Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

UCU opens campus branch: students ready for convenient banking

The new, open-campus branch of University Credit union is located on the lower level of the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham campus. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week.
Sam Hill
The new, open-campus branch of University Credit union is located on the lower level of the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham campus. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week.

Posted on January 27, 2015 in News
By Sam Hill

Sam Hill

Last week, University Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of an on-campus branch in Gorham, giving residential students a quick and convenient banking location.

“We know that managing your finances can be confusing, so we want to be there for USM’s students, staff and faculty if they need any assistance at all,” said Amy Irish, UCU’s assistant vice president of member development.

The Brooks Student Center has housed an official UCU kiosk for years where members could deposit checks, manage their accounts and withdraw cash, but now a branch with regular business hours will provide students with more assistance if needed.

“Not only are we there to open new accounts, but anyone on campus can come to us to talk about loan applications, computer or car loans, budgeting assistance and loan payments, too,” said Irish.

The one-employee branch will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment during the week and the kiosk will be on and available whenever the student center is open.

Having a credit union on campus means that residential students will no longer have to trudge down to Casco Federal Credit Union on Main Street to access their account.

“Especially in the dead of winter, it can be a pain to leave campus,” said Irish.

“I’ve had late fees charged on my credit card just because I couldn’t bring myself to walk down to the credit union when it was below freezing out,” said junior marketing major Chris Egan.

While they haven’t been in to set-up an account yet, undeclared freshman Melissa Boone and Ashley Shaw said that they planned on looking into it.

“I’ve always been told that credit unions are better places to put your money,” said Shaw. “And since there’s one set-up practically on my way to lunch everyday, I’ll probably stop in.”

The new branch has a table of free UCU items to lure in passersby and Irish says she hopes that the branch will be able to serve more and more of the USM community as time goes on.

“We’ve always had students and staff tell us over the years that we should just open up on campus,” said Irish, noting that UCU has a branch open in Portland just a short walk from campus. “The opportunity presented itself late last year and we’ve been working on it ever since. We’re here to serve the community in any way that we can.”

  • David Orbeton

    I was a member of UCU in Portland but when they closed the branch on Forest Ave on Saturdays, it became inconvenient to do my banking. I changed credit unions. They had another branch way out Brighton Ave, way out of the way. I figured they did not want business from those members who lived in town and in South Portland Falmouth etc. They should relook at their branch schedule in Portland.