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Congratulations to the winners of a 2022 Star One scholarship!

The winners were evaluated on academic performance, community/extra-curricular involvement and a personal essay. Each received $5,000 towards college expenses for the fall.

Meet the scholarship winners!


Planning for Money Milestones—a free webinar

There are many important financial milestones for consumers in their 20s and 30s. To help prepare today's "Millennials" for a positive financial future—without sacrificing fun—we take a realistic approach to managing finances. We'll cover SMART goals, getting financially organized, building a budget, controlling expenses, wiping out debt, and much more!

Thursday, July 14, 5:30 PM–6:30 PM PT
Register now for "Planning for Money Milestones."


Read our Summer Newsletter!

Our latest newsletter is now online.


Election of Directors and Supervisory Committee Members

Star One seeks nominations for three members on the Board of Directors and two on the Supervisory Committee. Learn more about the nomination process.


Triple Your Rewards for Gas!

Get 4.5% cash back with your Visa Signature Rewards card (3% for Visa Platinum Rewards) when you purchase gas, through July 31.

Learn more about Star One's Low-Interest-Rate Credit Cards.


Living Trusts and Estate Planning—a free webinar

Learn about estate planning and other helpful ways to prepare for the future. Star One's Beneficiary Retiree Services team will be on hand with guest speaker Natalie Spiwak, Estate Planning Representative with Affinity Trusts, to answer general questions and show how the Credit Union can help you with your Estate Planning needs.

Wednesday, July 20, 5:00–6:15 PM PT
Register now for "Living Trusts and Estate Planning."


Star One Credit Union's 65th Annual Meeting

Watch the video recording of Star One Credit Union's 65th Annual Meeting, Thursday, February 24, 2022.


Home Buying: two free webinars

If you missed our recent Home Buying Webinars, you can now view the recordings of them online!

Part 1—Loan and Financing

Join us as we discuss the home buying journey and dive into the mortgage financing process. View "Home Buying Webinar Part 1".

Part 2—Home Buying Process

Understand the home buying process from start to finish to help you navigate today's market and eliminate surprises. View "Home Buying Webinar Part 2".


The California COVID-19 Rent Relief program can help

The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program provides financial assistance for rent and utilities to income-eligible California renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19—both for past-due and future payments. Both renters and landlords can apply for assistance.

Learn more about CA COVID-19 Rent Relief.


1031 Exchange—a free webinar

If you missed our recent 1031 Exchange Webinar, you can now view the recording of it online.

Tax-deferred exchanges are an increasingly popular wealth-building tool for Real Estate Investors. Exchanges are also an important tool to help improve your Real Estate Investments. The workshop will cover the basics of exchange steps, benefits to an investor, financial security, converting an investment property to a primary residence, reverse exchanges and more!

View the 1031 Exchange Webinar.


eight years in a row! Star One ranked #1 by CUNA

Once again, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) honored Star One with the Benefits of Membership Award for providing the highest direct financial benefits to its members.

CUNA estimated that Star One provides $82,569,368 in direct financial benefits to its members during the twelve months ending December 2021. These benefits are equivalent to $1,507 per member household. CUNA also added, since these benefits are calculated as averages, loyal members who use the credit union extensively often receive total financial benefits that are much greater than these averages.

Download the complete Star One Membership Benefits Report.


Star One in pilot program for FedNow Service

Star One will be a leader in the industry's charge to provide its members with instant payments services that deliver control, convenience and certainty by participating in a pilot program for the Federal Reserve's upcoming instant payments offering, the FedNow℠ Service.

"We are proud that we'll help the Federal Reserve develop its first major new payment system in four decades," said Kathy Sullivan, VP Deposit Services.

Learn more about Star One in the FedNow℠ Service pilot program


Star One's Mortgage Rate Modification Program Highlighted by Wall Street Journal

Star One has been helping members save money for over 20 years through a unique mortgage rate modification program that can easily lower the interest rate on a mortgage loan when interest rates drop.

A recent Wall Street Journal article discusses mortgage loan modification programs at several financial institutions—including the program available to all Star One members for a low fee.

Read the complete Wall Street Journal article.


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Star One ranked #1 by the Credit Union National Association eight years in a row

Once again, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) honored Star One with the Benefits of Membership Award for providing the highest direct financial benefits to its members.

