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Discover Banking with Heart

Since 1940, we’ve been proudly served the National Institutes of Health workforce, and a long list of NIHFCU@Work partners, primarily in the healthcare community.  Today, we continue to provide banking solutions to these organizations, and anyone else who wishes to experience “Banking with Heart.”

Almost anyone can join NIHFCU and it’s easy to get started! Check your eligibility below and then use the Get Started button to begin your online application.

Note: To open a business account with us, please complete the attached form and a business account specialist will respond swiftly.

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Membership Eligibility

There are four ways to qualify for NIHFCU membership. 1

  • Your National Institutes of Health4  affiliation (employee, contractor, fellow, volunteer)

  • You are an employee, member or student of one of our many member organizations 4

>>> See a list. NIHFCU@Work Partners 4

  • Your family relation with a current NIHFCU member (child, sibling, parent, grandchild, grandparent, or share household responsibility)

  • Or, none of the above? we’ll open a free membership for you to the American Consumer Council, a non-profit Consumer Education organization. It requires no work on your part and qualifies you for NIHFCU membership immediately .

Now that you’ve determined your eligibility, let’s get started. We recommend our secure online membership application. 2,3 You can also visit an NIHFCU branch, or mail us your application.

Be sure to have your Social Security or Taxpayer Identification Number, proof of eligibility, and your government-issued photo ID (i.e. Driver’s license, passport, etc.) as you will need them during the process.

Note: To open a business account, please complete the attached form and an account specialist will respond swiftly.

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Financial wellness begins and ends with the facts. Here’s what you need to know!

1 The NIHFCU will deposit the initial $1 required to establish your new membership.  You will have the opportunity to make additional deposits upon becoming a member.

2 You must be at least age 18 for an individual membership. If you are under age 18, a parent or guardian must be a joint owner with you on the account and be an NIHFCU member.

3 For the security of your account and the Credit Union, all new accounts are verified through Deluxe Detect and are subject to the requirements of the Patriot Act. To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens an account. What this means for you: When you open an account, we will ask for your name, street address, date of birth, tax identification number and other information that will identify you. We may ask to see your driver’s license and/or other identifying documents.4 This option requires proof of affiliation (work ID, pay stub, etc.).