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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
CONTACT: Media Relations

Press Release

FAIRWINDS Credit Union Extends Student Banking Partnership with UCF
Credit Union to Serve as Student Banking Services Provider for the University of Central Florida Through 2022

ORLANDO, FL – FAIRWINDS Credit Union will remain the student banking services provider for the University of Central Florida (UCF) for at least the next five years, extending a partnership that began in 2012.

Through this partnership, FAIRWINDS is the only bank to offer students the option to link their UCF ID cards to a FAIRWINDS checking account for purchases on campus and at thousands of retail and ATM locations. Since the partnership began, more than 5,800 UCF students have opened checking accounts with the credit union. Student accounts have zero monthly fees and no minimum balance, and students can also secure free money orders.

FAIRWINDS has a branch location and two ATMs on the main UCF campus.

“We’re honored to continue this partnership with our hometown university,” said Larry Tobin, president and CEO of FAIRWINDS and a UCF alumnus. “Nothing gives us a greater feeling of accomplishment than helping UCF students on their journey toward financial responsibility and financial freedom.”

“UCF is very excited to be extending the relationship with FAIRWINDS Credit Union as our student banking partner,” said Kevin Sowers, UCF’s director of business services. “With a campus community as diverse as ours, it is great to know that we have a partner that can meet the financial needs of our students, faculty and staff. For more than 20 years, FAIRWINDS has continued to invest in this university and in the financial well-being of our students well beyond this partnership.”

As just one example of this involvement, the recently launched FAIRWINDS Foundation announced support of UCF’s Cent$ible Knight$ financial literary program, offering five $2,500 scholarships to students who complete the program. Cent$ible Knight$ provides students with information and resources that enhance their financial knowledge and equip them to make sound financial decisions.

FAIRWINDS received the UCF Partnership Award in 2015 for its long history of collaboration with UCF students, faculty and staff.

For more information about FAIRWINDS student banking, visit


FAIRWINDS Credit Union, headed by President/CEO Larry Tobin, is the largest financial institution headquartered in Central Florida, with assets of $2.2 billion, more than 182,300 members and over 510 employees. The financial cooperative established in 1949. Anyone currently living or working in, or business operating in, Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Osceola, Polk, Brevard, Lake, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, or Sarasota counties can become a FAIRWINDS member. UCF students, faculty, staff, alumni are also eligible to hold membership, as well as members’ families living outside any of the eligible counties.