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3232 S Sherwood Forest Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Pelican State Credit Union is headquartered in Baton Rouge and is the 11st largest credit union in the state of Louisiana. It is also the 835th largest credit union in the nation. It was established in 1956 and as of March of 2014, it had grown to 168 employees and 36,495 members. Pelican State Credit Union's savings rates are 94% higher than the national average, and it has a B+ health rating.

Field of Membership Restrictions

Meet one of the following criteria and you're eligible for full membership: * You work for one of Pelican State CU's Select Employer Groups (SEGs) * You are a Pelican State CU employee. * Your immediate family member is a Pelican State CU member * You reside in Rapides Parish There's a membership fee of $5. A deposit in the share savings account is also required for membership. - See Details

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Reviews (3)

Great Rate And Great Service.

I don't know how they are doing it but I don't care.  They have offerred one of the highest rates on checking for 2 years now.  When I call they take care of me.  Good place to bank.

Pelican State SUCKS

I HATE Pelican State Credit Union. First, it took an act of Congress to get them to draft the funds from my existing account in order to open this one. I missed receiving the 4% interest on the first month b/c they didn't set my ACH deposit up in time. No one ever answers when you call...the hold time is ridiculous. The website is as un-userfriendly as I have ever encountered. I tried to set up Bill Pay so that I could transfer money to my other account but the "red tape" and technical issues involved were the last straw...again no one to assist when I established my "Secret Word" (different from a password, mind you) and within 5 seconds of setting it, my account was locked. I requested they close my account and transfer my money back to the bank they had debited it from, but received a reply that they were not able to do that. Fortunately my other bank (Gulf Coast Community Federal Credit Union to which I would give 5 stars and offers 3% interest up to $25k with fewer monthly requirements) was able to draft the money from Pelican. I had to fax in a request to close the account (no big deal) but received another reply that the last sentence ("for internal use only") on the bottom of the form was cut off, so I re-faxed it. 2 weeks later, my account is still open and my money has not been returned to me.

Posting Problems And Multiple Visa Debit Card Authorizations

I have noticed from personal experience that each time I use my Visa Debit card to make purchases over the phone that Pelican State Credit union will put multiple holds on my account...I have had up to 3 holds placed on my funds for a single purchase.  Why?  They will also make it difficult to impossible for some merchants to correct these authorization holds.  I'm beginning to think that the credit union isn't really much different from a bank after all.  They will try anything in hopes that a customer will overdraw their account, after all they have to make money too.  I've also noticed that they will have a purchase authorization, then post that purchase to my account for 2 to 3 days then remove the post for 2 to 3 days then post it again.  This happened to me recently for a 500.00+ transaction.  I wonder if they are monitoring my purchase/spending history hoping that I will overdraw my account.

All I can say is beware.  Each time you use your Visa Debit Card for a purchase placed by phone, make sure you have 3 times the amount of funds needed in your account because you are guaranteed to have several authorizations for a single transaction.

I'm thinking of keeping my savings account and opening a checking account with someone else after all this.  The little bit of interest they pay can't make up for any overdraft fees that they may charge.

I also find that it isn't convenient to do business here.  There aren't enough locations in Baton Rouge, and as far as I know the only location that is open on Sat is in Zachary.


Data for Q1 2014

Institution Health


Texas Ratio


The Texas Ratio is an indicator of how much capital a bank has available compared to the total value of loans considered at risk. As of March 31, 2014 Pelican State Credit Union had $3 million in non-current loans and owned real-estate with $24.29 million in equity and loan loss allowances on hand to cover it. This gives Pelican State Credit Union a Texas Ratio of 12.33% which is above average. Any bank with a Texas Ratio near or greater than 100% is considered at risk.

Texas Ratio Trend


The Texas Ratio for Pelican State Credit Union experienced no significant changes from 10.13% as of March 31, 2013 to 12.33% as of March 31, 2014, resulting in a negative change of 21.72%. This indicates that the balance sheet and financial strength for Pelican State Credit Union has had no significant changes in recent periods.

Deposit Growth


In the past year, Pelican State Credit Union has increased its total deposits by $18.22 million, resulting in 9.46% growth for the year. A strong track record of growth is an indicator of consumer confidence and the bank's ability to strengthen its balance sheet. The growth Pelican State Credit Union has shown is excellent.



Both FDIC and NCUA consider capitalization levels of banks and credit unions to be of high importance. Higher capitalization allows for a greater buffer when cover loans that may fail in the future. Pelican State Credit Union has $234.12 million in assets with $24.29 million in equity, resulting in a capitalization level of 10.38%, which is above average.

Institution Statistics

NCUA #62710
Year Chartered1956
Primary Regulator
Assets and Liabilities
Assets$234.12 million
Loans$169.71 million
Deposits$210.87 million
Equity Capital$21.68 million
Loan Loss Allowance$2.62 million
Unbacked Noncurrent Loans$2.30 million
Real Estate Owned$692,000
Historic Data - March 2013
Assets$215.17 million
Equity Capital$19.75 million
Loan Loss Allowance$2.84 million
Unbacked Noncurrent Loans$2.30 million
Real Estate Owned$364,000
Profit Margin - Quarterly
Net Interest Margin1.91%
Return on Assets0.85%
Return on Equity9.15%
Interest Income$3.59 million
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Pelican State Credit Union Savings Account Rates

1.01%-$50kKasasa Saver - Qualifying
0.89%$100-IRA Share
0.89%$100-Roth IRA Share
0.89%$100-CESA Share
0.80%$20k-Regular Shares
0.70%$100k-High Yield Shares
0.30%$50k-Commercial Shares
0.25%--Christmas Club
0.25%$1k-Freedom Shares
0.25%--Team Pelican Shares
0.25%--Vacation Club
0.05%--Kasasa Saver - Non Qualifying

Pelican State Credit Union Checking Account Rates

4.01%-$10kKasasa Cash - Qualifying
0.05%--Kasasa Cash - Non Qualifying

Pelican State Credit Union CD Rates

1.49%$10k-48 Month Jumbo CD
1.39%$500-48 Month CD
1.24%$10k-36 Month Jumbo CD
1.15%$500-36 Month CD
0.99%$10k-24 Month Jumbo CD
0.89%$500-24 Month CD
0.60%$10k-12 Month Jumbo CD
0.50%$500-12 Month CD
0.49%$10k-6 Month Jumbo CD
0.39%$500-6 Month CD

Pelican State Credit Union IRA Rates

1.89%$10k-48 Month Jumbo IRA
1.78%$1k-48 Month IRA
1.64%$10k-36 Month Jumbo IRA
1.54%$1k-36 Month IRA
1.29%$10k-24 Month Jumbo IRA
1.19%$1k-24 Month IRA
0.79%$10k-12 Month Jumbo IRA
0.69%$1k-12 Month IRA
0.60%$10k-6 Month Jumbo IRA
0.50%$1k-6 Month IRA

Pelican State Credit Union has 12 locations. Click to view all Pelican State Credit Union locations.