Dort FCU Blog


By Craig Kocur

The credit union movement was founded on the philosophy of “People Helping People”.  In keeping with our philosophy, Dort Federal Credit Union has established a student scholarship program to help our members achieve their higher educational goals.  We will award three (3) scholarships each year in the amount of $1,000 each to graduating high school seniors or older students seeking to further their education after high school.  Members who have been accepted as full-time students to an accredited institution of higher learning may apply by March 4, 2016.
Download the Scholarship Application (click here).
1.  Student applicant must have been a member in good standing of Dort Federal Credit Union for a minimum of one year (student must be primary account holder and account must have been opened on or before  March 4, 2015).
2.  Applicant must be a high school graduate in 2016 (or earlier) with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in high school (or a minimum GPA of 2.5 in one full year of post-high school education, if applicable).
3.  Acceptance required as a full-time student at an accredited institution:  university, community college, trade school or vocational school.
4.  Applicant must write an essay (150-200 word maximum) describing what the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” means to him/her.
5.  Two (2) letters of recommendation from influencing adults:  teacher, coach, counselor, community leader, employer, etc. must be submitted. 
6.  Special consideration will be given to students who have been involved in extracurricular and/or community service activities.
7.  Application must be postmarked or received at any Dort Federal Credit Union branch by close of business on Friday, March 4, 2016.
How to Apply: 
1.       Print and complete the Dort Federal Credit Union Scholarship Application form (Click Here).   
2.       Include an official copy of yourHigh School Transcripts and any post-high school transcripts, if applicable.
3.       Include a copy of your Letter of Acceptance as a full-time student to an accredited institution:  university, community college, trade school, or vocational school.
 4.      Include a 150-200 word essay explaining what the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” means to you.
5.       Include two (2) Letters of Recommendation from influencing adults (for example: a teacher, coach, counselor, community leader, employer - may not be from a relative).
6.       Application must be postmarked or received at any Dort Federal Credit Union branch by close of business on Friday, March 4, 2016.  Send completed application to:   Dort Federal Credit Union, Scholarship Committee, 2845 Davison Rd., Flint MI 48506.  If you have questions, please call (810) 244-6602.
Application must be received or postmarked no later than March 4, 2016.  Late or incomplete applications will be disqualified.  Supporting documents may be mailed separately. The scholarship will be made payable jointly to the recipient and the educational institution, or individually to the recipient or institution, at the discretion of Dort Federal Credit Union.  All application information will be kept strictly confidential.  Scholarships will be awarded by July 31, 2016.

All complete applications will be reviewed by volunteer members of Dort Federal Credit Union’s Community Involvement Committee and Board of Directors and awards will be determined in a fair and consistent manner.  Dort Federal Credit Union does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, marital status, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.  Employees and volunteers of Dort Federal Credit Union and their family members are eligible to apply.  

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Mobile Deposit Updates
By Craig Kocur

The latest version of our iPhone and Android phone apps include an update to Mobile Deposit. Now you can see the last 180 days of your mobile deposit history including the real time status of your checks.

When you click on a deposit in the history you can see the front and back of the check, when it was deposited and the current status of the check. If the check has been rejected, you can see in the notes why it was rejected.

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Congratulations to Our Scholarship Recipients!
By Craig Kocur

Dort Federal Credit Union proudly announces our 2015 student scholarship recipients. With more than 60 applications received, the Dort Federal Board of Directors selected students based on academic and community achievement. Applications were accepted from members who are graduating high school in 2015 and planning to attend college in the fall; or are currently enrolled in a post-secondary school with full-time status. The recipients will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.

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Important Debit Card Notice
By Craig Kocur

Dort Federal Credit Union is currently experiencing increased debit card fraud activity in Metro Detroit area Meijer, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco, and other chain grocery stores. 

The stores affected are located in Allen Park, Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Canton, Dearborn, Hartland, Rochester Hills, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Westland, and Wixom.

