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  • Over 25 bank and credit union branches are participating in Bank on Oakland. Look for the "Bank on California" sign in the window of your local branch.
  • Oaklanders spend over $35 million a year at check cashers and payday lenders.
  • An estimated 30,000 Oaklanders have no checking or savings account.
  • Nationwide, an estimated 20 million Americans are unbanked.
  • Without a bank account, the average person will spend 5% of their income at check cashers each year.

Why spend hundreds of dollars a year to cash your checks when you can deposit your money for free and pay your bills at no additional cost? Today, everybody can get a bank account. Even if you've had problems with an account in the past, have never had an account before, or don't have a social security number, you can open a bank account in Oakland.  Learn more green arrow


By opening a bank account, you can take an important step toward financial security. With a free or low-cost account, you can start to save for the future and establish a credit history that will help you enter the financial mainstream and achieve your dreams. Learn more


Use our easy bank locator tool or call 510-238-2362 to find a participating bank or credit union with account options that meet your needs. The bank or credit union staff will answer all of your questions and walk you through each step of the process. Learn more


Discover free classes and services that will help you achieve financial freedom. Find information about establishing financial goals, managing a budget, getting out of debt, locating free day care, and many other topics. Learn more


Hosting A Financial Training

Bank on Oakland offers free, high-quality financial training for clients through our community partners. Participating organizations can now apply for microgrants to help cover the cost of hosting classes at their facilities.
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Starter Kit

Learn how to replicate Bank On in your city. Download the Starter Kit now. green arrow


Learn about Bank on Oakland and our strategic partners, and read press coverage about the growing state and national movement to make checking accounts and financial services available for all.
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