Our Story

Today CAMPUS USA Credit Union serves over 140,000 members throughout North and Central Florida, but like many successful local businesses, we started humbly with strong leaders and an innovative idea.

Dr. Wayne Reitz, then an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics (but eventually the fifth President of the University of Florida), and a small group of Agriculture Professors were visiting Washington D.C. in 1933, seeking funding from the USDA for the Agriculture program at University of Florida, when they noticed a small building with the words “Bureau of Credit Unions” on the door. Curiosity got the best of them and they soon returned home to Gainesville, armed with brochures, and talking to others about what they learned.

In the midst of the Great Depression, banks were unable and unwilling to lend money, and professors and other employees at the University of Florida had no access to credit. After a few meetings, a group of nine UF Professors from around the University decided to act! They pooled their money together in a cigar box, $5 each (the same as our minimum deposit today) and became known as the Credit Union.

Soon one of the nine members of this tiny cooperative asked to borrow $25. With only $45 on deposit, and most professors earning a salary of only $40 a month, that was quite a loan! But they agreed that this financial cooperative could meet the need that no one else would; their first loan paid back at the rate of $1 to $2 per pay period.

Other UF employees saw what was happening and wanted to be a part of the Credit Union. Dr. Reitz recognized early on that this cooperative should not just serve the professors, but all employees of the University, catering to borrowers and savers alike. In May of 1935, Gainesville Florida Campus Federal Credit Union opened its doors in the Accounting Department of Anderson Hall at the University of Florida as the first credit union to serve a U.S. College Campus and the rest, as they say, is history.

CAMPUS Culture

The CAMPUS Culture defines us as an organization. We believe “if we take care of our employees, our employees will take care of our members”. We are "people helping people" so management strives to empower all employees to help our members experience personal and financial success. CAMPUS is committed to providing employees with the resources to succeed, clear communication and strategic direction.

We encourage our employees' creativity, embrace their talent, have fun, be innovative, and help impact our future success as a financial co-op. We empower our employees to make CAMPUS the best it can be!

CAMPUS is committed to being the 'Employer of Choice' in all the markets we serve. Our Credit Union has been successful for over 80 years because of the trust and respect we have earned from our members, simply because we trust and respect our employees. 


We are engaged in the communities we serve and encourage volunteerism in all employees. If the community organization is important to our employees, it's important to us too.

Employees are encouraged to volunteer not only in the specific programs that CAMPUS sponsors but also in their own personal sectors in which they have passion to serve.

Our 'CAMPUS Cares Team' is a group of employee volunteers with a mission to make a difference by connecting CAMPUS Culture with employee passion to make a positive impact in all the communities we serve.

Compensation and Benefits

CAMPUS USA Credit Union employees enjoy a generous compensation package! 

All employees receive: 

  • Competitive pay
  • Year-end performance bonuses
  • 401k with match
  • Holiday pay and Paid Time off (PTO)
  • Tuition reimbursement

Full-time employees also receive:

  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short- and Long-term Disability Insurance

Our EEO Policy
CAMPUS USA Credit Union is an equal opportunity employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans). We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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