Intro – GTE Financial Reviews & Ranking
GTE Financial was recently ranked and reviewed by AdvisoryHQ as a top rated credit union. Firms on our top rated lists were selected after they successfully passed AdvisoryHQ’s ground-breaking, four-step banks and credit unions selection methodology.
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The GTE Financial review below provides a detailed assessment, including some of the factors used by AdvisoryHQ News in its ranking and selection of GTE Financial.
GTE Financial Review
A review of Tampa credit unions would be incomplete without mention of GTE Financial, one of the largest locally owned and operated financial institutions in Tampa Bay.
Founded in 1935, GTE Financial has locations throughout West Central Florida.
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Key Factors Leading Us to Rank This Firm as One of This Year’s Top Credit Union Firms
Upon completing our GTE Financial review, GTE Financial was included in AdvisoryHQ’s ranking of this year’s best credit unions based on the following factors.
GTE Financial Review: Shared Branching
Benefits of membership at this Tampa credit union extend far beyond the physical region.
GTE Financial’s Shared Branching program gives members access to a network of credit unions nationwide, meaning that you can do your banking at any of these partner locations.
GTE Financial Review: Student Powered Financial Centers
GTE Financial’s Student Powered locations, which are wholly staffed by college and university students in the local area, are unique among credit unions.
Students are currently gaining valuable workplace experience at the Centro Ybor location, with more GTE Financial Student Powered Centers to follow suit.
This innovative program is a contributing factor to GTE Financial’s ranking among the best credit unions in Tampa.
GTE Financial Review: Student Opportunities
In addition to the opportunities for student employment in GTE Student Powered Financial Centers, GTE Financial offers other products and services geared specifically toward students. For example:
- College Checking Account: These free accounts are available to students ages 18-25.
- Student GTE Financial Visa: Students can start building credit with the GTE Financial Visa built just for them. Rates begin at 7.24% APR and there are no annual or balance transfer fees.
- Auto Loans: GTE Financial helps students buy their first new or used car with a loan of up to $18,000. With rates starting at 1.99% APR, students can benefit from lower monthly payments than they would make with regular auto loans.
- Student Loans: There’s no way around it; tuition is expensive. Fortunately, institutions like GTE Financial recognize that student loans are necessary to helping students get their degrees. The Tampa credit union supplements what is not covered by federal funding with low-rate, multiyear loans up to $75,000.
- GTE University: Perhaps one of its most admirable programs, GTE University provides students with financial literacy. From budgeting to saving to maintaining good credit, GTE Financial has you covered.
GTE Financial Review: GTE Foundation
The GTE Foundation is a charitable organization that was established in 2003. Notably, it supports community members and organizations through grants, with the goal of improving financial literacy and homeownership.
If giving back to your community is important to you, you’ll want to consider GTE Financial. Moreover, its website is easy to navigate, providing up-to-date rates and daily financial news and events.
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