MCU partners with SJU

Ariana Ortiz, Assistant News Editor

Municipal Credit Union (MCU) has now opened membership to St. John’s students across the University’s four New York campuses, solidifying its position as the official credit union of the University community.

The announcement was made at St. John’s men’s basketball game against Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 11, during a presentation by President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, SGI President Chiara Miuccio and MCU Board Chair James Durrah. 

Students who opt into the MCU Squared Student Banking Program will have access to opening a checking and savings account and a Visa credit card, as well as personal and auto loans.

“We encourage all St. John’s students to look at MCU as a low-cost financial alternative to banks and other lending institutions. We are confident that MCU can help them grow into financially responsible and successful young adults and future leaders of our communities,” Durrah said.

The expansion, which was approved by New York State’s Department of Financial Services, is an addition to MCU’s existing relationship with the University.

MCU already serves as the official credit union of St. John’s faculty and staff, including University Athletics. According to an MCU press release, it has been serving St. John’s faculty and staff “for many years,” while its partnership with University Athletics came more recently.

“Like Municipal Credit Union, St. John’s has a long history as a New York City institution, and we are proud to strengthen our relationship with MCU to provide this service to our students,” President Gempesaw said.

MCU, which is headquartered in NYC, is one of the oldest and largest credit unions in the country, according to the same press release.

On its website, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) defines credit unions as not-for-profit financial institutions which “typically offer higher rates on savings, fewer fees, and lower rates on loans.” NCUA estimates about 106.2 million members of federally insured credit unions in the U.S. as of September 2016.