About Us

First Castle FCU, the Credit Union for St. Tammany Parish

If you are tired of non-local banks and credit unions treating you like a number now may be the right time to make a move to First Castle FCU! We want to help you and your family achieve your goals by providing personal financial service to each and every one of you.

Originally founded in 1934, for the Corps of Engineers New Orleans District, First Castle FCU is the second oldest federally chartered credit union in the United States. Today, we proudly serve all of St. Tammany Parish and our Corps of Engineers members, and offer a wide variety of financial products and services.

For residents of all of St Tammany Parish within or even not within driving distance of our main office location in Covington, LA, banks are not the only source for loans and banking needs. That’s right you don’t always need to go to a bank! What about a credit union? Specifically, First Castle Federal Credit Union. Checking accounts, debit cards, credit cards, auto and mortgage loans, IRA’s and savings accounts. We are a local financial institution that can take care of most of your financial needs. So why not join today and do all of your banking at First Castle Federal Credit Union?

Why the name First Castle?

So why the name First Castle Credit Union? In 1934 the New Orleans District Engineers became the 5th federally chartered credit union in the United States. Not only that, the New Orleans District was the first Corps of Engineers District in the country to establish their own credit union. The symbol of the US Army Corps of Engineers is a castle. We were the first credit union for the Corps, hence the name First Castle Federal Credit Union!

Why Join?

Our Credit Union exemplifies the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” – portrayed every time a member opens an account and another member makes a loan. First Castle FCU is owned and controlled by you — our members. As with all financial cooperatives, we are not-for-profit. This means that our members benefit from the success of our Credit Union by way of lower loan rates and higher deposit rates. We are here to offer our members a safe, convenient place to save and borrow money, to provide excellence in member service, and to assist our members in building their financial future.

Your Money is Safe with Us

It is our foremost concern to protect and preserve the assets of our members. Our Credit Union, like all credit unions, is closely regulated. The National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, administered by the National Credit Union Administration, an agency of the federal government, insures deposits of credit union members at federal and state-chartered credit unions nationwide.  Click here for more information about the NCUA.

It’s a Family Affair

Your membership entitles your family to the same valuable financial services and products that are available to you! Family membership is extended to include your children, spouse, parents, brothers and sisters, grandchildren and grandparents.

Once a Member – Always a Member

Even if you leave St. Tammany Parish or employment of the Corps, a member in good standing can remain a lifelong member of our Credit Union. With the convenience of the Shared Branch Network, Fast-fone our 24 hour audio teller, Direct Deposit and Net Teller, you can easily obtain all the benefits of membership whatever path you travel in the journey of life.

We are carefully following reports about the coronavirus. Our Army Corps of Engineers branch in New Orleans is temporarily closed. Our Slidell and Covington drive-thrus and ATMs are open!READ MORE