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.
Non-ChexSystems & Second Chance Banks in Alaska
We’ve collected a comprehensive list of banks and credit unions that either don’t use ChexSystems or offer a second chance checking account. Check out the list below 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.
With Chime, bad banking history is not an issue. They offer an award-winning financial app, a debit card, and a credit-builder Visa credit card, all with no credit check.
The Chime Spending Account is 100% free and has no monthly fees:
- no overdraft fees
- no monthly maintenance fees
- no foreign transaction fees
- no minimum balance fees
They’ll even spot you up to $200 on debit card purchases with no overdraft fees.
You can also start building your credit with the Chime Credit Builder Visa Credit Card. It’s a secured credit card with no annual fees, no credit checks, and no interest charges.
Chime has over 60,000 fee-free MoneyPass® and Visa® Plus Alliance ATMs. Plus, you can get your paycheck up to 2 days earlier with direct deposit. You can also deposit cash for free at over 8,500 Walgreens.
You can see why Chime is our #1 choice.
You can qualify for an account with MAC Federal 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, 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. 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 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 is to live, work, or worship in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
True North Federal 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 TNFCU 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.