What You Need to Know About Overdrafts and Overdraft Fees
Managing your checking account to avoid overdrafts or debit card declines can be overwhelming and confusing. We’re here to provide clear information and tools to make your banking hassle-free.
What You Need to Know
- An overdraft occurs when you do not have enough money in your account to cover a transaction, but, as a service to you, we pay it anyway. We can cover your overdrafts in two different ways:
Overdraft Protection Plans
- You may link your checking account to your First Commonwealth Bank savings, money market, or line of credit account. A transfer fee may apply.
- Overdraft Protection Plans provide a safe, low-cost way to guard against accidental overdrafts.
- The cost for Overdraft Protection Plans is often less than standard overdraft coverage and it normally does not cost you anything until you actually use the service.
Standard Overdraft Coverage
- Standard Overdraft Coverage is when we pay overdrafts against your account at our discretion, which means we do not guarantee that we will always authorize and pay any type of transaction.
- Federal Regulations require that all banks give consumers the option to "opt-in" or "opt-out" of our standard overdraft practices for ATM and everyday debit card transactions.
- Effective August 15, 2010, we are no longer authorized to pay overdrafts for these types of transactions unless you authorize us to do so.
- If you choose to opt-in, you may change your mind at any time and it costs you nothing unless you use the service.
- You may opt-in to our standard overdraft coverage for ATM and everyday debit card transactions by calling our Engagement Center at 1-800-711-BANK (2265) or by visiting your local community office.
- In addition, we offer you the choice to opt-out of overdraft coverage on ALL transaction types (including checks, ACH and other types of debit card transactions), if you so wish.
Questions & Answers
- An overdraft occurs when you do not have enough money in your account to cover a transaction, but the transaction is paid anyway.
- For Standard Overdraft Coverage, we will charge a fee of $35 each time we pay an overdraft item.
- There is a daily limit of 4 overdraft fees per day.
The Overdraft fee will be waived where the daily negative balance is $5 or less.
- You may also incur a continuous overdraft fee of $8 per day beginning on the fifth calendar day of continuous overdraft.
- Online and mobile banking provides you with 24/7 access to your accounts, including views of pending and posted transactions. You can also transfer funds between your accounts with a few simple clicks.
- Our Engagement Center gives you access to your accounts via the telephone to check balances and to transfer funds by calling 1-800-711-BANK (2265).
- First Commonwealth strongly suggests using one of our Overdraft Protection Plans, such as linking your checking account to a savings, money market or line of credit account, in order to protect against accidental overdrafts.
- No. The new rules only apply to ATM transactions and everyday purchases you make with your debit card. Checks, ACH and other types of debit transactions are not affected by these new rules. However, we do offer clients the option to opt-out of overdraft coverage on these transaction types also.
- If a decision was not made by August 15, 2010, an account would have defaulted to “opt-out” of discretionary overdraft service. However, you can choose to “opt-in” or “opt-out” at anytime and as often as you choose.
- Yes. These new rules apply to any consumer deposit account that has an associated ATM or debit card.
- You must make a choice for each account.
- To view the Overdraft Notification which includes applicable fees and other information, click here.
What are overdrafts?
What fees are charged when your account is overdrawn?
What services do you offer so that I can avoid overdrafts in general?
Are checks or ACH transactions affected by the new Federal regulations?
When do I need to make a choice?
Do these new rules only apply to my personal accounts?
What if I have more than one account?