Looking for a checking account in Alaska but can’t get approved? You may be looking in the wrong places. Even if you have one or more records in ChexSystems that’s getting in the way of your banking, some financial institutions are still willing to work with you. The trick is finding the right one.
Luckily, we’ve done the hard part for you and have collected a comprehensive list of banks and credit unions that either don’t use ChexSystems or offer some type of second chance checking account. Keep reading to find a bank in Alaska that works with your financial history so you can start moving forward and managing your money in an easy, convenient way.
Chime Bank lets you manage your account entirely on their mobile platform, so you can bank no matter where you live in Alaska. The checking account has no monthly fee or minimum balance required. You also get ongoing alerts through your phone telling you when a transaction has been made with your debit card and what your current daily balance is. Plus, if you sign up for direct deposit, you can get access to your funds two days sooner than usual.
It’s also easy to save with Chime Bank. Open a free savings account and link it to your checking to utilize the automatic savings round up program. There are thousands of in-network ATMs you can use across the U.S. and if you need a paper check, Chime will create one and mail it for you for free.
You can qualify for an account with MAC Federal Credit Union even with a ChexSystems record. However, everything must be paid and you can’t have any fraud on your report. For an easy to access account, try eChecking, which comes with no minimum balance. You also get online banking, mobile app access, and bill pay. Plus, you can earn 2.00% APY on balances up to $10,000.
To become a member of MAC Federal Credit Union, you’ll need to live, work, worship, attend school, or use services the Fairbanks-North Star Borough. There are two branch locations, one in Ft. Wainwright and one on 10th Avenue.
As long as your ChexSystems record is paid and you don’t have any instances of fraud reported, you could qualify for an account with Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union. Their share draft checking account requires a $25 minimum balance but has no monthly fee.
Alaska branch locations are in Palmer, Big Lake, Eagle River, Wasilla, Sunshine, and Willow. You can open an account by simply visiting a branch and showing a valid ID. To be eligible, you just need to live, work worship, or attend school in Alaska.
Northrim Bank is a non-ChexSystems bank that will likely qualify you for a checking account. There are several account options, including Simple, Direct, Power, and President’s Club. The Simple Checking account comes with no monthly fee, but you do need a $100 opening deposit. If you want to enroll in bill pay, you do have to pay a $5.95 monthly fee. On the plus side, you can request up to $10 of ATM fee reimbursement each month.
There are several Northrim Bank locations in Alaska. Branches are throughout Anchorage, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Soldotna, and Wasilla.
You can qualify for a savings account with Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union as long as everything in your ChexSystems record is paid and no fraud is reported. You could also potentially get approved for a checking account if you receive approval from a branch supervisor, so it pays to go into a branch and apply in person.
The Simple Checking account comes with no minimum balance, but if you keep a $250 balance, you can get the $5 monthly fee waived. Most account holders are eligible for a debit card and overdraft protection, as well as unlimited checks. The easiest way to obtain membership at Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union is to live, work, or worship in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
True North Federal Credit Union offers a second chance checking account called True Options Checking. It’s designed to help you get your checking history back on track. There’s a $10 monthly fee and you could get approved for a MasterCard debit card to use with your account.
To find a True North Federal Credit Union branch, you’ll need to visit either Anchorage or Juneau.
Opportunity Checking is another second chance account available from Wells Fargo, a national bank with a large footprint in Alaska. The account requires a $25 opening deposit, but has no minimum balance after that. You get mobile and online banking, a debit card, checks, and bill pay with Opportunity Checking.
There is a $10 monthly fee but here’s how you can get that waived each month:
- Use your debit card 10 times, OR
- Enroll in direct deposit with at least $500, OR
- Keep a daily balance of $1,500.
If you meet just one of those requirements, Opportunity Checking essentially becomes a free second chance account with which you can rebuild your checking history.