Alliant Credit Union

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Alliant Credit Union
Credit Union
Industry Financial
Founded October 26, 1935[1]
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois, United States
Area served
Key people
David Mooney, President & CEO[1]
Products Savings; Checking; Consumer Loans; Credit Cards; Investments; Online Banking
Total assets $8.2 billion USD (FY 2011)[2]
Number of employees

Alliant Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Alliant provides exclusive benefits to employees, retirees, and members of qualifying organizations and their family members; any member of the Foster Care to Success; and individuals who live or work in a qualifying community and their family members. Founded in 1935, Alliant is the 5th largest credit union by asset size in the United States with $8.2 billion USD in assets, and serves over 280,000 members worldwide.[1][3]


On October 26, 1935, a small group of United Airlines employees organized a credit union. The credit union was originally founded as United Airlines Employees’ Credit Union (UAECU), but in 2003, the name was changed to Alliant Credit Union. After 68 years as a single-sponsor credit union, the credit union diversified membership and by the end of 2003, offered services to 27 sponsor organizations and to individuals who lived and worked in 19 communities around O’Hare International Airport.[4] Today, Alliant Credit Union offers membership to over 150 organizations and continues to offer services to communities around O’Hare International Airport.[5]

Mergers and acquisitions[edit]

In 2008, Alliant Credit Union acquired Kaiperm Federal Credit Union of Oakland, California.[6]

In 2011, the credit union merged with Continental Federal Credit Union of Tempe, Arizona, including its separately branded US Airways Credit Union.[7][8][9]

Regulatory oversight and deposit insurance[edit]

Alliant Credit Union is an Illinois chartered credit union, and is under the supervision of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Alliant Credit Union’s share savings accounts are insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an independent agency of the federal government, which administers the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF). The NCUA and IDFPR conduct periodic examinations of Alliant.[10]


Alliant Credit Union membership is a benefit available to individuals who meet one of the following eligibility requirements:[5]

  • Any employee or member of a qualifying organization.
  • A person that lives, works, or worships in a qualifying Chicago area community.
  • Any member of Foster Care to Success.
  • Any person related to by blood or law to an existing Alliant member.
  • Any domestic partners of unmarried members.

Products and services[edit]

Alliant Credit Union’s product line includes savings accounts, checking accounts, certificates, IRAs, consumer loans, and Visa credit cards. An Alliant savings account establishes membership with Alliant Credit Union and the initial savings deposit is $5. The savings account options are Regular Savings, Supplemental Savings, Custodial Savings, and Kidz Klub for kids under 12 years of age. To receive monthly dividends the savings account requires an average daily balance of $100 or more. Alliant’s checking is free with the first set of checks being free and opting out of paper statements, and having at least one monthly electronic deposit is required for the high rate checking option. Consumer loans include mortgages, home equity, vehicle, student, and personal loans. Alliant also offers investment services and insurance.

Account access[edit]

Alliant’s services include Alliant online banking, free bill pay, mobile deposit, ATM deposit, eDeposit, and eDepositPlus. eDeposit gives qualified Alliant members the ability to make deposits online before mailing the actual checks in special eDeposit envelopes to the credit union. eDepositPlus allows members to remotely deposit checks using a home scanner.

Currently, Alliant has a 24/7 member contact center, 14 service centers, and over 80,000 surcharge-free ATMs located around the world.[10]

Alliant Credit Union Foundation[edit]

The Alliant Credit Union Foundation is a separate, independent legal entity, incorporated in Illinois and operated by a Board of Directors composed of Alliant Credit Union employees. The Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable foundation established to promote economic empowerment and self-sufficiency in communities where Alliant Credit Union members and employees live and work. Specific types of support that will be provided include: education, service, grants and investments.[11]

In 2010, the Alliant Credit Union Foundation completed its first year of operations. During that year, the Foundation donated $200,000 to worthy causes. Causes eligible for Foundation financial support were those in line with its mission.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Alliant Credit Union Official Web Site". Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  2. ^ "Alliant 2011 Annual Report". Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  3. ^ "Deposit Accounts". Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  4. ^ "Alliant Credit Union Connections Newsletter". Alliant Credit Union. September 2010. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Membership Eligibility". Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  6. ^ "Alliant CU and Continental FCU Merge Into a Strategic Flight Plan". Credit Union Times. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  7. ^ Samaad, Michelle (2010-09-15). "Alliant CU and Continental FCU Merge Into a Strategic Flight Plan". Credit Union Times. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  8. ^ "Defeat Of Hostile CU Takeover Cost Members $5 Million Payout". Credit Union Journal. 2011-02-01. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  9. ^ Rubenstein, Jim (2010-02-08). "Alliant Completes Continental FCU Merger". Credit Union Times. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  10. ^ a b "About Alliant". Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  11. ^ "Operation Hope Blog". Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  12. ^ "Donations, Alliant Credit Union". Credit Union Times. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 

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