CUNA estimated that Star One provides $82,569,368 in direct financial benefits to its members during the twelve months ending December 2021. These benefits are equivalent to $1,507 per member household. CUNA also added, since these benefits are calculated as averages, loyal members who use the credit union extensively often receive total financial benefits that are much greater than these averages.

Download the complete Star One Membership Benefits Report.

Learn more about what makes Star One one of the best credit unions.

Through consistent hard work and persistent focus on helping members and the communities we serve, Star One has received many prestigious awards over the years. Check out our Awards and recognition page.

Our awards range from financial safety and soundness to community involvement. By providing sound financial services that improve the lives of our members, working to be a strong corporate citizen and contributing to local organizations, Star One is helping to make Santa Clara County a better place to live, work and play.

Forbes listed Star One as one of the Top Credit Union

Forbes published their first Best Banks and Credit Unions in Every State list and included Star One as one of the top credit unions.

The list recognized 145 of the 5,750 credit unions in the United States for member satisfaction, willingness to recommend, trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services and financial advice. The list is based on opinion surveys of 25,000 members/customers on their current and former banking relationships.

Bankrate recognized Star One as the 9th Best Credit Union

In January 2022, Bankrate published a report that listed Star One as the 9th Best Credit Union in the U.S. (and the 1st in California).

Since 1976, Bankrate has analyzed and scored U.S. credit unions based on a variety of factors, including product selection, interest rate offerings, account fees, mobile and online features and more.

Additional information is available on the Bankrate.com website.

GoBankingRates recognized Star One as 9th Best Bank

GoBankingRates published their Top Best Banks of 2022 and listed Star One as the 9th Best Bank.

GoBankingRates was founded in 2004 to provide consumers with information about banks and credit unions.

More detailed information about the assessment of Star One is available on the GoBankingRates website.

Silicon Valley Business Journal recognized Star One as 4th Most Efficient Credit Union

On January 25, 2022, a Silicon Valley Business Journal article listed Star One as the 4th "most efficient" credit union in the U.S.

The criteria used to rank the credit unions was member deposit balances per full-time employee.

Corporate Philanthropist 2014-2020

For the sixth consecutive year, Star One was recognized as one of the 50 leading supporters of Silicon Valley's nonprofit organizations. Star One received the 2020 Corporate Philanthropists Award at the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Corporate Philanthropic Awards.

Star One also made The San Francisco Business Times Top 100 Corporate Philanthropists list based on contributions to Bay Area charities and organizations in 2020.

Star One Credit Union is proud to be affiliated with the surrounding communities. In addition to providing quality financial products and services to members who live, work or attend school in the communities we serve. Star One makes a commitment each year to be a positive force through sponsorships, volunteerism and contributions to various programs and organizations.

Star One and its employees directly contribute time, money, and in-kind contributions to programs like the Alzheimer's Association, Morgan Austin Center, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, Cake4Kids, Family Giving Tree, The Health Trust Meals On Wheels, Hope and Home , Lucile Packard Children's Fund, Alameda Food Bank, Home First, Downtown Streets, American Cancer Society and so much more.


Bauer Financial, Inc.
Star One was recognized by Bauer Financial, Inc. and awarded "Superior," their highest rating, for over 120 consecutive quarters.

The nation's leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been analyzing and reporting on the financial condition of the nation's banking industry since 1983. Financial institutions cannot pay for ratings, and cannot avoid being evaluated by Bauer Financial, Inc. www.bauerfinancial.com


Weiss Ratings "Excellent"
Star One was rated in the highest financial grade by Weiss Ratings.

For more than 20 years, Weiss Ratings has had an unparalleled track record warning of the weaknesses of hundreds of insurance companies and financial institutions that subsequently failed. Weiss Ratings strives for fairness and objectivity in its ratings and analyses, ensuring that each company receives the rating that most accurately depicts its ability to deal with severe economic adversity. Weiss Ratings accepts no payments for its ratings from rated institutions. www.weissratings.com


Visionary Leadership Award
At the 6th Annual Call to Action Conference of the Elder Financial Protection Network (EFPN) held in 2009, Star One Credit Union was conferred the Visionary Leadership Award for its ongoing efforts to protect the aged from financial abuse. Following receipt of the award, Star One's President & CEO Rick Heldebrant noted, "Star One Credit Union remains committed to raising awareness within our community about elder financial abuse. Our commitment to this imperative is especially relevant given the current economic environment. We believe education and awareness leads to prevention and are powerful tools in the fight against this crime. As a Credit Union we value our unique position within the community we serve and take seriously our commitment to educate others on ways to avoid financial exploitation and loss." Star One remains an active supporter of EFPN's dedication to the prevention of elder financial abuse through community education, public awareness campaigns and professional training.


