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Overdraft Protection & Courtesy Pay

TN Members 1st FCU understands that unexpected overdrafts occur from time to time – we have options to help you cover overdrafts, the choice is yours.

OVERDRAFT PROTECTION applies to all transactions and may help prevent overdrafts by automatically transferring funds to your checking account from another account or line of credit you have at TN Members 1st FCU for a fee or finance charge. Please note that overdraft lines of credit are subject to credit approval. Call us at 865-482-4343, send us a secure message through digital banking, or come by a branch to sign up or apply for these services. Good account management is the best way to avoid overdrafts.

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

Overdraft Protection linked to another deposit
account you have at TN Members 1st FCU1
$1 fee per transfer
Overdraft Protection line of credit1, 2Subject to interest
Courtesy Pay standard or extended coverage$30 Courtesy Pay Fee
per item presented.*

Your Courtesy Pay Coverage Options

Transactions Covered
with Courtesy Pay
Standard Coverage
(no action required)
Extended Coverage
(consent required on consumer accounts)^
ACH – Automatic DebitsXX
Recurring Debit Card TransactionXX
Online Bill Pay ItemsXX
Teller Window TransactionsXX
ATM TransactionsX^
Everyday Debit Card TransactionsX^

To select Courtesy Pay Extended Coverage for future transactions:
Call us at 865-482-4343.

  • Complete the online consent form at the link below
  • Visit your local branch.
  • Complete a consent form and mail it to us at: PO Box 6828, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
  • Send us a secure message through digital banking.

Courtesy Pay Extended Coverage Consent Form

Click the link below to be taken to our fillable Courtesy Pay Extended Coverage Consent Form. There is an online submission and printable form available for your convenience. If selecting to complete the printable form, please return it to the credit union by visiting your local branch; mailing it to us at PO Box 6828, Oak Ridge, TN 37830; or attaching it in a secure digital banking message.

Additional Information & Disclaimers

See below for additional information and disclaimers you should know and don’t hesitate to reach out to the credit union if you have any questions.

  • A link to another account or line of credit may be less expensive than an overdraft. A single larger overdraft will result in one fee, instead of multiple smaller overdrafts. Use our 24/7 account access services to track your balance. For financial education resources, please visit mymembersfirst.org/greenpath.
  • The $30 Courtesy Pay 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 Courtesy Pay Fee or a NSF Fee of $30. All fees and charges will be included as part of the Courtesy pay limit amount. Your account may become overdrawn more than the Courtesy pay limit amount because of a fee.
  • There is no limit on the total Courtesy Pay Fees per day we will charge you for overdrawing your account. We will not charge a Courtesy Pay fee if a checking account is overdrawn by $30 or less or if the amount of the item is $30 or less.
  • Recipients of federal or state benefits payments who do not wish us to deduct the amount overdrawn and the Courtesy Pay Fee from funds that you deposit or that are deposited into your account may call us at 865-482-4343 to discontinue Courtesy pay.
  • If an item is returned because the available balance (as defined below) in your account is not sufficient to cover the item and the item is presented for payment again, TN Members 1st FCU (“We”) may charge a NSF Fee each time we return the item because it exceeds the available balance in your account. Because we may charge a NSF Fee each time an item is presented, we may charge you more than one fee for any given item as a result of a returned item and re-presentment of the item. When we charge a NSF Fee, the charge reduces the available balance in your account and may put your account into or further into overdraft. If, on re-presentment of the item, the available balance in your account is sufficient to cover the item we may pay the item, and, if payment causes an overdraft, charge a Courtesy Pay Fee. We may use the terms “item” and “transaction” interchangeably.
  • Our general policy is to post items throughout the day and to post ACH credits before debits. ATM, ACH, debit card transactions and checks are posted in the order in which the items are received; 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 Courtesy Pay Fees or NSF Fees assessed.
  • Courtesy pay is not a line of credit, it is a discretionary overdraft service that can be withdrawn at any time without prior notice.
  • Depositor and each Authorized Signatory will continue to be liable, jointly and severally, for all overdraft and fee amounts, as described in the Membership and Account Agreement. The total (negative) balance, including all fees and charges, is due and payable upon demand.
  • We may be obligated to pay some debit card transactions that are not authorized through the payment system but which we are required to pay due to the payment system rules, and as a result you may incur fees if such transactions overdraw your account. However, we 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 Courtesy Pay Fees for transactions that we would otherwise be required to pay without assessing a Courtesy Pay Fee. However, this would allow us to authorize transactions up to the amount of your Courtesy pay limit. If you consent to extended coverage on your consumer account, it will remain on your account until it is otherwise withdrawn.
Your account has two kinds of balances: the actual balance and the available balance.
  • We authorize and pay transactions using the available balance.
  • Your actual balance reflects the full amount of all deposits to your account as well as payment transactions that have been posted to your account. It does not reflect checks you have written and are still outstanding or transactions that have been authorized but are still pending.
  • Your available balance is the amount available to you to use for purchases, withdrawals, or to cover transactions. The available balance is your actual balance, less any holds due to pending debit card transactions and holds on deposited funds.
  • The balance used for authorizing checks, ACH items, and recurring debit card transactions is your available balance plus the amount of the Courtesy pay limit and any available Overdraft Protection.
  • The balance used for authorizing ATM and everyday debit card transactions on accounts with Standard Coverage is your available balance plus any available Overdraft Protection but does NOT include the Courtesy pay limit.
  • The balance used for authorizing ATM and everyday debit card transactions on accounts with extended coverage is your available balance plus any available Overdraft Protection and includes the Courtesy pay limit.
  • Because your available balance reflects pending transactions and debit holds, your balance may appear to cover a transaction but later upon settlement it may not be sufficient to cover such transaction. In such cases, the transaction may further overdraw your account and be subject to additional overdraft fees. You should assume that any item which would overdraw your account based on your available balance may create an overdraft. Note that we may place a hold on deposited funds in accordance with our Membership and Account Agreement, which will reduce the amount in your available balance.
  • Please be aware that the Courtesy pay amount is not included in your available balance provided through digital banking, or TN Members 1st FCU’s ATMs.
  • We 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, a Courtesy Pay Fee may be assessed.
  • Except as described herein, we will not pay items if the available balance in your account (including the Courtesy pay limit, if applicable) is not sufficient to cover the item(s) and the amount of any fee(s).
  • New checking accounts will receive a $100 Introductory Courtesy pay limit at account opening that will be increased to $500 after 30 days in good standing.
  • Courtesy pay 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 Courtesy pay limit reinstated.
If you have any questions about Overdraft Protection or Courtesy pay, please call us at 865-482-4343 or visit your local branch.

1Call us at 865-482-4343, send us a secure message through digital banking, or come by a branch to sign up or apply for these services; 2Subject to credit approval; *Per item presented means each time an item is presented, including re-presentment. ^If you choose Extended Coverage, ATM transactions and everyday debit card transactions will be included with the transactions listed under standard coverage. If you already have Courtesy Pay extended coverage, it is not necessary to request it again. If you want to discontinue Courtesy Pay in its entirety, contact us at 865-482-4343 or send us a secure message through digital banking.

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