Deal Summary: Kasasa Cash Checking, 6.00% APY on qualifying balances up to $25k.
It’s been several months since I wrote about any competitive nationally-available rewards checking account (RCA). Simply put, in the rate frenzy of the past year, the appeal of RCAs seems to have faded. I originally wrote “interest in RCAs seems to have faded,” but realized that could be read as meaning RCA rates had fallen, which is not the case. While most nationally-available RCAs have maintained their APYs, the Credit Union of New Jersey (CUNJ) Kasasa Cash Checking account has just become the first nationally-available RCA to offer 6.00% APY on qualifying balances up to $25k. (In addition to the recent 249 bps rate hike, the qualifying balance cap was also increased by $10k.) Qualifying balances over $25k earn 0.75% APY, with non-qualifying balances earning a de minimis 0.01%.
|6.00*%||-||$25k||Credit Union Of New Jersey||Kasasa Cash Checking|
|OTHER TIERS: 0.75% → $25k+|
The qualification requirements are fairly standard,
- At least 12 debit card transactions (PIN and/or signature based)
- At least one direct deposit, ACH credit, ACH payment, or Bill Pay transaction
- Be enrolled in eStatements
The Kasasa Cash Checking account has no minimum balance requirement or monthly service fee, but does require a low $5 minimum opening deposit. Nationwide ATM fees will be reimbursed up to $25 per month, if qualifying requirements are met. Unlimited check writing is available and a free debit card will be issued following account opening. There is a limit of one account per member and a Kasasa Cash Checking account may not be used as a commercial account. If the Kasasa Cash account is closed, any rewards that have not been credited to your account will be forfeited. A Kasasa Cash is required to have a linked Kasasa Saver account.
While there are no recurring monthly maintenance charges or fees to open or close a Kasasa Cash Checking account, there are two fees to be aware of:
- $25 Early Account Closing Fee if the account is closed within six months of opening.
- $10 monthly Non-Participation Fee if a membership does not meet the minimum requirements of the Silver Tier of the Relationship Rewards program each month.
Here’s what you need to qualify for the Silver Tier:
- Between 5-19 Debit Card Purchase Transactions last month OR
- Combined balances between $1,000 and $24,999.99 as of the last day of the previous month OR
- New Member within last 90 days
Kasasa Saver Account
CUNJ also offers a Kasasa Saver account, as a companion account to Kasasa Cash and Kasasa Cash Back accounts. Earned rewards and ATM fee reimbursements automatically sweep to this account each month. The Kasasa Saver currently earns 4.00% APY on qualifying balances up to $50k; qualifying balances over $50k earn 0.75% APY, with non-qualifying balances earning 0.01% APY.
|4.00*%||-||$50k||Credit Union Of New Jersey||Kasasa Saver|
|OTHER TIERS: 0.75% → $50k - $150k|
Like the Kasasa Cash account, the Kasasa Saver has no monthly service charge or minimum balance requirement, and can be opened with a $5 minimum deposit. There is a limit of one Kasasa Saver account per membership and it may not be used for commercial purposes. If a Kasasa Saver account is closed, any rewards that have not been credited to your account will be forfeited.
Annual Earnings of Combined Kasasa Cash Checking/Kasasa Saver Accounts
The potential combined annual earnings of a Kasasa Cash account (6.00% APY/$25k) and a Kasasa Saver account (4.00% APY/$50k) is approximately $3,500 (4.66% APY/$75k). The Kasasa Saver 4.00% APY is not competitive when compared to most online savings accounts, and it doesn’t make any sense to deposit any funds other than the automatic sweep of earned rewards and ATM fee reimbursements.
Kasasa Cash Back
The CUNJ Kasasa Cash Back account earns 4.00% cash back on up to $250 in monthly debit card purchases. If you are planning on maintaining a balance of less than $2,100, the Kasasa Cash Back account would probably be a better deal than the Kasasa Cash Checking account, as the maximum annual earnings for the Kasasa Cash Back account is $120 ($10 per month).
The Kasasa Brand
When you spend money with your debit card, it benefits your bank or credit union. They make money with every swipe. There's no reason you shouldn't be earning rewards for you debit card spending the way you do with your credit cards.
In case you were wondering, “Kasasa” is just a made-up word.
In a world where real-life people are too often taken for granted as account numbers,
we didn’t want to be the next [INSERT GENERIC NAME] checking account.
Headquartered in Ewing, New Jersey, Credit Union of New Jersey's field of membership is quite varied, with a way to join for almost any U.S. citizen or resident alien with a valid Social Security number.
Easy Membership – Anyone, regardless of residency or employment status, can join CUNJ by donating $5 to the Credit Union of New Jersey Foundation, “a charitable organization supporting many local non-profits.” Joining the Foundation can be done through the CUNJ online membership application.
SEGs – Employees of more than 200 SEGs also qualify for membership.
Employment – Individuals who work for the State of New Jersey, or a state agency, commission, or authority (excluding Law and Public Safety) are eligible for membership.
Residency – Individuals who live, work, worship, or attend school in Ewing Township qualify for membership, as do residents of the Mercer County designated MSA (metropolitan statistical area).
Relationship – Retirees of the above mentioned organizations and their family members related by blood or marriage (including aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, in-laws), are also eligible to join.
Details about membership eligibility are available on CUNJ’s website, but specific information can only be found on the CUNJ online membership application.
The Share Savings account automatically gives you a “share” of ownership in Credit Union of New Jersey and is required for membership. It only requires $5 to open and maintain the account and you’ll earn competitive quarterly dividends on your deposits.
The Membership Application is also available as a download.
In addition to participating in the CO-OP Shared Branch network, CUNJ also offers its members access to the CO-OP ATM network.
Credit Union Overview
Credit Union of New Jersey has an overall health grade of "C+" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas ratio of 15.10% (above average) based on March 31, 2023 data. In the past year, CUNJ’s total non-brokered deposits decreased by -$19.72 million, a below average annual growth rate of -4.87%. Please refer to our financial overview of Credit Union of New Jersey (NCUA Charter # 65597) for more details.
Credit Union of New Jersey was established in 1943 to serve New Jersey State Highway Department employees and only offered share accounts and personal loans. Credit Union of New Jersey is currently the seventh largest credit union headquartered in New Jersey, with more than 37,000 members and assets in excess of $430 million.
How the Kasasa Cash Checking Compares
When compared to the High Yield Rewards Checking Accounts tracked by DepositAccounts.com that are available nationally available and have maximum qualifying balances of at least $25k, the Credit Union of New Jersey Kansas Cash Checking APY currently ranks first.
|Interest Rate||Account Name||Credit Union/Bank|
|6.00% APY||Kansas Cash Checking ($25k max)||Credit Union of New Jersey|
|4.63% APY||Advantage Checking ($25k max)||Presidential Bank|
|4.50% APY||Boost Interest Checking ($25k max)||Bellco Credit Union|
|4.00% APY||Evergreen Free Rewards Checking ($25k max)||Evergreen Bank Group|
|3.50% APY||Go Green Checking ($25k max)||Jovia Financial Credit Union|
The above rates are accurate as of 9/8/2023.
To search for the best Reward Checking Account rates, both nationwide and state specific, please refer to our High Yield Reward Checking Account Rates Table page.