frequently asked questions about overdraft fees

Frequently asked questions

An overdraft occurs when you do not have enough money in your account to cover a transaction (“Insufficient Balance”), but we authorize or pay it anyway.

There are a variety of ways transactions can cause your account to be overdrawn, including but not limited to:

  • payment of checks, electronic fund transfers, or other withdrawals
  • your previously authorized payments (including monthly bills like Netflix or your gym membership)
  • bank service charges
  • point of sale transactions resulting from the use of your debit card when you purchase or return items (“Debit Card Authorizations”)
  • return of unpaid items deposited by you
  • hold on funds that you deposit with us, according to our Funds Availability Policy, which are treated as not yet available or finally paid

The best way to avoid these situations is to keep track of what you are spending. Balance your transactions against your online account activity to determine what has been presented for payment and what has not. Know what transactions are outstanding that do not appear in online banking. While not a substitute for keeping your own record of your spending, our online and mobile banking options are designed to make staying on top of your account balances easier.1

You will be charged a $35.00 fee for each transaction that we must pay on your behalf, or for each transaction that the bank returns as unpaid.

Your account may be assessed a $20 overdraft notification fee for each notice that we send out when your account remains overdrawn for 5 consecutive business days. The bank may assess up to four overdraft and insufficient fund fees per day.

As a courtesy we may, with discretion, pay transactions on your behalf even when you don’t currently have enough money in your account to cover them. You may elect to opt out of this program at any time.

We have an automated system that determines whether an overdraft transaction will be paid or not. In making these decisions we consider factors that include things like the length of your relationship with us, the frequency of your deposits, and your overdraft history. Since these factors can change over time, you should not rely on the bank to pay or to not pay transactions just because we have in the past.

You may elect to not be part of our Courtesy Cash Program at any time. Please visit your local banking center or contact our Client First Center at 877.322.9530.

While you can elect for the Bank not to pay for these items, please keep in mind that overdraft and unpaid items may result in fees. Please refer to Terms and Conditions of Your Account for further information.

The order in which items are permanently paid from your account is important if you have an Insufficient Balance. The payment order can affect the number of overdrafts or items returned unpaid and the amount of the fees you may be assessed. To assist you in managing your account, we are providing you with the following information regarding how we pay items presented for permanent payment.

*Our policy is to pay items being presented for permanent payment in the following order:

  1. Wire transfers – in low to high dollar amount order on the day presented for permanent payment
  2. ATM transactions – in low to high dollar amount order on the day presented for permanent payment
  3. Debit Card transactions authorized with a PIN (appears as “DBT CRD” on your statement) or a person-to-person payment – in low to high dollar amount order on the day presented for permanent payment
  4. Debit Card transactions authorized as a credit transaction (appears as “POS DEB” on your statement) – in low to high dollar amount order on the day presented for permanent payment
  5. Recurring Debit Card transactions – in low to high dollar amount order on the day presented for permanent payment
  6. Electronic Fund Transfers – in low to high dollar amount on the day presented for permanent payment
  7. Checks paid at the teller window or to an FFB loan – in check number order on the day presented for permanent payment
  8. ACH transactions – in low to high dollar amount order on the day presented for permanent payment
  9. All other checks – in check number order on the day presented for permanent payment
  10. If a check, item or transaction is presented for permanent payment against an Insufficient Balance in your account, we may, at our discretion, pay the item(s) creating an overdraft. In returning item(s) presented for permanent payment for insufficient funds (NSF), we attempt to return in the reverse order of our payment order of items listed above. Exclusions to this return order may include but are not limited to ATM transactions and debit card transactions which are considered non-returnable as authorization was given at the time of the provisional transaction. The amounts of the overdraft and NSF fees are disclosed elsewhere, as are your rights to opt in to overdraft services to ATM and everyday debit card transactions, if applicable. We encourage you to keep accurate records and practice good account management. This will help you to avoid creating overdrafts and potentially incurring the resulting fees.

     

*Note: Items that are provisionally presented as a debit to your account may not be presented for permanent payment in the same order as provisionally presented.

Once an overdraft occurs, fees will immediately apply. Overdrawn balances are due immediately, so it is important to make a deposit to cover any overdraft as soon as possible to avoid any future charges.

Yes, we offer Dynamic Transfer, a service that transfers money from another checking, savings, or money market account to cover overdrafts in your checking account. We also offer Ready Reserve, a personal line of credit that can be used to cover overdrafts.1 Fees apply to Ready Reserve, but they are typically less than an overdraft fee. Associates at your local banking center can help you set up Dynamic Transfer, apply for Ready Reserve, and answer any other questions you may have.

Relevant topics


1 Subject to credit review and approval.

leaving bankatfirst.com

You are about to go to a different website or app. The privacy and security policies of this site may be different than ours. We do not control and are not responsible for the content, products or services.