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Encore Checking

Tidemark’s goal with our Encore Checking Account is to ensure that everyone has access to safe and affordable banking services free of excessive minimum balances and high or unpredictable fees.

We'll Help You Reestablish Your Financial Footing

Key features of the Encore Checking Account include a monthly cost of only $5 a month, NO NSF or Overdraft fees, the ability to pay bills and make purchases, and federal deposit insurance. Encore Checking is available in every one of Tidemark’s 6 branches across Sussex and Kent County.

Plus, all of these services for FREE:

  • FREE Debit Card for Bill Pay and Point of Sale transactions
  • FREE Branch Services
  • FREE Automated Telephone Banking
  • FREE Live Chat
  • FREE Mobile Deposit
  • FREE Online/Mobile Banking
  • FREE Account Alerts
  • FREE e-Statements
 
Our Encore Account received certification from the National Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) as meeting the Bank On National Account Standards (2021 - 2022). The national safe account standards, co-created by consumer advocates, leading national nonprofit organizations, civic leaders, and other financial institutions, designate both core and strongly recommended features that ensure low cost, high functionality, and consumer safety. We are 1 of 115 financial institutions nationwide with the certification. 
 
FEATURES  
Debit Card For Point of Sale and Bill Payment; free
Minimum Opening Deposit $5 in Prime Savings Account; $0 in Checking
Monthly Maintenance Fee $5
Overdraft or NSF Fees None
Account Activation, Dormancy, Inactivity, and Low Balance Fee None
   
MEMBER SERVICE  
Branch Access Free and unrestricted
Automated Telephone Banking Free via our Automated Telephone Banking system or live with our Contact Center
ATM Access Free at Tidemark Express Teller Machines (ETMs), Up to 8 per month free at foreign ATMs
   
FUNCTIONALITY  
Deposit Capability Free cash and check deposits in branch, at Tidemark ETMs, and via mobile banking
Bill Pay Free
Member Check Cashing for Tidemark Checks Free
Online and Mobile Banking Free
Account Alerts Free
Monthly Statements Free electronic; $1 per month for paper statements

Rely on Our Expertise, Credibility and Consistent Advice

In late 2015, we implemented a plan to enhance our financial counseling services by certifying employees with the Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®) designation.  Our financial counseling program is free to members to help make a positive difference in your financial future. Our Financial Counselors are looking out for you and your family by offering various services:

  • Education regarding sound financial principles
  • Assist with debt management
  • Identify and modify ineffective money management behaviors
  • Develop successful strategies for achieving financial goals
  • Develop new perspectives on the dynamics of money in relation to family, friends and individual self-esteem

Encore Advance

Break free of Payday Lenders with the Encore Advance Program.

  • Maximum advance is the lesser of $500 or your normal payroll deposit.
  • Abbreviated payroll advance application… original application is good for a period of 1 year
  • Advance must be paid by automatic debit on your next pay date. Pay date cannot exceed two weeks.
  • Fees: $5 per $100 borrowed.
 

Encore Loan

Need some help breaking free of the Advance cycle?  We can put you on a schedule to pay off your advance over a time period up to 6 months. 

  • Amount*: Minimum Loan of $200 and maximum of $500.
  • Maturity*: Minimum of 1 month and maximum of 6 months. 
  • Interest Rate: 6% APR.
  • Payments: Equal installments of principal and interest over the term of the loan.

*Based on the borrowers’ ability to repay.

Underwriting Requirements:

  • Membership: Must be a member for a minimum 6 – months to apply.
  • Account: Must have a checking account with us (Minimum 6 months history). Account balance must be positive.
  • PFI: Required. Evidence of consistent deposits of verified source of cash flow and debit card usage.
  • NSF: No NSF’s for the previous 30-days
  • Encore Advances: Minimum of 3 consecutive encore advances leading up to a current outstanding advance. (3 in last 6 months and 1 within the last 30 days. (Paid back as agreed)
  • TFCU Loans: Must be current on all TFCU Loans.
  • Credit: No score requirements.
  • Residence: Minimum 9-months at current residence
  • Minimum Monthly Income: $800 NET per month
  • Payment: Must be set up on automatic transfer from a TFCU account
  • Income Verification: Two consecutive and recent paystubs or proof of another source of cash flow (Social Security, Disability, etc.). Existing Member: Direct Deposit with at-least 2-months of history, we will use the account history as income verification.
  • Budget: We will perform a budget calculation to ensure you can afford the set payments.