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Money is much more than just credit cards or checking, savings and investment accounts. A true financial partner also provides ways for you to manage your money better through information, tools and support that empowers you to make the most of your financial future. At The Summit, our credit union team has deep expertise in all aspects of financial life — we’ve taken that knowledge and developed these resources to help you, and your money, grow.

Reaching My Summit

Welcome to Reaching My Summit, a new resource designed especially by The Summit Federal Credit Union to help teens, young adults and their parents figure out everything money. And not just boring financial stuff you find on other sites, but real life support based on what’s important to you.

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How to Build Good Credit in College

Going to college is one of the first steps of freedom as you transition from being at home with family to living independently as a young adult. With this transition comes a myriad of decisions to make about your education, housing arrangements, social life and money habits.  Each decision helps to prepare for a future […]

How to Start Building Credit in High School and College

Why is your credit score important? Building and maintaining good credit is a smart step toward financial independence, and the earlier you start, the better. Having a solid credit rating is important for several big financial moves like buying your first car, applying for a loan, being screened for an apartment, and purchasing a home. […]

6 Critical Lessons for Your Teen’s First Credit Card

Starting at age 18, young adults can get their first credit card to start building their credit and working toward financial independence. Before they start using their new card, it is important to make sure they understand the key elements of using and paying with a credit card. Here are six important things your teen needs […]

Destination Summit: Owning Your First Home

If you’re a first-time homebuyer or just need a refresher on the ins-and-outs of home purchasing, this is the place for you. We’ll break down every part of the process, provide helpful tips, and connect you with information to help your home dreams come true. 

Credit Ratings, Pre-Approvals and Offer Letters: Three Pieces of Your Home buying Puzzle

In your new homebuying journey, when you have found “the one,” there’s a three-piece puzzle to put together. The pieces are: a solid credit rating, preapproval for a mortgage loan, and an offer letter to officially bid on the home. Credit Report When considering you for a home mortgage loan, financial institutions will run a […]

Learn Common Home Buying Terminology

Reduce confusion when buying a home with some common terminology Buying a home involves many people working toward the same goal: to get you into your new home. These people will use lingo that you may not be familiar with, so take a look at this quick guide to homebuying lingo that can help you […]

5 Mistakes All First-Time Homebuyers Should Avoid

Every new homebuyer runs into questions and challenges that are hard to predict as they move through this first experience. Check out some of the most common mistakes that first-time homebuyers run into, and how to avoid the same situations in your homebuying journey. Buying more house than you can afford This one may seem […]
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    Calculators

    Use The Summit’s online calculators to help you determine home financing, personal financing and investment scenarios, and plan your financial future.

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    Rates & Fees

    The Summit has some of the most favorable rates and fees anywhere.

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    Financial Resources

    Find forms, answers to some account questions and help in reaching your goals.

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    Financial Education Programs

    At The Summit, we want to help you understand the fundamentals of financial services and money management so you can make positive decisions and handle your finances effectively. We’ve developed unique Financial Education Programs to help you do just that. Check out these presentations for valuable information you can use starting today.

The Summit Blog

Check out The Summit news, tips, and useful articles to help you manage your finances.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Inflation

January 30, 2023

From eggs and milk to utilities, the cost of everyday items is going up. Inflation is encroaching on the family budget. Discussions around the dinner table increasingly include the high cost of everyday things and how to accommodate that within the budget. Kids are observant. It’s likely that they are noticing the fact that their allowance money isn’t going as far as it used to. So how do you explain inflation to your kids and what that means for your family budget?

Set ‘Em and Forget ‘Em: 4 Financial Resolutions You Can Accomplish Now

January 4, 2023

New Year’s resolutions are a mixed bag for many of us. On the one hand: personal betterment! On the other hand: methodical auditing of our refrigerator, checking account, and various vices. On the cusp of a fresh calendar year, we feel compelled to immediately transform our lives, but—as is the case with most good things—change takes time. This is especially true when it comes to financial goals. And in the aftermath of steep holiday spending, our goalposts can feel…far away.   If you want a few financial resolutions that you can achieve early into the new year (because who doesn’t love an easy to-do list??) here are some suggestions. 

Creative Ways to Save in 2023

December 15, 2022

The New Year offers a great opportunity to make resolutions, whether it’s improving your physical or financial wellbeing. It’s a good time to take stock and make plans to save more cash. Here are some helpful tips!