Certificates

PSECU offers its members a safe and easy way to invest their money. Whether you are looking for a short or long-term investment, PSECU has a Certificate that will work toward helping you reach your financial goals. All you need to do is select the product and term that works for you. 
Personal Certificates is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 42.
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Earn generous rates *

Terms from 3 to 60 months

Open with as little as $500

* APY = Average percentage yield. Rate listed is for a 60-month certificate.

What is a Certificate?

A credit union certificate is the equivalent of a Certificate of Deposit (CD). It’s a smart option if you don’t need instant access to your money and want to earn higher dividends (interest) on your money than you can with a savings account. 
 
You’ll accrue dividends for a set period of time, or “term.” When your term is up, you can withdraw your money and earnings. Otherwise, you can renew your certificate at current rates. 
 
Other benefits of opening a certificate at PSECU include:
  • Flexible terms: Choose from terms of 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, and 60 months.1
  • No fees: We never charge monthly maintenance fees for your certificate.
  • Guaranteed safety: Your certificates are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) up to a $250,000.2  
  • Competitive rates: Dividend rates3 are guaranteed and locked in for the term of your certificate.
  • Daily growth: Your money grows faster, accelerated by daily compounded dividends. 
  • Earnings you can count on: A certificate’s guaranteed rate of return makes it easier to estimate your money’s growth. 

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Rates for Certificates and IRAs

Valid as of 11/14/2018 12:36 PM EST
Description APY* Rate
3 months 1.00% 1.00%
6 months 1.25% 1.24%
9 months 1.50% 1.49%
12 months 1.75% 1.74%
18 months 2.00% 1.98%
24 months 2.25% 2.23%
36 months 2.50% 2.47%
48 months 2.75% 2.72%
60 months 3.00% 2.96%

*APY denotes Annual Percentage Yield

Rates and information are subject to change at any time. Recurring deposits may be made into the certificate through automatic transfers (ATS) only. You may set up recurring deposits through ATS within 30 days after the certificate is purchased. Deposits can be stopped or reduced at any time. This rate will be paid until the certificate matures. Your certificate will automatically renew at the rate in effect at the time of maturity unless we are contacted on or before the maturity date. Upon renewal, the term will be the same as the original term. You have ten calendar days after maturity to redeem your certificate without penalty if you do not want to renew. If the member has not contacted PSECU by the maturity date, the certificate will renew for the rate in effect on the date of maturity and for the same term as the original term. A penalty will be imposed for early withdrawal. A minimum daily balance of $500 must be maintained in order to earn the disclosed APY.

This content provided is for informational purposes only. Nothing stated is to be construed as financial or legal advice. PSECU recommends that you seek the advice of a qualified financial, tax, legal or other professional if you have questions.

Extra discounts and perks

As a PSECU member, you qualify for special savings on credit score service, tax prep, computers, and more.

Learn more about PSECU discounts and perks
The PSECU Difference

We’re member-owned. We partner with you to keep our fees low and reward you with higher dividends. 

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Flexible savings options

Need easier access to your money? Open a dividend-earning savings account.

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FAQs: Certificates

It’s easy! If you’re already a PSECU member, log into online banking and choose “Open a Certificate” on your “Balances” page. If you’re new to PSECU, choose “Open Account.” We’ll guide you through the quick and easy process of joining us and opening an account. After that, you’ll be able to easily transfer funds into a certificate.
Nope! That’s one of the main benefits of banking with us. We don’t charge any opening or maintenance fees on most accounts, including certificates.

Just $500, no matter which term you choose (from 3 to 60 months).

When you open your certificate, you can set up automatic transfers. You can decrease or cancel automatic transfers during the certificate term, but you can’t increase the amount of the money you transfer to your account. You have a 10-day grace period after your certificate matures to add money to it or transfer your balance to another account. After the 10 days, we’ll automatically renew your balance into another certificate of the same term unless you choose otherwise.
Yes, you can, but you’ll pay an early withdrawal penalty. The minimum withdrawal amount is $100. 

If you withdraw money early from a 3 to 24 month certificate, you’ll lose 90 days’ worth of earnings on the principal amount you withdraw, whether or not the certificate has earned an initial dividend. If you withdraw money early from a 36 to 60 month certificate, you’ll lose 180 days’ worth of earnings on the withdrawn principal amount, whether or not the certificate has earned an initial dividend. Penalties are deducted from the certificate value and calculated at the certificate’s annual dividend rate.

Also keep in mind that if your withdrawal plus the penalty takes the certificate below the required minimum $500 balance, we’ll be required to close your certificate and the penalty will be calculated on the entire balance. All certificate penalty withdrawals must be made in writing.
Yes. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) federally insures your certificate up to $250,000. That’s the maximum insurable amount allowed by law. In addition to the $250,000 of insurance provided on your individual account or combination of individual accounts, you are also insured up to $250,000 for any combination of accounts (including certificates) you own jointly with other individuals.
We’ll notify you before your certificate matures, meaning that its term is ending. You have a 10-day grace period after your certificate matures to add money to it or transfer the balance to another account. After the 10 days, we’ll automatically renew your balance into another certificate of the same term unless you tell us otherwise.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Safe Way to Save Money! I prefer CD's as a safe way to save money. I'm a conservative investor, and this guarantees my money will be there when I need it.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing service The ease of use. And hiw nice the people are here at PSECU
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Product/Good Rates The rates offered are better than any other institution we looked at. The process of purchasing the CD was very easy and all staff I spoke to were friendly and very helpful.
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent tool! This is a great way to keep, and grow a cash emergency fund.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Personal Certificates This product is good as it offers competitive rates.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super easy I appreciate the ease of setting up the certificate on line. Everything is right there at my fingertips.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from CDs Very easy to procure. Not the best rates, but easy.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to save A good way to put some money away for the future and get some extra interest plus it's a safe investment.
Date published: 2018-04-29
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1If you withdraw your money early, you’ll be charged a fee (early-withdrawal penalty). If you withdraw money early from a 3- to 24-month certificate, you’ll lose 90 days’ worth of earnings on the principal amount you withdraw, whether or not the certificate has earned an initial dividend. If you withdraw money early from a 36- to 60-month certificate, you’ll lose 180 days’ worth of earnings on the principal amount you withdraw, whether or not the certificate has earned an initial dividend. These penalties are deducted from the certificate value and calculated at the certificate’s annual dividend rate.

If your withdrawal plus penalty takes the certificate below the required minimum $500 balance, your certificate will be closed and the penalty will be calculated on the entire balance. All certificate penalty withdrawals must be made in writing.

2PSECU Share Certificates are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) up to a $250,000 for any certificate set up under the same ownership. This is the maximum amount allowed by law.

3Rates are declared weekly and fixed for the term of the certificate. For current rates, see Our Rates.