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First Financial's History

Almost A Century of Serving California’s Educational Community

In 1933, at the height of the Great Depression, when thousands of banks around the country were closing their doors, we opened ours. It was a move that paid off handsomely for educators throughout California. First Financial’s vision from the very beginning was to serve California’s educational community. That’s been our focus since Day One and we’re now recognized as the premier credit union for California’s educational community. We were first known as the California Teachers Association Southern Section Credit Union (CTASSCU). At that time, we were a state-chartered credit union and shared the same Board of Directors and staff of the California Teachers Association (CTA).

Over the years, our focus on the needs of the California educational community has been rewarded by our loyal membership. By 1951, the credit union had grown to $1 million in assets. Our members continued to entrust us with their financial well-being, and by 1964, the credit union reached $18 million in assets.

Granted a federal charter in 1974, we changed our name to the California Teachers Federal Credit Union and our assets totaled over $67 million. During the ‘70s, we also installed our first online data processing system and opened several new branches, increasing our ability to serve members’ needs with speed and convenience.

In 1983, our name changed to First Financial Federal Credit Union, and with the support of our members, we continued to build the strength of the credit union toward the $100 million asset milestone. We moved our headquarters from Glendale to West Covina in 1986, and increased member convenience with the opening of the Telephone Service Center in 1988.

We started the ‘90s by opening a separate real estate lending department to better serve the real estate needs of our growing membership. While California’s banks were merging or being sold to out-of-state banks, First Financial continued to grow as our members built their financial futures at this not-for-profit, educator-focused credit union.

By the end of the ‘90s, we returned to a state charter, changed our name to First Financial Credit Union (FFCU) and expanded into Northern California.

Today, First Financial’s assets have surpassed $500 million, making us one of the largest credit unions in California. We stand committed to meeting the financial challenges and opportunities facing the educational community, and we will continue to use technology and innovative programs and services to deliver the best tangible benefits to our members: programs and services that surpass those offered by any other financial institution.

First Financial: serving the financial needs of educators throughout their lives!


First Financial offers a full range of competitive benefits each of which are designed to make your employment both satisfying and rewarding...
  • Competitive pay
  • Medical plan
  • Dental plan
  • Vision plan
  • 401k Safe Harbor Plan
  • Group Life Insurance
  • AD&D insurance
  • Jury Duty
  • Paid vacation
  • Sick leave
  • Free banking services
  • Discounts on loans
  • And much more

  • Our Mission

    First Financial Credit Union will be recognized by its members as the Credit Union that best helps make their financial dreams come true. As a member-owned financial institution, our focus is to provide the best service and value for our member-owners. Your ownership entitles you to financial services and products that make your everyday life easier and assist you with your financial future. First Financial performs this function by offering you personal, professional service, the products that fit your lifestyle, and the most value for your money!

    We invite you to consider First Financial to be your financial partner for life!


    First Financial provides an excellent work environment that helps make your employment enjoyable, focusing on furthering your professional development. Here is a sampling of what FFCU offers… - Friendly atmosphere - Latest technology - Promotes from within - Professional skill-building - Ongoing training and education - Fun employee activities and events - Recreational activities - Modern corporate facility - Large network of branch offices - A variety of career paths - And Much more


    First Financial is an Equal Opportunity Lender