A good lesson on the road to growing up
Step Up SavingsTM is only available to families affiliated with our Community Relations Partners. Our Youth Savings account is available to the general public.
Help your kids get in the habit of saving money
Our Step Up SavingsTM account is a unique program that helps accelerate savings and make it more likely for those in our community to access higher education. We’ve designed this account to meet and match deposits over the years and celebrate the beginnings and milestones of a strong educational future for your child.
Here's how it works, Excite Credit Union will deposit:
- $50 in the account at opening. No opening deposit is required from you.
- $25 in the account on the child’s 5th, 10th, 15th and 18th birthdays
- Up to $25 each year in matching deposits*
- Dividends of 5% APY** on balances up to $2,500
Here are the deets:
Youth Savings is the perfect companion to our Youth Checking. And while you’re busy becoming a super-saver, check out Banzai!, a learning platform that will help you get smart on pretty much any money topic you can think of!
Step Up Savings is a special account open to families associated with a community relations partner.
Excite CU will deposit the initial $50 to open the account- no deposit is required from you.
No withdrawals - this account is for savings only.
Excite CU will add $25 on milestone birthdays through your 18th birthday and annual $25 deposit matches.
No membership or monthly fees to earn 5% APY**.
Enjoy online and mobile banking (eStatements required).
Excite (formerly Alliance Federal Credit Union) has a very welcoming/friendly staff always there to help make sure your transactions go smoothly & they will help you with options on how to maximize your money just ask, they’re always there to help.
~ Teresa B.
Not sure which account is best for your needs? We can help.
Contact us and we can run through your needs and the many options we have available.
Partnerships & Schools:
We thank the following community and school partners for stepping up for our children’s future!
Bill Wilson Center
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
Breakthrough Silicon Valley
Sunnyvale Community Services
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Razing the Bar
Silicon Valley Education Foundation
Teen Success, Inc.
Shop with a Cop Silicon Valley
Healthier Kids Foundation
Family Supportive Housing
Parisi House On the Hill
PATH San Jose
Sacred Heart Community Services
Foundation for College Education
Amigos de Guadalupe
Residents in these San Jose school district boundaries:
East Side Union High School District
Luther Burbank School District
Wilmington Housing Authority
YWCA - New Choices
Kids Making It
Community Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington
Brigade Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington
Bobby Jean's Kids
Children and Families impacted by foster care in both regions
In addition to Step Up Savings, Excite members also have access to Youth Savings, and Go Savings, our high yield savings account, as well as money market accounts and additional savings accounts.
Learn more here.
You can! You can set up the transfer online, via fax, or in person at one of our branches.
In addition to automatic transfers and making deposits via our mobile app, you can also make deposits at our cooperating ATMs.
Make your deposit on business days before 3pm, and you’ll have immediate access to the first $500 of the amount you deposited.
*A minimum of $25 must be deposited into the account each year to earn the match. **APY = “Annual Percentage Yield.”
Must be eligible for membership and open a Step Up low-income savings account in order to join Excite Credit Union®️ and obtain any product or service. Only one Step Up Savings Account is allowed per member.
There is no minimum balance required to open a Step Up Savings Account. There is no minimum account balance required to earn the 5% APY, but the maximum account balance to earn this APY is $2,500.
Any account balance over $2500 will earn 0.50% APY. Early closure (prior to age 18) or any withdrawal forfeits all past and future Excite Credit Union deposits, bonuses or matches (except dividends).
Other restrictions may apply. Excite Credit Union reserves the right to alter the account and requirements as needed.