Who We Are. What We Do.
USE Credit Union is a different kind of financial institution. We provide all the services you might expect from a bank, but we’re not a bank. You won’t find customers here, but you’ll find members who value being treated like they own the place (because they do). We’re a modern-day financial cooperative whose members - mostly California university and state employees – have come together to enjoy a more rewarding experience. We place people before profit and offer financial solutions for the way you live including anytime, anywhere access…flexible account options…fair rates…quality service…smart investments and advice…and more.
Give us a try. We think you’ll find that when it comes to banking, it’s better here!
We’re “Better Together”
Sure, we're proud of the fact that more than 45,000 members look to USE Credit Union as a trusted financial partner. But “strength in numbers” is never our sole focus. USE Credit Union is about helping each of our members get to a good place with their finances, while improving the place we call home.
What We Care About
At USE Credit Union, we believe in these core values:
To lead in service, quality and member-value as your trusted financial partner.
USE Credit Union’s employees and volunteers are often described as entrepreneurial, imaginative, accountable, acting with integrity, playful and humorous.
Where We Began. Where We’re Going.
USE Credit Union was established in 1936 as California State Credit Union #17, with the primary goal of helping employees of the San Diego branch of the Division of Highways. In the 1970s, the Credit Union became known as University & State Employees Credit Union, reflecting USE's expanded legacy of serving the financial needs of university and state employees. And in 1999, when our charter expanded again to include members of the community at large, we began using the shortened "USE" acronym in most of our business dealings. Today, USE Credit Union (headquartered in San Diego, California) is among the top 50 in asset size of more than 400 credit unions in the state.
Who Can Join
You are eligible to join us if you live, work, or worship in the California counties of Alameda, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Clara, or Yolo. You are also eligible for membership if you fall within one of the following groups at the time you join the Credit Union:
If you’re already a member, we thank you. Your membership is very important to us. If you’re not yet a member, we invite you to take the next step to membership.