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Umpqua Access Checking account review

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Its ATM rebates and one free wire transfer are appealing, but additional fees could chip at your funds.

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If you’re a West Coast resident, Umpqua Access Checking account offers several appealing perks. It comes with mobile banking, bill pay and one free incoming wire transfer per month. But maintenance, wire transfer and paper statement fees could really dig at your funds.

$5 per month

Monthly fee

N/A

APY

$25

Minimum deposit to open

Details

Monthly fee$5 per month
To waive the fee$0 with 10 or more posted debit card purchases/payments per month
$0 with one direct deposit of $500 or more per month
$0 with one mobile deposit of $250 or more per month
Minimum deposit to open$25
ATMsSurcharge-free Umpqua ATMs in all of the network's 5 states, plus 4 non-Umpqua ATM fee rebates per month
ATM transaction fee$0
ATM fee rebatesUp to 4 rebates per month
Out-of-network ATM fee$2.50
Foreign transaction fee2%
Overdraft fee$35
Nonsufficient funds fee$35

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The Umpqua Access Checking account is only available to residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Nevada.

Compared to Umpqua’s other checking accounts, this one is best for those traveling outside of the West Coast or looking for more savings options.

It offers four monthly rebates on out-of-network ATMs, one incoming wire fee refund a month and the ability to add up to three Umpqua savings accounts with no monthly maintenance fees when linked to your Access Checking account.

What are the benefits of the Umpqua Access Checking account?

  • ATM fee rebates. Receive up to four fee rebates monthly for using non-Umpqua ATMs.
  • Complimentary savings account. Signing up for an Umpqua Access Checking account automatically qualifies you for up to three Grow Savings or Thrive Money Market accounts with no monthly maintenance fees.
  • Free incoming wire transfer. Receive one refundable incoming wire transfer monthly.
  • Bill pay. Automate your bill payments with Umpqua Access Checking account with no daily transaction limits.
  • Mobile banking. Umpqua’s mobile banking app is free to download for Android and iOS and allows you to transfer funds, review transactions and deposit checks.
  • Security. Deposits of up to $250,000 are insured by the FDIC.
  • Support. If you need help, Umpqua’s customer support is available seven days a week by both phone and email.

Umpqua’s ATM network and fees

The Umpqua ATM network includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Nevada. There’s no fee to access your funds using an Umpqua ATM. However, using an ATM outside of its network comes with a $2.50 fee.

At an Umpqua ATM, you can check your account balance, transfer funds, withdraw or deposit cash and change your PIN.

What should I look out for?

  • $25 minimum deposit. You’ll need an opening deposit of at least $25.
  • $5 monthly maintenance fee. This fee is waived if you make 10 or more debit card purchases monthly, receive a direct deposit of at least $500 monthly or make monthly mobile deposits of at least $250.
  • $3 paper statement fee. If you opt for paper statements with this account, you’ll pay a monthly $3 fee.
  • Limited availability. Umpqua accounts are only available to residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Nevada.
  • Additional fees. Watch out for $35 insufficient funds fees, $15 incoming wire transfer fees and outgoing wire transfer fees of $30 to $50.

If you prefer to bank with an institution with more ATMs, you’ll want to keep looking. As always, compare your options when choosing a checking account.

Compare Umpqua with other checking accounts

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HSBC Premier Checking
$1
Free to use at all ATMs in the US
$0
Get up to $700 (max. $120 per month) for eligible new customers who open an HSBC Premier checking account. Conditions apply. Deposit products are offered in the US by HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Member FDIC.
Chase Total Checking
$0
Access to 16,000 ATMs and nearly 4,900 branches nationwide
$2.50
Get a $200 bonus when you open a new Chase Total Checking account and set up direct deposit within 60 days of opening your account. Chase's simplest checking account is easy to use and gives you access to 16,000 ATMs and nearly 4,900 branches. Available online nationwide except in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
Chase Premier Plus Checking
$0
Access to 16,000 ATMs and nearly 4,900 branches nationwide
$2.50
Get a $300 signup bonus as a new Chase checking customer when you open a Chase Premier Plus Checking account and set up direct deposit. Available online nationwide except in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
TD Beyond Checking
$0
1,900 ATMs across the country and Canada
$0
A checking account that offers interest plus three ways to waive the monthly fee, two overdraft paybacks a year and no ATM fees with a $2,500 balance.
BBVA Online Checking
$25
No ATM fees nationwide at more than 64,000 AllPoint, participating 7-Eleven and BBVA USA ATMs
$3
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Aspiration Spend & Save Account
$10
Fee-free ATM withdrawals at Allpoint ATMs
$0
A spend and save combo account with no monthly service fees, free access to every ATM in the world, unlimited cash back rewards and deposits insured by the FDIC. The Aspiration Spend & Save Account is a cash management account offering of Aspiration Financial, LLC, an SEC-registered broker-dealer. Aspiration is not a chartered bank.
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How much do I need to open an account?

You can open an Umpqua Access Checking account in person or online with an opening deposit of at least $25.

How do I apply?

1. Go to Umpqua’s site and click Open Now under the Access Checking account.
2. Review the information you’ll need to provide to complete your application. Click Continue.
3. Tell Umpqua more about yourself, including your name, date of birth, email address, Social Security number and employment status. Click Continue.
4. Enter your address and click Continue.
5. Review Umpqua’s overdraft options and indicate whether you’d like to add overdraft protection to your checking account. Click Continue.
6. Select two security questions to protect your online account. Enter the answers to your selected questions. Click Continue.
7. Review the information you’ve submitted and make any necessary changes. Next, review Umpqua’s account disclosures and e-sign authorization. Click Continue.

To complete your application, you’ll need to deposit at least $25 into your new checking account. You can do this with an existing Umpqua account if you have one, an account from another bank, credit card or debit card.

You’ll receive your Umpqua Access Checking account debit card in the mail. Once your account is activated, you can register for online banking through Umpqua’s site.

Eligibility

Before you apply for an Umpqua Access Checking account, you must:

  • Be a US citizen.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Reside in California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Nevada.
  • Have a US residential address.
  • Have a Social Security number.
  • Have a valid bank account.

Required information

  • Primary home address.
  • Valid email address.
  • Valid phone number.
  • Social Security number.
  • Driver’s license or valid state ID.
  • Bank account number and routing number of the account you plan to use to fund your checking account.

What other checking options does Umpqua offer?

In addition to its Umpqua Access Checking account, Umpqua also offers the following checking account options:

  • Embark Checking. This basic checking account has no fees and offers up to $10 in fee rebates for using non-Umpqua ATMs each month.
  • Attain Checking. A $200 minimum deposit is required to open this account, but it comes with free incoming wire transfers, free checks and higher interest rates on Umpqua CDs.
  • Community Business Checking. Receive 200 free checks each month with the option to waive the monthly $10 fee if you maintain a $1,000 minimum daily balance.
  • Marketplace Checking. This account comes with 500 free checks each month and a monthly $25 fee that’s waived if you maintain a $25,000 minimum daily balance.
  • Business Analyzed Checking. A $100 minimum deposit is required to open Umpqua’s top-tier business checking account, and its $18 monthly fee can be offset with earnings credits.

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