In this Agreement the words “you” and “your” mean each and all of those who agree to be bound by this Agreement; “Credit Union” means the Family First Federal Credit Union; “Card” means the VISA credit card and any duplicates, renewals, or substitutions the Credit Union issues to you; “Account” means your VISA credit card line of credit account with the Credit Union whose name appears on this Agreement or anyone to whom the Credit Union transfers this Agreement.
1. Using Your Account. If you are approved for an Account, the Credit Union will establish a line of credit for you and notify you of your credit limit. You agree that your credit limit is the maximum amount (purchases, cash advances, finance charges, plus “other charges”) that you will have outstanding on your Account at any time. Each payment you make to your Account will restore your credit limit by the amount of the payment, unless you are over your credit limit. If you are over your credit limit, you must pay the amount you are over before payments will begin to restore your credit limit. You may request an increase in your credit limit only by a method acceptable to the Credit Union. The Credit Union has the right to reduce your credit limit, refuse to make an advance and/or terminate your Account at any time for any reason not prohibited by law.
2. Using the VISA Card. You may use your Card to make purchases from merchants and others who accept VISA Cards. In addition, you may obtain cash advances from the Credit Union and from other financial institutions that accept VISA Cards, and from some automated teller machines (ATMs), such as the VISA ATM Network, that accept VISA Cards. (Not all ATMs accept VISA Cards.) To obtain cash advances from an ATM, you must use the Personal Identification Number (PIN) that is issued to you for use with your Card.
3. Responsibility. You agree to pay all charges (purchases and cash advances) to your Account that are made by you or anyone whom you authorize to use your Account. You also agree to pay all finance charges and other charges added to your Account under the terms of this Agreement or another agreement you made with the Credit Union. If this is a joint Account, Section 17 below also applies to your Account.
4. Advisory Against Illegal Use. You agree not to use your card(s) for illegal gambling or other illegal purpose. Display of a payment card logo by, for example, an online merchant does not necessarily mean that transactions are lawful in all jurisdictions in which the cardholder may be located.
5. Finance Charges. You will not be charged interest (finance charge) on new purchases during the billing cycle in which they are posted to your Account. Finance charge will start accruing on those purchases and will continue accruing on any previous purchase balance from the first day of the next billing cycle, unless you pay the Total New Balance for your Account by the end of the grace period which is 25 days from the statement closing date. Finance charge is imposed on cash advances from the date they are posted to your Account.
The finance charge is calculated by multiplying the average daily balance of your Account by a monthly periodic rate of 1.0750%, which is an ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE of 12.9%. To get the average daily balance for your Account, the daily balances for the billing cycle are added and the total is divided by the number of days in the cycle. To get the daily balance, new cash advances are added to each day’s beginning balance and payments and credits are subtracted. On the first day of a billing cycle, the Credit Union adds to your daily balance the total of new purchases from your last statement, unless you paid the Total New Balance for your Account from your last statement by the end of the grace period. Fees are not included in the calculation of the average daily balance. Finance charge will continue to accrue on your Account until what you owe is paid in full.
5. Other Charges. The following other charges (fees) will be added to your Account, as applicable:
a) Late Payment Fee: If you are 5 or more days late in making a payment, a late charge of $20.00 will be added to your account.
b) Over the Credit Limit Fee: You may be charged a fee of $20.00 on a statement date if your New Balance on that date, minus any fees imposed during the cycle, is over your credit limit. You will be charged the fee each subsequent month until your New Balance on the statement date, less any fees imposed during the cycle, is BELOW your credit limit.
c) Card Replacement Fee: You will be charged $10.00 for a replacement VISA card other than the normal reissue at the expiration date of your card(s).
d) Document Copy Fee: You will be charged $5.00 for each copy of a sales draft that you request (except when the request is made in connection with a billing error made by the Credit Union).
e) Collection Costs: To the extent permitted by law, you will also be required to pay the Credit Union’s collection expenses, including Court costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.
