High-Yield Reward Checking Account at Raritan Bay Federal Credit Union in New Jersey

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Accounts mentioned in this post. Rates as of October 1, 2016.

Update 5/6/2011: The top rate is now 3.01% APY for balances up to $10,000. Refer to the bottom of the post for the rate history.

Raritan Bay FCU is offering a rewards checking account that pays 3.01% APY on balances up to $10,000 (0.50% for above) and refunds ATM fees nationwide if the following monthly requirements are met:

  • 10 debit card signature-based purchases
  • one direct deposit or ACH auto debit
  • access online banking
  • receive statements electronically while being enrolled in home banking and online bill pay

If these are not met, the rate falls to 0.10%. There is no minimum balance requirement and no monthly service fee. Multiple accounts can be opened, but requirements must be met for each account. Update 9/19/09: Even though the bank's FAQ says multiple accounts are allowed, a reader has reported that a CSR at the main bank's office has said that only one rewards checking account per SSN is allowed.

Membership is open to those who live, work, worship or attend school in Middlesex County, New Jersey. More eligibility details are provided in the online application (pdf). Membership requires a minimum deposit of $5 in the savings account.

The credit union is located in Sayreville, NJ. It's federally insured by the NCUA (Charter # 4726).

Thanks to the reader who emailed me news of this checking account.

Other Reward Checking Accounts

To find reward checking accounts in other areas of the nation or to learn more about these accounts, please refer to my High Yield Checking website.

Rate History:

  • 05/02/11: 3.01% APY up to $10K; 0.50% over; 10 debit card purchases per month
  • 01/03/11: 2.75% APY
  • 09/01/10: 3.25% APY
  • 03/01/10: 3.50% APY
  • 12/01/09: 4.01% APY up to $20K
  • 03/01/09: 5.01% APY up to $25K; 1.01% over; 0.10% base; 8 debit card purchases per month
Comments
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #1
CSR at main branch says only one rewards checking account per SSN.
jollyjiten
jollyjiten (anonymous)   |     |   Comment #2
The website address for Raritan bay FCU on the NCUA site is different (points to some other credit union).
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #3
Anyone know if this is hard or soft pull?
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #4
soft
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #5
As per the e-mail today (10/28/09, 5:21 PM EST), the rate and cap will drop to 4.01 APY and 20k, respectively. It will be effective December 1, 2009.
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #6
Rates and caps dropping...
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #7
Just got an email from them...rates changing to 4.01% APY starting Dec. 2, 2009...and only up to $20,000 instead of $25K.
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #8
When I signed up for this account earlier this year, the CSR said that The Provident Bank is their main competition. No surprise then, that since Provident dropped their RCA rate from 4% to 3.25% that RBFCU would drop too.
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #9
Per e-mail received today (1/22/10) the APY will drop to 3.50% effective March 1st. All other aspects of the account appear to remain unchanged.
Anonymous
Anonymous   |     |   Comment #10
Rate set to drop to 3.25 starting march