Four years ago financial institutions across the country implemented opt-in strategies for their overdraft privilege programs as a result of Reg E. Many institutions treated Reg E implementation as a one-time event and, with each passing year, their focus on overdraft privilege communication has dwindled, letting accountholders and dollars slip through the cracks. Getting overdraft privilege programs back on track requires proper staff training and ongoing communication with accountholders.
Accountholder acquisition at financial institutions often depends on major life-changing events such as a new job, marriage or moving; however, the unique circumstance surrounding college students makes them a prime target demographic for new accountholder acquisition. Financial institutions can capitalize on this opportunity by providing students with tools to succeed on their own financially. Most college students are looking for three things before they head off to school: a new bank, an accessible checking account and financial education.