6. Payments. Each month you must pay at least the minimum payment shown on your statement by the date specified on the statement or no later than 25 days from the statement closing date, whichever is later. If your statement says the payment is “Now Due”, your payment is due no later than 25 days from the statement closing date. You may pay more frequently, pay more than the minimum payment or pay the Total New Balance in full. If you make extra or larger payments, you are still required to make at least the minimum payment each month your Account has a balance (other than a credit balance). The minimum payment is 3.0% of your Total New Balance or $25.00, whichever is
greater, plus the amount of any prior minimum payments that you have not made, and any amount you are over your credit limit. The Credit Union also has the right to demand immediate payment of any amount by which you are over your credit limit.
7. Payment Allocation. Subject to applicable law, your payments may be applied to what you owe the Credit Union in any manner the Credit Union chooses.
8. Security Interest. If you give the Credit Union a specific pledge of shares by signing a separate pledge of shares, your Account will be secured by your pledged shares. Collateral securing other loans you have with the Credit Union may also secure this loan, except that your home will never be considered as security for this Account, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any other agreement.
9. Default. You will be in default if you fail to make any minimum payment or other required payment by the date that it is due. You will be in default if you break any promise you make under this Agreement. You will be in default if you make any false or misleading statements in any credit application or credit update. You will also be in default if something happens that the Credit Union believes may substantially reduce your ability to repay what you owe.
When you are in default, the Credit Union has the right to demand immediate payment of your full Account balance without giving you notice. If immediate payment is demanded, you agree to continue paying finance charge, at the periodic rate charged before default, until what you owe has been paid, and any shares that were given as security for your Account may be applied towards what you owe.
10. Liability for Unauthorized Use – Lost/Stolen Card Notification.
You agree to notify us immediately, orally or in writing at PO Box 6587, Great Falls, MT 59406 or telephone (406) 727-7575 Monday Through Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm or (800) 991-4965 after hours/weekends, of the loss, theft or unauthorized use of your Credit Card. Unless you have been grossly negligent or have engaged in fraud, you will not be liable for any unauthorized transactions using your lost or stolen VISA Card. This additional limit on liability does not apply to ATM transactions or to transactions using your Personal Identification Number which are not processed by VISA. In any case, your liability will not exceed $50 for unauthorized cash advances at ATMs. You will have no liability for unauthorized purchases made with your Credit Card, unless you are grossly negligent in the handling of your card. In any case, your liability will not exceed $50.00.
11. Changing or Terminating Your Account. The Credit Union may change the terms of this Agreement from time to time. Notice of any change will be given in accordance with applicable law. Use of your Card after receiving notice of a change will indicate your agreement to the change. If permitted by law and specified in the notice to you, the change will apply to your existing Account balance as well as future transactions.
Either you or the Credit Union may terminate this Agreement at any time, but termination by you or the Credit Union will not affect your obligation to pay the Account balance plus any finance and other charges you owe under this Agreement. You are also responsible for all transactions made to your account after termination, unless the transactions were unauthorized.
The Card or Cards you receive remain the property of the Credit Union and you must recover and surrender to the Credit Union all Cards upon request or upon termination of this Agreement whether by you or the Credit Union. The Credit Union has the right to require you to pay your full Account balance at any time after your Account is terminated, whether it is terminated by you or the Credit Union. If this is a Joint Account, Section 17 of this Agreement also applies to termination of the Account.
12. Credit Information. You authorize the Credit Union to investigate your credit standing when opening or reviewing your Account. You authorize the Credit Union to disclose information regarding your Account to credit bureaus and creditors who inquire about your credit standing.
13. Returns and Adjustments. Merchants and others who honor your Card may give credit for returns or adjustments, and they will do so by sending this Credit Union a credit slip, which will be posted to your Account. If your credits and payments exceed what you owe the Credit Union, the amount will be applied against future purchases and cash advances. If the credit balance amount is $1 or more, it will be refunded upon your written request or automatically after six months.
14. Additional Benefits/Card Enhancements. The Credit Union may from time to time offer additional services to your Account, such as travel accident insurance, at no additional cost to you. You understand that the Credit Union is not obligated to offer such services and may withdraw or change them at any time.
15. Foreign Transactions. Purchases and cash advances made in foreign countries and foreign currencies will be debited from your Account in U.S. dollars. The currency conversion rate used to determine the transaction amount in U.S. dollars is either a government-mandate rate or the wholesale rate in effect one day prior to the transaction processing date, increased by 1%.
