Arapahoe Credit Union (ACU) recently raised the rates on all its CDs, with the shortest and longest terms offering the most competitive rates. The minimum opening deposit is $100, with no stated balance cap.
The 3-5 month CD APY is currently 10 bps above the top nationwide 3-month rate, and in some sort of coincidental mathematical symmetry, there is 100 bps between the 6-month and 60-month CDs.
The CDs are also offered as IRAs (Traditional and Roth), earning the same APY with the same funding requirements.
In a Live Chat, CSR explained the Early Withdrawal Penalty.
For accounts with a maturity date less than 12 months, the amount
of the early withdrawal penalty for your accounts is 90 days interest.
For accounts with a maturity date of 36 months or longer, the amount
of the early withdrawal penalty for your accounts is 365 days interest.
Headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, Arapahoe Credit Union’s field of membership (FOM) is open to all Colorado residents through membership in Consumers United Association ($5 membership fee).
Individuals who live, work, or attend school in the Colorado counties of Arapahoe, Douglas, or Jefferson also qualify for membership.
Employees of more than 65 SEGs (including several school systems) are eligible to join.
Immediate family members of current ACU members are also welcome to apply for membership. “Immediate family” is defined in this instance as spouse, parent (step), child (step), sibling, grandparent, and grandchild.
*ACU’s online membership application isn’t the most intuitive application I’ve seen and it’s the only place where the FOM details can be found. Consumers United Association (CUA) is listed under the “I am an employee of” option. It’s the last choice and, for some unknown reason, it’s listed as “Arapahoe Community College and Consumers United Association.” (Arapahoe Community College is also listed at the top of the list.) If you plan on joining CUA as a path to ACU eligibility, calling ACU (303.740.7063) for help before you start the online application might be helpful.
ACU participates in the CO-OP Shared Branch network, giving its members access to nearly 30,000 ATMs and more than 5,000 share branches.
Credit Union Overview
Arapahoe Credit Union has an overall health grade of "B+" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 1.45% (excellent) based on March 31, 2018 data. In the past year, Arapahoe CU has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $267k, an above average annual growth rate of 0.23%. Please refer to our financial overview of Arapahoe Credit Union (NCUA Charter # 64110) for more details.
Arapahoe Credit Union was founded in 1937 for the benefit of Arapahoe County school employees. 81 years later, ACU’s FOM has expanded to offer membership to almost every Colorado resident. According to ACU’s website,
The Colorado Community Media has awarded Arapahoe Credit Union seven Best of the Best awards for 2018. We’re proud to be awarded the top credit union/ bank in Centennial, Littleton, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Golden and Castle Rock!
How the CDs Compare
When compared to the 188 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that are available to residents of Colorado, Arapahoe Credit Union’s 3-5 month CD APY currently ranks first.
When compared to the 262 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that are available to residents of Colorado, Arapahoe Credit Union’s 60-month CD APY currently ranks second.
When compared to the 288 similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that are available to residents of Colorado, Arapahoe Credit Union’s 6-11 month CD APY currently ranks third.
The above rates are accurate as of 8/21/2018.
To look for the best CD rates, both nationwide and state specific, please refer to our CD Rates Table page.