Access Certificate

Like a change jar only better.

Access Certificate 101

A certificate is an earnings-driven savings account, similar to a CD, or Certificate of Deposit, in the traditional banking world. Thanks to a fixed rate, our Access Certificate can earn you a lot with just a little over a 12-month term. Drop in $25 to open and maintain, and up your savings game while keeping access to your money.

Toss in some money and watch it grow.

Put a little something aside — or a big something. That part’s up to you. Either way, you can earn competitive rates on the smallest of deposits. It only takes $25 to open and maintain your Access Certificate, plus you can make additional deposits any time you want. You’ll also get one penalty-free withdrawal, just in case something comes up, and any and all dividends (aka interest) can be withdrawn anytime and used as you please.

What’s to Love


Get a hall pass.

We understand that things don’t always go as planned. Enjoy one penalty-free withdrawal from your 12-month certificate, no questions asked.

Dividends are always fair game.

You earned them, after all. Withdraw your dividends (aka interest) any time, no penalty.

Keep the deposits coming.

Boost your initial investment with an extra deposit, penalty-free, any time. Most traditional certificates don’t allow more than one deposit, but what can we say? We’re not like the rest.

Access Certificate Rates

Term Dividend Rate APY* Minimum Deposit
Term:
12 Months
Dividend Rate:
0.399%
APY*:
0.40%
Minimum Deposit:
$25

Additional deposits allowed during the term, $5 minimum. One penalty-free withdrawal allowed during the term.

Account Benefits

Always in your pocket

On the couch or on the go, keep your money close with our Mobile App and Online Banking.

Where you go, we go

Credit Unions around the world work together to make sure our members can use branches and ATMs everywhere — surcharge-free. Nice, right? Download our CO-OP app and plot your next getaway.

Save more earn more

Money still doesn’t grow on trees, but Fortera savings accounts do collect dividends quarterly. (Dividends are our version of interest, or in other words, free money.)

Goal setting made simple

Our skilled experts are easy to reach and happy to help. For members and non-members alike, meetings and consultations are always free, so make the most of your money, on us.

Rest easy

With us, your money is always protected and insured by the National Credit Union Administration. You’re covered on all deposits up to $250,000, so save away.

Statements that save

....Trees, space, and worry. Always enjoy access to 18 months worth of e-statements. Keep more trees, toss your file cabinet, and know your info is always safe and sound.

Get by with a little help

Or even a lot. Either way, we’re here. Call, text, or chat with our experts anytime you need a friend who knows all things Fortera.

Let's do this

Start small and keep your money growing. Open an Access Certificate today.

Need a hand?

We can help! Call us and let's chat face-to-face.

Does the Access Certificate have any fees?
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The Access Certificate does not have any service or operating fees. Members must maintain a $25 balance in order to keep the account open.

Check out our Rate and Fee Disclosure to learn more.

Who is eligible to open an Access Certificate?
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To be able to open an Access Certificate, you must meet the following eligibility requirements: (1) You must be 18 years of age or older (2) You must live, work, worship, or attend school in Montgomery or Stewart counties in Tennessee or Christian, Trigg or Todd counties in Kentucky.

Can I add additional deposits to the Access Certificate?
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Additional deposits are allowed in this account. Each deposit must be a minimum of $5.

How much does it cost to open an Access Certificate?
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It cost $25 to open an Access Certificate. $25 is the required account minimum balance.

What are dividends and how do they work for the Access Certificate?
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Dividends are extra money that your account earns just by being open and meeting our minimum account dividend earning value. The Access Certificate earns divideneds quarterly as long as your account has at least $25 deposited in it. It is just another way we like to say thank you to our members for trusting us with your heard earned "dough". To learn more about what the current dividened rate is and our other savings accounts that earn dividends, please see our Rate and Fee Disclosure.

Can I open an Access Certificate account online or do I need to open it at a branch location?
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You can open this account online or in-person. The choice is yours.

What is an Access Certificate
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A certificate is an earnings-driven savings account, similar to a CD in the traditional banking world. Each one comes with a variety of options in regards to term length, rate types, and flexibility.

Our Access Certificate has the lowest required opening deposit, allows additional deposits, and a penalty-free withdrawal. It's great for new savers, and kind of a hidden gem.

What documents do I need to open an Access Certificate account?
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To verify your identity, we always ask that you come prepared with a government issued ID. It is important that it is not expired. Examples of acceptable IDs include a State Driver's License or a U.S or Foreign Passport. If we have trouble validating your ID, we may ask for a secondary ID. For children, we have a variety of other documents we can use to verify identities. These include social security cards, birth certificates, medicaid cards, and insurance cards. If you have a question about whether or not an ID can be used, just text us at 931.431.6800.

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What's New

Nitty, gritty, and super important.

Fine print is your friend. When you have a minute, give these a good read:
Member Service Agreement
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Privacy Policy
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Fees and Rates
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