What Makes First Trust Credit Union DIFFERENT?

It begins with our TOP PRIORITY – Service to our Members

First Trust Credit Union Mission:  First in Trust, Trust in Service!

Vision:   To be the preferred financial institution through innovation, financial education, and support for our member/owners, our employees and the communities we serve!

Credit unions have a shared philosophy … Not for Profit, Not for Charity, but for Service.  From the beginning, credit unions sought to keep people economically independent – by helping them learn to save and borrow prudently.  Credit unions are member owned and organized as Not-For-Profit financial institutions with members savings automatically insured for $250,000 by either a private insurer, or by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund.  Organized around a common bond, a credit union typically opens membership to those who work, or live in a defined community and are overseen by a MEMBER-ELECTED, UNPAID board of directors and volunteers.

What does all this mean for you?   You are a member/owner of First Trust Credit Union.  You have a vote in any major decisions that could affect your financial stability.  YOU elect the UNPAID volunteer Board of Directors.  Ultimately, any excess earnings are returned to our members in the form of better loan rates, fewer and lower fees and improved services.  Your savings are also insured by NCUA for $250,000 with an ADDITIONAL $250,000 insured by Excess Share Insurance at NO COST TO YOU.


First Trust Credit Union was originally chartered in 1959 as La Porte County School Employees Federal Credit Union. We then grew to include school staff members, health care providers, and other employee groups in seven Indiana counties. In 2009 we became a state chartered community credit union. Click here for the latest First Trust member news and information!

You are eligible to join First Trust Credit Union if you meet any of the following:

  • You live or work in Indiana’s La Porte, Porter, Jasper, Newton, or Pulaski Counties
  • You work for one of our Community Partners in the above counties as well as Starke and White Counties
  • If you have family that are members of the credit union. Family is defined as:
    • Parents
    • Children
    • Spouse
    • Siblings
    • Grandparent
    • Grandchildren
    • Stepparents
    • Stepchildren
    • Stepsiblings
    • Adoptive Relationships

Contact one of our 4 full-service offices so you can join today, or call 1-800-276-6161.

Patriot Act

To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify and record information that identifies each person who opens an account.

What this means for you: When you open an account, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth, and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see your driver’s license or other identifying documents.