125 North Fulton St. Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-4611
Toll Free: (877) 273-AFCU Contact
Fresh Start Accounts
Fresh Start Accounts
The Fresh Start Account is available for members who do not qualify for our regular account due to prior difficulties maintaining a positive account balance. We understand that there may be unforeseen circumstances causing financial hardship. In keeping with Alternatives mission to provide access to transactional services and serve the underserved, we think everyone deserves a second chance. This account offers a Fresh Start.
With a Fresh Start Account, rules governing your account are as follows:
Deposits will be subject to "exception" holds under our check hold policy for Fresh Start account holders.
If the Fresh Start account overdraws during the six month period, it may be closed immediately or the exception hold period may be extended.
The Alternatives VISA Debit Card is not available for a savings account, or for the first three months of a Fresh Start checking account. After three months of maintaining a problem-free checking account, you may apply for the Debit Card.
Only one Fresh Start Account per person. If the Fresh Start Account is closed due to overdrafts, you may not have another account with Alternatives Federal Credit Union.
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Belle Sherman Elementary School Students
On a Tuesday afternoon, students in the Cornell Cooperative Extension's directed SIFE (Students with Interrupted Formal Education) program at Belle Sherman Elementary can be found hard at work learning about money and getting hands-on banking experience depositing money into their Student Credit Union accounts at Alternatives. The students, all refugees from Burma, range in age from 2nd to 5th grade.
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