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ABA encourages banks of all sizes to take part in this industry-wide financial inclusion initiative
Bank On is expanding banking access to 36 million Americans.SEE THE DATA BY STATE
See how Bank On accounts help expand access to millions of Americans and create an opportunity for banks to reach new customers.View the Infographic
The vast majority of consumers in the country have a bank account and enjoy the safety, security and benefits that come with it. But there are still some who remain outside the banking system. For those individuals, access to a simple transaction account can be a first step toward long-term financial security.
As part of ABA’s commitment to reduce the number of unbanked people in the country, we are encouraging all banks to join the Bank On movement by offering low-cost, basic accounts that meet the Bank On initiative’s National Account Standards. By taking this step, your bank will demonstrate your commitment to financial inclusion, while also adding new customers in the process.
Bank On connects consumers to safe and affordable bank accounts. The Bank On national platform, led by the nonprofit Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund), helps individuals navigate the marketplace and easily identify accounts that meet their needs. When an account is Bank On certified, consumers know it has features they are looking for, including low or no fees, no overdraft charges, online bill pay and other basic attributes—giving them more confidence to begin or restart their banking relationship with the right tools to manage their money.
Across the country, Bank On coalitions help match consumers with financial institutions in their community that offer the “certified” accounts. To date, 98 state or city coalitions work to connect residents to the 41,000+ financial institution branch locations in the U.S. that currently offer a Bank On-certified account.
With more than 300 financial institutions now offering certified accounts, the Bank On movement is accelerating. Many of these institutions already had qualifying accounts and were able to apply, at no cost, for a Bank On certification through the CFE Fund. For those banks that don’t currently offer accounts that meet every Bank On standard, the industry’s top core providers, who provide the operational backbone for many banks, have committed to simplifying the process for banks to create and offer qualifying accounts.
Help move the needle on economic inequality by joining the growing list of banks that offer Bank On certified accounts. To sign up, visit joinbankon.org/certify.
Visit Bank On ABA members offering certified accounts
The Bank On National Account Standards were created by national nonprofit organization the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund—or CFE Fund—and are widely supported by consumer advocates and the financial services industry.
Learn how to talk to consumers about the benefits of Bank On accounts with this new, free online course available to all banks.View the Course
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