safeguard to protect against unexpected expenses that overdraw your checking account balance. It provides the security of knowing you’ll be covered when making transactions.

If you use Courtesy Pay, you will incur a non-refundable fee of $24 for the convenience of knowing your transaction is covered. Courtesy Pay for checks, ACH transactions and bill payments comes as a standard option with your checking account, but you must opt-in for ATM and debit card transactions.2

1Line of Credit subject to credit approval and interest charges.

2Due to regulatory requirements, an opt-in to Courtesy Pay is needed for it to be available as an overdraft option for debit card and ATM transactions. However, Courtesy Pay is a standard option for overdrafts on checks, ACH transactions and bill payments from your checking account. For more information, read “What You Need to Know About Overdrafts and Overdraft Fees.”

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Peace of mind

RBFCU will charge a $24 non-refundable fee each time we pay an overdraft. Our Courtesy Pay program gives you a safety net for those instances when you don’t have sufficient funds in your account.

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Last-resort coverage

RBFCU allows members to complete automatic transfers and protect themselves from potential overdrafts or apply a line of credit as overdraft protection, making Courtesy Pay a true last resort for members.

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Convenience

Courtesy Pay may be used if you spend an amount over your available account balance. Courtesy Pay for checks, ACH transactions, and bill payments comes as a standard option with your checking account, but you must opt in for ATM and debit card transactions.2

How do I enroll in or update my Courtesy Pay options?

To change your Courtesy Pay options, visit the “Courtesy Pay” page in your Online Banking account and follow the self-service directions. You can enroll in or opt out of Courtesy Pay at any time in Online Banking.

If you need assistance with your Courtesy Pay options, please sign in to your Online Banking account to chat with a Member Service Representative, call us at 210-945-3300 or visit your nearest branch.

How to avoid overdraft fees

Account Alerts

Monitor your RBFCU accounts and transactions with customized email and text Alerts, available within your Online Banking account and the RBFCU Mobile® app. You can set up Alerts to notify you about transfers, loan payments, deposits, balance thresholds and more, plus add or change them as often as you like.

Learn more about Alerts

Alternative overdraft options

RBFCU offers alternative overdraft protection plans, such as a link to a savings account or a link to a Line of Credit, which may be less expensive than Courtesy Pay. To learn more, refer to the alternative overdraft protection plans above.

Learn more about alternative options

GreenPath Financial Wellness™

RBFCU has partnered with GreenPath, a national non-profit focused on financial wellness assisting in credit counseling, debt management and personal financial education. They can work with you to help ease financial stress, manage debt, save for the future, make informed financial decisions, and achieve your financial goals.

Learn more about GreenPath

 

  • How much is an overdraft fee?
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    Courtesy Pay fees are $24 per transaction. If you do not have Courtesy Pay on your account and you make a transaction without sufficient funds, you may be charged an Insufficient Funds Fee of $24 and the item will be returned unpaid.

    For more information, read “What You Need to Know About Overdrafts and Overdraft Fees.”

  • How many times can I use Courtesy Pay in a day?
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    A Daily Fee Cap limit has been set at a maximum of nine Courtesy Pay and/or Insufficient Funds Fees that a member can incur per day. If a member has not exhausted their specific Courtesy Pay dollar amount, RBFCU will cover additional charges without issuing a fee.

    For more information, read “What You Need to Know About Overdrafts and Overdraft Fees.”

  • I don't agree with the Courtesy Pay fee I was charged. What do I do?
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    In your Online Banking account, we offer additional detail regarding each Courtesy Pay transaction, including the balance in your account and the other pending transactions at the time the Courtesy Pay fee was assessed. Please take a moment to review this information for more detail on why a fee was assessed. If you feel a Courtesy Pay fee was incurred in error, please contact us at 210-945-3300.

    You can change your Courtesy Pay selections (opt in or opt out) at any time using the following methods:

    For more information, read “What You Need to Know About Overdrafts and Overdraft Fees.”

  • How much time do I have to repay Courtesy Pay?
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    You have 45 days to repay the transaction amount(s) plus fees incurred.

    For more information, read “What You Need to Know About Overdrafts and Overdraft Fees.”

  • Under what circumstance would RBFCU not pay an Overdraft Item?
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    Overdrafts occur when you do not have available funds in your checking account and you have not enrolled in Overdraft Protection or Courtesy Pay. We pay overdrafts at our discretion, which means we do not guarantee that we will always authorize and pay any type of transaction. If we do not authorize and pay for an overdraft, your transaction will be declined.

    For more information, read “What You Need to Know About Overdrafts and Overdraft Fees.”

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