16. Merchant Disputes. The Credit Union is not responsible for the refusal of any merchant or financial institution to honor your Card. The Credit Union is subject to claims and defenses (other than tort claims) arising out of goods or services you purchase with the Card if you have made a good faith attempt but have been unable to obtain satisfaction from the merchant or service providers, and (a) your purchase was made in response to an advertisement the Credit Union sent or participated in sending you, or (b) your purchase cost more than $50.00 and was made in your state or within 100 miles of your home.
17. Joint Accounts. If this is a Joint Account, each person on the Account must sign the Agreement (by signing on the application). Each of you will be individually and jointly responsible for paying all amounts owed under this Agreement. This means that the Credit Union can require any one of you individually to repay the entire amount owed under this Agreement. Each of you authorizes the other(s) to make purchases or cash advances individually. Any one of you may terminate the Account and the termination will be effective as to all of you.
18. Effect of Agreement. This Agreement is the contract which applies to all transactions on your Account even though the sales, cash advances, credit or other slips you sign or receive may contain different terms.
19. No Waiver. The Credit Union can delay enforcing any of its rights any number of times without losing them.
20. Statements and Notices. Statements and notices will be mailed to you at the most recent address you have given the Credit Union. Notice sent to any one of you will be considered notice to all.
21. Copy Received. You acknowledge that you have received a copy of this Agreement.
22. Final Expression. This Agreement is the final expression of the terms and conditions of this VISA line of credit between you and the Credit Union: this written Agreement may not be contradicted by evidence of any alleged oral agreement. Please retain this Agreement for your records.
YOUR BILLING RIGHTS
KEEP THIS NOTICE FOR FUTURE USE
This notice contains important information about your rights and our responsibilities under the Fair Credit Billing Act.
Notify Us in Case of Errors or Questions about your Bill
If you think your bill is wrong or if you need more information about a transaction on your bill, write us on a separate sheet at the address listed on your bill. Write to us as soon as possible. We must hear from you no later than 60 days after we sent you the first bill on which the error or problem appeared. You can telephone us, but doing so will not preserve your rights.
In your letter, give us the following information:
• Your name and account number.
• The dollar amount of the suspected error.
• Describe the error and explain, if you can, why you believe there is an error. If you need more information, describe the item you are not sure about.
If you have authorized us to pay your credit card bill automatically from your savings or checking account, you can stop the payment on any amount you think is wrong. To stop the payment, your letter must reach us three business days before the automatic payment is scheduled to occur.
Your Rights and Our Responsibilities
After We Receive Your Written Notice
We must acknowledge your letter within 30 days, unless we have corrected the error by then. Within 90 days, we must either correct the error or explain why we believe the bill was correct.
After we receive your letter, we cannot try to collect any amount you question, or report you as delinquent. We can continue to bill you for the amount you question, including finance charges, and we can apply an unpaid amount against your credit limit. You do not have to pay any questioned amount while we are investigating, but you are still obligated to pay the parts of your bill that are not in question.
If we find that we made a mistake on your bill, you will not have to pay any finance charges related to any questioned amount. If we didn’t make a mistake, you may have to pay finance charges, and you will have to make up any missed payments on the questioned amount. In either case, we will send you a statement of the amount you owe and the date that it is due.
If you fail to pay the amount that we think you owe, we may report you as delinquent. However, if our explanation does not satisfy you and you write to us within ten days telling us that you still refuse to pay, we must tell anyone we report you to that you have a question about your bill. And, we must tell you the name of anyone we reported you to. We must tell anyone we report you to that the matter has been settled between us when it finally is.
If we don’t follow these rules, we can’t collect the first $50 of the questioned amount, even if your bill was correct.
Special Rule for Credit Card Purchases
If you have a problem with the quality of property or services that you purchased with a credit card, and you have tried in good faith to correct the problem with the merchant, you may have the right not to pay the remaining amount due on the property or services. There are two limitations on this right:
(a) You must have made the purchase in your home state, if not within your home state, within 100 miles of your current mailing address; and
(b) The purchase price must have been more than $50.
These limitations do not apply if we own or operate the merchant, or if we mailed you the advertisement for the property or service.