Who Insures Credit Union Deposits?

As with bank deposits, credit union savings are federally insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF). NCUA coverage typically extends up to $250,000 for single ownership accounts in each category of checking, savings and money market accounts.

All federally and most state-chartered credit unions offer this protection free to consumers.


The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) protects deposits at banks up to $250,000 per account, per ownership category in case of bank failure, with insured banks displaying signs stating their status with FDIC as being protected against depositor losses up to this threshold amount. Although failure of banks is rare, should it occur, then FDIC will cover insured deposits up to $250,000.

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) insures accounts at federally and state-chartered credit unions. As an independent government agency, they establish policies for and oversee the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF), managing their funds as well as those for both types of institutions that belong to it – currently there are over 5,100 state-chartered and federally insured credit unions that belong to this association.

As with the FDIC, the NCUA insures all accounts associated with banks – these include checking, savings, money market and certificate of deposit (CD) accounts. Furthermore, retirement accounts such as traditional or Roth IRAs as well as revocable trust accounts with coverage up to $250,000 are covered under its policy.

Certain accounts do not fall within the protection of the NCUA, including safe deposit boxes and investments such as mutual funds and life insurance policies. However, this does not prevent people from investing their money into investments that lose value; all investors must understand and accept this when investing their money.

The NCUA also sets separate ownership categories limits and coverage limitations for joint and individual ownership categories at individual credit unions. The limits cover all of an individual’s deposit accounts held within their ownership category at that same credit union.

Since the establishment of the National Credit Union Administration nearly one century ago, no member deposit funds have ever been lost to credit union membership deposits. Furthermore, the NCUA has never exhausted its insurance funds or relied upon taxpayers to meet its insurance obligations; when its reserves run low it has met them either through operating cash flow or drawing on its line of credit with Federal Financing Bank.


The National Credit Union Administration is an independent federal agency that protects consumer accounts held at member credit unions, like the FDIC. They act as a safety net should your deposit accounts become vulnerable due to any type of failure within their network; funded through member contributions of 1% of insured shares to cover potential claims as well as operating expenses; programs are also offered to assist struggling credit unions stay open.

All federally chartered credit unions must display and inform consumers about their federal insurance coverage provided by NCUA. State-chartered credit unions may instead opt to be privately insured instead, though such privately insured institutions don’t enjoy full faith and support from U.S. government; you should always conduct due diligence prior to making deposits.

NCUA insurance protects checking, savings and money market accounts as well as certain retirement accounts like IRAs. The standard insurance amount per individual or for joint accounts per ownership category is $250,000 – this equals the FDIC maximum coverage amount; however unlike its counterpart it does not insure investment losses in mutual funds, stocks and bonds purchased through credit unions or safe deposit boxes or their contents.

To maximize the coverage provided by your credit union’s insurance, diversify the types of accounts held at one credit union. While individual accounts typically fall within an insurance limit of $250,000, extending coverage by opening multiple account types at once with that credit union can also increase coverage significantly; adding another owner could do the trick too, provided legal ownership requirements are fulfilled.

Although the NCUA doesn’t offer guarantees, its supervisory system helps identify potential problems before they develop and its reserve fund covers costs associated with failed credit unions. Presidents appoint three-member boards that run the NCUA; members serve six year terms with no more than two consecutive terms served and no two members from one political party being present on it at once.

Private Insurers

If you’re considering joining a credit union, don’t be put off by its deposits being insured differently than what’s offered through FDIC-insured bank accounts. Both types of accounts offer similar levels of safety protection – just make sure it falls under National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) jurisdiction!

The NCUA is a government agency that insures credit union members’ savings similar to how the FDIC covers bank accounts. Coverage is free, with funds coming from member credit unions which contribute 1% of insured shares to cover potential claims against NCUA funds. You can find more information on how this agency operates at their website.

Apart from NCUA-backed NCCU insurance, many credit unions also purchase private insurance through Educators Savings Insurance Corporation (ESI), available at hundreds of credit unions nationwide and covering up to $250,000 per account without being reduced by account balances in primary savings and checking.

Most credit unions provide savings options with rates comparable to, or sometimes better than those provided by FDIC-insured banks. These savings options, commonly referred to as “shares,” can include checking accounts, money market accounts, certificate of deposit (CD) options and traditional and Roth IRAs – each falling under one of the NCUA’s ownership categories that has its own maximum limit for insured deposits.

GAO conducted extensive analysis on regulatory ratings and financial data. Furthermore, they reviewed documents from ASI – which is the only private insurer offering coverage for credit unions – as well as unannounced site visits at 47 credit unions as well as reviewed printed material from 36 of them.

While NCUA is technically a government agency, it operates as an independent nonprofit organization. Presidents appoint three-person boards that serve a six-year term each. Since its creation in 1970, there has been no need for payout of claims by this body.

Ownership Categories

Though you might not think of credit unions as being as secure as FDIC-insured banks, they’re actually equally protected. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) works similarly for credit unions by covering deposits up to $250,000 per person and account category with NCUA insurance policies.

The National Credit Union Administration is an independent federal agency responsible for overseeing, regulating, and insuring credit unions across America. If a credit union fails, in rare instances it manages and closes it without any member deposits being returned thanks to its National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund which is supported by government.

Contrary to FDIC insurance, which insures bank accounts on an individual basis, NCUA covers all savings and certificate accounts at each credit union to an aggregate limit of $250,000. Furthermore, individual retirement account funds are also protected against potential risk by NCUA coverage limits that remain relatively low.

There are various strategies you can employ to enhance the protection provided by credit union deposit insurance. One strategy would be opening accounts at multiple NCUA-insured credit unions in order to increase total insurance coverage amount; or dividing ownership categories into different products to access additional protection provided all accounts meet certain requirements.

As an example, joint share accounts may be insured up to $250,000 when held jointly and without beneficiaries. While primary owners must be members of their credit union in order for their shares to qualify for coverage, co-owners don’t necessarily need to be. Furthermore, jointly held revocable trust accounts can also be protected up to this maximum threshold amount.

To assess how much insurance there is on any given product, use the NCUA’s online tool to calculate coverage amounts. Alternatively, visit a credit union in person and speak to a representative; they should be able to help determine how much of your money is insured as well as offer advice on ways to increase it further.