North Carolina-based Self-Help Credit Union (SHCU) recently added 26 bps and 21 bps, respectively, to its 48-month CD and 60-month CD; both CDs currently earn 4.86% APY. The minimum opening deposit is $500, with no balance cap.
|4.86%||$500||-||Self-Help Credit Union||48 Month IRA (Traditional, Roth)|
|4.86%||$500||-||Self-Help Credit Union||60 Month IRA (Traditional, Roth)|
|4.86%||$500||-||Self-Help Credit Union||48 Month CD|
|4.86%||$500||-||Self-Help Credit Union||60 Month CD|
Both CDs are also available as IRA CDs (Traditional and Roth), earning the same APY with the same deposit requirements.
Early Withdrawal Penalty
As stated in the SHCU Membership Booklet (page 7), the Early Withdrawal Penalty reads as follows:
Terms greater than 12 months - 180 days of interest
CSR confirmed that partial withdrawals are permitted, but any withdrawal made within 180 days of account opening will reduce the principal.
The Account Limitations section of the Membership Booklet implies early withdrawals will be allowed subject to the early withdrawal penalty:
After your account is opened you may make withdrawals subject to the early withdrawal penalties
One of the exceptions to early withdrawal penalties is noteworthy for those interested in IRA Certificates:
where the account is an IRA or Keogh and the owner attains age 59 ½
Headquartered in Durham, North Carolina, Self-Help Credit Union’s field of membership (FOM) includes an easy membership requirement for all U.S. citizens and residents aliens (18 years or older) who have a valid Social Security number or ITIN. Joining the Center for Community Self-Help, an umbrella organization that encompasses all parts of Self-Help, qualifies for SHCU membership.
The last eligibility option on the online membership application states,
I wish to apply for Mission Supportive Membership. You are welcome to join Self-Help Credit Union through membership in its affiliate non-profit, the Center for Community Self-Help (CCSH). You can join CCSH by electing to support its economic development mission and paying a one-time membership fee of $5.
Other ways to join include,
Residency: Individuals who live, work, worship, or attend school in the North Carolina counties of Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Buncombe, Burke, Camden, Caswell, Catawba, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Haywood, Henderson, Hertford, Hyde, Jackson, Lenoir, Lincoln, Madison, Martin, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, New Hanover, Northampton, Orange, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Person, Pitt, Polk, Scotland, Transylvania, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, or Wilson, or Greene County, South Carolina are eligible for membership. Those who live or work in Duval County, Florida also qualify for membership.
Employment/Association: Employees or members of 16 companies/organizations, including Duke University Health Systems and Federal Government agencies in Columbia, South Carolina, are also eligible to join.
Family Relationship: Immediate family members (child, step-child, parent, sibling, spouse) of a current SHCU member or an SHCU employee are welcome to apply.
Joining SHCU and/or opening a CD can be done online or at any of 23 North Carolina branches located in Ashville (2), Charlotte (2), Durham (3), Greensboro, Hendersonville, Kinston, Laurinburg, Lexington, Maiden, Morganton, Old Fort, Pisgah Forest, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Rosman, Salisbury, Wilmington, Wilson, and Windsor.
There are also six South Carolina branches in Columbia (2), Greenville (3), and Piedmont; eight Florida branches in Apopka, DeLand, Jacksonville (3), Miami Springs, Tallahassee, Winter Park; and single Virgina branch in Galax.
As stated in the Join Us FAQs,
Located in CA, IL, or WI? Our sister credit union, Self-Help Federal CU (SHFCU), has branches in your area.
A minimum $5 deposit in a Savings Account establishes an SHCU membership.
Funding and Other Details
The following information is from a conversation with CSR.
- Funding – ACH, shared branch transaction.
- Ownership – Individual, joint, or trust.
- CO-OP Shared Branch Participant – Yes.
- Dividends – Compounded daily/credited quarterly, can be withdrawn penalty-free.
- Maturing Funds –ACH, cashier’s check to the address on file, or internal transfer to a SHCU savings account.
- Beneficiaries – Unlimited and percentages can be assigned. Social Security number is required.
- Grace Period – 10 calendar days before automatic renewal.
- Credit Check – Soft pull.
Credit Union Overview
Self-Help Credit Union has an overall health grade of "A" at DepositAccounts.com, with a Texas Ratio of 8.33% (excellent) based on June 30, 2023 data. In the past year, Self-Help CU has increased its total non-brokered deposits by $67.9 million, an excellent annual growth rate of 5.79%. Please refer to our financial overview of Self-Help Credit Union (NCUA Charter # 66258) for more details.
Chartered in 1938, Self-Help Credit Union was established to help employees in rural North Carolina form worker-owned cooperatives and gain ownership of local mills that were being shut down. The first capital raised was $77 – the proceeds of a bake sale organized by a baker whom Self-Help CU has assisted. The first "office" was co-founder Martin Eakes’ VW Bug, which unfortunately caught fire; both the car and Self-Help CU’s records were a complete loss. 85 years later, Self-Help CU has more than 90,000 members, assets in excess of $1.7 billion, and a sister credit union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, with branches in southern California, Chicago, Milwaukee (WI), and central Washington State.
How the 48-Month CD Compares
When compared to similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that are available nationwide and have minimum deposit requirements of $10k or less, one bank and one credit union have higher rates than currently offered on the Self-Help Credit Union 48-month CD. The following table compares the 48-month CD to the two highest-rate CDs from other credit unions and the two highest-rate CDs from banks.
|APY||CD Term (Early Withdrawal Penalty)||Credit Union/Bank|
|5.20%||48-Month Online CD (EWP=180 days)||BMO Alto|
|5.00%||50-Month Promo Share Certificate (EWP=180 days)||Chartway Federal Credit Union|
|4.86%||48-Month CD (EWP=180 days)||Self-Help Credit Union|
|4.85%||36-47 Month CD (EWP=360 days)||First National Bank of America|
|4.81%||48-Month Share Certificate (EWP=360 days)||United States Senate Federal Credit Union|
How the 60-Month CD Compares
When compared to similar length-of-term CDs tracked by DepositAccounts.com that are available nationally and have minimum deposit requirements of $10k or less, two banks and one credit union have higher rates than currently offered on the Self-Help Credit Union 60-month CD. The following tables compares the 60-month CD to the two highest-rate CDs from other credit unions and the two highest-rate CDs from banks.
|APY||CD Term (Early Withdrawal Penalty)||Credit Union/Bank|
|5.25%||60-Month Online CD (EWP=180 days)||BMO Alto|
|5.19%||5-Year Regular Certificate (EWP=365 days)||Advancial|
|4.90%||60-Month MYSB Direct Online CD (EWP=all earned interest)||M.Y. Safra Bank|
|4.86%||60-Month CD (EWP=180 days)||Self-Help Credit Union|
|4.86%||60-Month Share Certificate (EWP=360 days)||United States Senate Federal Credit Union|
The above information and rates are accurate as of 11/7/2023.
To look for the best CD rates, both nationwide and state specific, please refer to our CD Rates Table page.