In addition to many select employee groups, the credit union's field of membership includes several associations in which anyone can join. A reader in my previous post noted that they've added a new association (American Consumer Council). This is free to join, and you can join at this credit union page. A $5 minimum balance to your savings account is required for credit union membership. Readers have mentioned in this July 2007 post that the online application requires a minimum $25 deposit to fund electronically.
Commenters in past NASA Federal posts have mentioned that NASA Federal has done hard credit pulls via Equifax (which will slightly ding your credit score) during account opening.
Branches are located in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia.
NASA Federal continues to have strong ratings for safety and soundness: 5 stars (superior) at BauerFinancial and 4 stars (sound) at Bankrate.com. Both are based on 9/30/08 data. The credit union is federally insured by the NCUA (Charter # 6328).
Thanks to the reader who emailed me news of this new special