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Banking for the CCSU Community - 
Students, Staff & Alumni

Why choose a credit union over a traditional bank? Credit unions offer better rates, lower fees and personalized service focused on your needs.  We are your on-campus and online financial resource!

You need the right tools and resources to help you manage your money. 

  • Start with our student budget calculator.
  • Then, pick up a few helpful money management tips in our online articles.
  • And lastly, have some fun watching our short and insightful money management videos.     

Smart Checking Account for Students

Manage your money without any hassles.

Smart Checking accounts are available for CCSU students up to age 24.

To start banking with Achieve Financial, simply open and maintain a $5.00 balance in a Smart (savings) account.  Then a Smart checking account may be opened.


  • No monthly service charge or minimum balance*
  • Overdraft forgiveness**
  • Achieve CCSU Debit Card                                                      
  • Turn your debit card off & on -
    protect against fraud with CardControl     
  • 30,000 surcharge free ATMs nationwide through the CO-OP and SUM networks
  •  Pay Anyone  - send money to a friend using their email or mobile number1
  • Mobile and Online Banking
  • Custom Account Alerts (via email and texts)
  • Mobile Check Deposit
  • Direct deposit available
  • Apple Pay™ for your debit card
  • eStatements and Online Bill Pay
  • External account transfer to another financial institution

*Account holder must maintain a Smart Savings account with a minimum balance of $5.00. **This checking account has no NSF fees and no savings overdraft transfer fees. 1Pay Anyone can be accessed through the Achieve Mobile banking app.  Senders must have an Achieve debit card.  Recipients must have a U.S. based savings, checking, or debit card.  Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. Apple Pay and Touch ID are trademarks of Apple Inc.

Two ways to open a Student Banking Account

You’ll need your driver’s license, Social Security number, home address and a credit or debit card to open a savings account with $5.00.

Open an account online.
Choose CCSU for eligibility.

Open an account at one of our branches:
450 West Main Street, New Britain, CT 06052
752 East Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450

Questions? Call us: 860.828.2790  

On-Campus Banking Services

2  On-Campus Achieve Financial ATMs

  • Located outside the Student Center building (Parking lot side)
  • Outside of Willard-DiLoreto Hall


Students - Need Money from Home?

  • Parents can mail in deposits to Achieve Financial Credit Union P.O. Box 7030, Berlin, CT 06037 (standard holds apply).
  • Parents can wire money to their student’s account for easy cash.
  • Parents can give their student an allowance directly from their paycheck if direct deposit is available from their employer.