First Commonwealth is a consumer-friendly alternative to banking. We offer all the services you're accustomed to, but at better rates and lower fees. That's because we're structured differently than banks. Banks are in business to earn profits for their stockholder investors. Our credit union exists to improve your financial well being. We don't have stockholders. Instead, we're cooperatively owned by our members (account holders). We return our profits to you in the form of higher dividends on savings, lower rates on loans and lower fees. First Commonwealth is federally chartered by the National Credit Union Administration. We're governed by a member-elected, volunteer board of directors.