Abby Award
Arts Council Silicon Valley awarded Star One Credit Union an ABBY Award at the 2008 Silicon Valley Arts & Business Awards Luncheon for our Small Business Support.

Star One was nominated by American Musical Theatre, San Jose (AMTSJ) for sustained general operating funds and for fully funding AMTSJ's High School HONORS, the Company's program for training and mentoring young musical theatre performers and technicians.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Planning for Money Milestones

There are many important financial milestones for consumers in their 20s and 30s. To help prepare today's "Millennials" for a positive financial future—without sacrificing fun—we take a realistic approach to managing finances. We'll cover SMART goals, getting financially organized, building a budget, controlling expenses, wiping out debt, and much more!

Thursday, July 14, 5:30 PM–6:30 PM PT
Register now for "Planning for Money Milestones."

Living Trusts and Estate Planning—a free webinar

Learn about estate planning and other helpful ways to prepare for the future. Star One's Beneficiary Retiree Services team will be on hand with guest speaker Natalie Spiwak, Estate Planning Representative with Affinity Trusts, to answer general questions and show how the Credit Union can help you with your Estate Planning needs.

Wednesday, July 20, 5:00–6:15 PM PT
Register now for "Living Trusts and Estate Planning."


RECENT WEBINARS

IRAs—Retirement and Beyond

Please join us in this workshop presented by Star One Certified IRA Professionals to gain essential knowledge on IRAs which encompasses Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs), eligibility, portability, distribution, tax reporting and beneficiary options. Participants will also learn how to avoid regulatory pitfalls by recognizing the features of IRAs and understanding the laws that govern them.

View the "IRAs—Retirement, and Beyond" webinar.

Home Buying Webinar Part 1—Loan and Financing

Join us as we discuss the home buying journey and dive into the mortgage financing process. Take your first steps towards homeownership with topics including credit, down payment requirements, how much you can afford and various financing options.

View "Home Buying Webinar Part 1".

Home Buying Webinar Part 2—Home Buying Process

Understand the home buying process from start to finish to help you navigate today's market and eliminate surprises. Local industry experts including a real estate agent, licensed appraiser, and title insurance representative will be in attendance to offer tips and answer any questions.

View "Home Buying Webinar Part 2".

College Planning—Learn how to Plan, Prepare, and Pay for College!

We are excited to have an expert from Student Choice available to offer advice and answer any questions you might have, on topics including: Choosing a College, The College Application & Acceptance Process, Scholarships & Grants, What is FAFSA & Why it's Important, Federal Loans & Other Financial Aid Options.

View "College Planning".

1031 Exchange

Tax-deferred exchanges are an increasingly popular wealth-building tool for Real Estate Investors. Exchanges are also an important tool to help improve your Real Estate Investments. The workshop will cover the basics of exchange steps, benefits to an investor, financial security, converting an investment property to a primary residence, reverse exchanges and more!

View "1031 Exchange".

Statement Reminders

Your Star One Statement is now available for online viewing.

  • May 2022 Regular Statement Reminder:
    Stay informed! You can avoid being a victim of identity theft or scam attempts by staying informed. To learn more about how to protect yourself from scammers, please visit the Security Page under News & Resources on our website.
  • June 2022 Visa Statement Reminder:

    Stay updated on all Visa transactions with Visa Purchase Alerts! You can get real-time alerts sent via text or email for your Star One Visa card purchases to help immediately identify potential fraudulent activity. Visit our website, choose Credit and Debit Cards, Card Security Information to sign up.

For security reasons, we do not include links in our Online Statement email reminder. To view your Online Statements, log into Online Banking, then select "Statements" in the main navigation.


Scheduled Maintenance

Online Banking and Touchtone Teller are normally unavailable for short periods of time for end-of-day processing:

  • Daily (less than 30 minutes) beginning at approximately 6:00 pm.
  • Last business day of the month (less than 30 minutes) beginning at approximately 6:00 pm.