About Us - Our CUA Story
Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Credit Union of America was officially chartered on March 6, 1935 as the “Wichita City Teachers Credit Union”. In 1974 our name was changed to Credit Union of America and our membership was opened from serving only educators to being able to serve residents and workers in a multi-county Kansas area. If you are interested in joining CUA, click here for membership details, or call us if you have questions, at 316.265.3272, toll-free at 1.800.256.8049.
Like other credit unions, CUA is a financial cooperative where members own a share of the organization and have a vote in the appointment of our volunteer Board of Directors and Supervisory committee. This structure of membership allows our account owners to be more involved in the direction and leadership of CUA. Unlike a bank, where dividends are paid only to the stockholders, CUA’s dividends are paid back to the entire membership in the form of lower loan rates and higher dividend rates on deposit accounts. To utilize CUA services, a share/savings account is required, with a minimum balance of $25 for adult accounts. Youth share accounts can be established with as little as $5.
CUA still focuses on serving educators in numerous school districts: Wichita, Derby, Haysville, Andover, Anthony-Harper, Maize, Goddard, and Great Bend just to name a few. And with that focus we have special programs for educators including guaranteed teacher loans and classroom grants. We also focus on healthcare workers, specifically serving employees of the Via Christi Health System and Central Kansas Medical Center, among others. Our healthcare specific services include continuing education scholarships and guaranteed healthcare worker loans. No matter where you work, we’re certain to have affordable financial services to help you meet your goals and budget.