Dort Federal Credit Union holds its member data to the highest level of security. Therefore, to protect our members and our institution from significant fraud exposure, we have issued a temporary block on Dort Federal Debit Cards being used at the stores in the locations mentioned above.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have questions about this temporary restriction, or would like to report fraud on your Dort Federal Debit or Credit Card, please call us during business hours at 810.767.8390.

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Security Certificate Error
By Craig Kocur

We are fixing a problem on our site that you may have run across over the last day or so. You would have noticed the problem by going to our site and seeing an error message like the one below.

We hope to have the problem fixed later today. In the meantime you can avoid the problem by going to rather than Or, if you are looking to login to Dort Online banking, you can go directly to the login at
Sorry for the inconvenience.
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Data Security: How Your Credit Union is Looking Out for You
By Craig Kocur

As data breaches at merchants continue to permeate the news, we want you to know that Dort Federal Credit Union is ready to help if your personal or financial data is ever compromised. We take service to our members seriously and will do everything we can to ensure that action is taken – quickly – to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity or account theft. 

Your credit union is subject to strong data security standards established by Congress and federal regulators. While data breaches can happen anywhere, we are ready with a plan designed to ensure the safety and confidentiality of your sensitive data.

Unfortunately, merchants and retailers aren’t subject to these federal requirements. Many of them follow their own data security standards, but, as the crush of data breaches over the last couple of years has shown, these self-imposed merchant standards are no substitute for a stronger federal standard. When it comes to protecting your personal information, every measure counts.

When your debit or credit card data is breached at a merchant, the cost of card replacement or account reimbursement to you is typically paid by your credit union and not the retailer where the breach occurred. Unfortunately, this can become a very expensive proposition for the credit union, as we are often never reimbursed for these costs by merchants—as there is no liability requirement on them to pay for data breaches that occur on their watch.

We want you to know that in the event of any breach affecting your accounts, this credit union will always do what we can to make you whole. In the meantime, credit unions around the country are leading the effort to get Congress to pass legislation ensuring merchants and retailers meet a national standard for protecting any of your financial data they collect when you make a purchase and are held liable for breaches that occur on their end. We hope you will support us in this effort.

While we can’t control what happens at merchants and retailers, we want you to know that Dort Federal Credit Union will do everything we can to assist you and your family if a breach does occur when you use your debit or credit card. You can always feel free to reach our member service department at 810.767.8390.

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Phishing Links
By Craig Kocur

Over the last few days Dort Federal and some other local banks/credit unions have been hit by a phishing scam. The phishing came in the form of calls to members that said their debit card was blocked and, to unblock, enter their debit card number and other information.

How can you tell the difference between a legitimate call or email from your financial institution and a fake one? The biggest tip off that a call or email is phishing is if the message is asking you to confirm your account or credit card information. We know your account and credit card information. We don't need to ask you for that. We may ask you for that information when you've called us with a question, but that is only to help confirm your identity and protect your account. We will not, out of the blue, contact you and ask you for your credit card information.

For more phishing information check out these links:


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Square One Debt Consolidation Loan
By Craig Kocur

Do you have a bunch of loans spread out all of the over the place? Do the rates on those loans go from bad to worse? Dort's Square One Debt Consolidation Loan may be the perfect way organize those loans and to save some money. Click here for more information or here to apply now.


Some Advantages of Debt Consolidation

Should I Consolidate My Debts? Calculator


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Visa Checkout
By Craig Kocur


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Purchase Rewards
By Craig Kocur

Online coupons that work with your Dort One Debit Card

The best coupons are the ones that you don't need to carry with you. With our Purchase Rewards program you can sign up for rewards in Dort Online Banking and just use your Dort One Card at the store or online to get your reward. No tiny slips of paper to carry around or lose.

You do need to think about these rewards a little bit in that there are time limits and restrictions on the individual rewards. Just be sure to read the offer when you accept it so you don't miss something. A lot of the rewards have to be completed online following a link in the reward so you'll also need to pay attention to that.

Give Purchase Rewards a try. We think you'll like it.


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