Summer is heating up, and you may be wishing you could send your student loan debt on a permanent vacation! Relax – SRI Federal Credit Union can help you beat the heat when it comes to student loan payments. When you refinance and consolidate your private, federal, and even parent (PLUS) loans into one manageable loan, you’ll get the benefit of one convenient payment and could potentially lower your rate, saving money over the life of your loan!* Grab a refreshing drink and your favorite pool float, and check out these benefits: Refinancing your federal and/or private student loans can be a great way to consolidate payments and potentially save money on interest over time. However, refinancing may not be the best option for everyone. That’s why it’s important to research and discuss your options with an expert you can trust. Don’t let the stress of paying down student loans burn you up – your credit union has a cool solution! Visit srifcu.studentchoice.org to learn more and apply. *Subject to credit qualification and additional criteria, including graduating from an approved school. IMPORTANT NOTICE: By refinancing federal student loans, you may lose certain borrower benefits from your original loans. These may include interest rate discounts, principal rebates, or some cancellation benefits that can significantly reduce the cost of repaying your loans. Please review this important disclosure for more information.
Refinancing your federal and/or private student loans can be a great way to consolidate payments and potentially save money on interest over time. However, refinancing may not be the best option for everyone. That’s why it’s important to research and discuss your options with an expert you can trust.
Don’t let the stress of paying down student loans burn you up – your credit union has a cool solution! Visit srifcu.studentchoice.org to learn more and apply.
*Subject to credit qualification and additional criteria, including graduating from an approved school.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: By refinancing federal student loans, you may lose certain borrower benefits from your original loans. These may include interest rate discounts, principal rebates, or some cancellation benefits that can significantly reduce the cost of repaying your loans. Please review this important disclosure for more information.
Are you juggling multiple costly student loan payments every month? Let us help streamline your debt with our student loan refinance solution! Featuring competitive interest rates (both fixed and variable options) and zero origination fees, our refinance loan can help you take control of your student loan debt. Refinance and consolidate both private and federal student loans, setting up one convenient payment and potentially lowering your rate.
Our student loan refinance option comes with:
- Competitive interest rates – Check them out!
- Loan limit up to $125,000
- Flexible repayment terms to fit your needs
- No origination fees or prepayment penalties
- Easy online application and instant credit decision
- Borrow from a not-for-profit lender you can trust
Whether you want to lower your interest rate, pay your loans off sooner, or reduce your monthly payment, we’ve got options to fit your needs. Don’t delay – take control of your student loan debt today by refinancing with SRI Federal Credit Union!
We have a member who is on a trip of a lifetime! It is one of those riverboat cruise trips in Europe. Actually, it is a “barge and bike” trip where you go from city to city on the barge and then bicycle around the various towns, historic sites, and wineries! 10 days into his two-week vacation the barge sank.
Auto Rental Collision Damage (if he rented a car and it was damaged)
Emergency Evacuation and Transportation (in case of a medical emergency)
Lost Luggage Reimbursement (if the barge is considered a common carrier and if he charged the barge trip on his SRIFCU Visa)
Travel and Emergency Assistance Services
Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption
Trip Delay Reimbursement
Note that all of these extra benefits have various conditions and limitations. You can find all the extra benefit disclosures on our website. One limitation that is common to all these benefits is that you have to have used your SRI Federal Credit Union Visa card (debit or credit) for the initial purchase to qualify for the benefit.
I hope this member charged his trip on his SRIFCU credit card!
P.S. This is also the member that I wrote about in a Hello World story that charged a rental car with his SRIFCU Visa – and then went out and got hit by a deer! He was able to get reimbursement from the auto rental collision damage waiver.
When I heard a member say “I had an encounter with a hot engine,” a lot of disastrous possibilities crossed my mind. First of all, “Was anyone hurt?” Not exactly, but there was an “injury.” So my next question was, “Was it a serious injury?”
No – the injury was actually to our member’s credit card; its run-in with a hot engine caused the card to melt!
While showing this card to various employees, some of the responses included “I knew he used the card a lot, but I’ve never seen one melt due to overuse,” and “You can charge anything on our cards, but they can’t be used to charge a shotgun shell.” Eager to get a new card, the member asked us to “light a fire under the staff’s feet!” No need – we have an instant-issue card machine in the office, and we can print a new one on the spot.
This card was recently rediscovered in a member’s loan file – yes, we do clean them out from time to time. Notice how the above card features the old “floating heads” logo, while our current cards display the new “connected world” logo. Cards are now being issued with computer chips embedded in them as an added layer of security to combat fraudulent transactions. If you would like one of the new chip cards prior to your current card’s expiration date, please let us know; we will be sure to fire one off to you.
If you don’t have an SRI Federal Credit Union debit or credit card yet, give us a call, and we will load them in the card engine, yell “fire in the hole,” and burn one for you. Feel free to let your family know this Thanksgiving that they are eligible for credit union membership, where they can get the hottest card in town!
Thanks for your membership!
Steve Bowles, CEO
SRI Federal Credit Union
There have been a lot of changes behind the scenes at the credit union recently. We have a new chip card machine that instant-issues cards (debit and credit) in our office. Chip cards are also known as EMV (Europay/MasterCard/Visa) cards. They reduce fraud by creating a one-time passcode for every transaction and will also improve acceptance of cards in the United States and abroad.
Rick Valderrama (project lead) has been working very hard with a group of members to beta-test the new cards. The pilot program has a lot of moving parts, including new card designs, new encryption keys, a new server and crypto box, and changes to the method of reordering existing cards. The new cards have been successfully tested on a number of different transaction types. They work great and we will be rolling them out soon to all members. If you are eager to get one, please let us know! They are available now. If you see Rick around, say “thanks” for a great job on this!
Get extra cash in your pocket when you bring your auto loans to the credit union. In October, November and December, receive 1% cash back (up to $500) when you bring your auto loan home to the credit union. In addition, there are no payments required for the first 90 days!
Home loan rates are at an all-time low! If your home loan is not here at the credit union, this might be the chance to reduce your rate and your payments! Feel free to give our loan expert, Apryll Held, a call at 714.513.7251 or 800.200.4889 x7251.
Not only are 30-year fixed-rate loans very low, but the credit union’s 5/5 program is very attractive! The rate is fixed for five years and then changes only once every five years. Regardless of your needs, give us a chance to see if we can refinance your loan over to the credit union. (We have home equity loans, too!)
Shush – Don’t tell anyone! We have a super-secret project to revamp our home banking into a “mobile first” system next year. If you would like to be in on this early, let us know and we will add you to the pilot program team. Again, thanks to all our beta-testers! YOU make us better!