In Review: MIT Federal Credit Union, Lexington, and Cambridge Massachusetts

Updated: Jun 2

“Selected an Excellent Choice Credit Union, MIT FCU is an incredibly well run credit union celebrating 80 years of service in Lexington, Massachusetts."


By: Allan R Kirby

Selected an Excellent Choice Credit Union, MIT FCU is an incredibly well run credit union celebrating 80 years of service in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Name: MIT Federal Credit Union

Location: Lexington

Headquartered: 70 Westview St.

Lexington, MA, 02421-3142

Branches: 2

Year Established: 1940


Review:


Congratulations to MIT Federal Credit Union, celebrating 80 years of great service to its members working Cambridge and Lexington Machatuchses. This is a three-branch credit union that got its start when Frank Conant, the Director of the MIT Graphic Arts Department, and eleven fellow MIT employees got together in the basement of Building 3 to establish the MIT Federal Credit Union branch office in 1940. We made the decision to take a closer look at this credit union after doing research on customer reviews, services offered as well as their commitment to their membership. For example, we found great loan offerings such as the MIT Federal Credit Union's Private Student Loans. These loans are offered to bridge the gap for undergraduate and graduate students and allow them to complete their studies. Additionally in 2020, in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic impact, MITFCU added Personal Payroll Protection (SBA) loans, and a variety of other support options to their product portfolio.


MIT Federal Credit Union currently has close to $642 million in assets, three branches, and nearly 35,722 members, ibanknet.


We fully understand that not everyone will have a great banking experience no matter how good a financial institution is, which means there will be times when customers with specific issues which could result in a bank banking experience for them. However, overall we did not find any problems or concerns based on all the reviews we read on WalletHub, Yelp, indeed, etc. In fact, given this credit union has over 35,000 members with only three branches tells us most are in fact very satisfied with the credit unions' products and services. Additionally along with their loan support for students and their d Personal Payroll Protection (SBA) loans we found other things to like about this credit union. We highlight them below.


Credit Cards


We liked the number of credit card offerings provided by MIT Federal Credit Union. We specifically liked the build your credit, credit cards, which we highlighted below. These types of credit cards are great for either repair or build your credit. All information came directly from MIT Federal CU's website.


Visa Signature® Real Rewards Card

  • Earn 1.5 points monthly for every $1 you spend on eligible net purchases (equal to 1.5% cashback).

  • Reward bonus - $25 value awarded after first purchase, redeemable as a cash deposit, or a statement credit.

Premier Rewards American Express® Card

  • Earn up to 4x on eligible net purchases, 4x on restaurant purchases, 3x on airline purchases, 2x on gas station purchases, and 1x on all other eligible net purchases.

  • $100 cashback after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months.

  • $0 introductory Annual Fee for the first year. After that, $99 Annual Fee.

Cash Rewards American Express® Card

  • Earn up to 3% cashback at gas stations.

  • Also earn up to 2% cashback at supermarkets and 1% on all other eligible net purchases.

  • Reward bonus - $25 value awarded after first purchase, redeemable as a cash deposit, or a statement credit.

Visa® Platinum Card

  • Extended introductory offer.

  • Save on interest and pay down your other credit card balances faster.


Build Your Credit

Secured Visa® Card

  • Excellent opportunity for someone starting a credit history or for someone who has been turned down for a credit card.

  • $35 Annual Fee.

  • Remember, late payments and going over the credit limit may damage your credit history.

Visa Signature® College Real Rewards Card

  • Excellent opportunity for someone starting a credit history.

  • Earn 1.5 points monthly for every $1 you spend on eligible net purchases (equal to 1.5% cashback).

  • Reward bonus - $25 value awarded after first purchase, redeemable as a cash deposit, or a statement credit.


Smart Money Rewards


This was of interest to us while reviewing MIT FCU's products and services. When you use direct deposit with an MIT Federal Credit Union Checking Account, you qualify for Smart Money Rewards that enhances the value of your membership. There are no fees associated with this program, and you can receive the following benefits:


  • Receive a 0.25%** interest rate reduction when you select automatic payments on a new consumer loan, excluding Visa®, Home Equity Loans, and Mortgages.

  • Reimbursement up to $5 in ATM surcharges each month when you use an out-of-network ATM.

  • Replacement of your lost, stolen, or damaged MIT Federal Credit Union ATM, Debit MasterCard®, or Visa® credit card free of charge.

  • Receive free orders of basic, single checks when you contact the credit union.


Giving back to the community


We applaud MIT FCU commitment to helping the communities they serve by providing support for the following organizations:


Cambridge Family & Children's Services, Cambridge Family YMCA, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge Housing Assistance, The Children's Room, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern New England (CCCS), Dana Farber Cancer Institute, The Greater Cambridge Youth Foundation, Inc., The Home for Little Wanderers, The Cambridge Community Foundation for the Kendall Community Group, The Food for Free Committee, Inc., March of Dimes, MIT Community Service Fund, MIT Public Service Center, New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Pine Street Inn.