E-signatures a crucial improvement for teachers
CREDIT UNION: KNOXVILLE TEACHERS FCU CATEGORY: REMOTE LENDING NOMINATED BY: IMM
IN ORDER TO COMPETE IN AN AREA with a limited membership pool (local educators), the $206 million Knoxville Teachers Federal Credit Union of Knoxville, Tenn., created an end-to-end loan application that can be accessed, completed and signed by members anywhere, anytime.
KTFCU expanded its current “esign” platform from IMM of Rahway, N.J., by adding a remote e-signature module. Through this module, members can sign important loan documents in real-time, from any location at any time of day.
The CU said members’ response has been “very positive ,” with 100 percent acceptance from members to whom the tool has been offered.
Also, the IMM esign platform integrates directly with KTFCU’S existing business applications, including its core business system, Fiserv’s XP2, as well as its online loan application and origination systems, reducing traditional transaction completion and lag times by automating many of its unwieldly paper-based business processes.
Once signed, the documents are fully indexed into the credit unions’ imaging or ECM platform for permanent archiving. KTFCU has also been able to streamline its back-office operations, eliminating the need to print and store paper documents.
Within the first 30 days of launch, the CU was reportedly able to close more than 25 percent of its loans online, in real-time.
“By providing a digital loan experience for our members, transactions can be completed faster, and in a more secure manner from anywhere, anytime,” said David Underwood, KTFCU treasurer. “For our members, who happen to be teachers, this is a crucial time-saving service. Teachers were able to electronically sign loan documents during their breaks at school, which are typically 20 minutes or less.”
IMM offers the remote e-signature capability as an add-on module to all of its baseline eSignature platform clients, said IMM Vice President of Markets and Strategy Michael Ball. “The module is being used with a wide-variety of business applications including deposit, lending, mortgage and human resources to support each credit union’s unique strategic and member service goals,” he added.
“We’re probably less data-driven than some credit unions, so we did not set a minimum number or dollar amount of remotely signed loans as a goalpost,” said Underwood. “The reaction to the new technology from our members has been universally positive... When a product creates delight and/or loyalty in our membership, it’s successful.”
With all that said, Underwood added that they have been completing approximately 15 percent of its loans remotely since the program’s introduction.
Underwood continued: “My advice to credit unions that are looking to implement remote signature capabilities is simple: do it. Members want it, even if they don’t know it yet. Of course, there’s more to it than that. They should vet the potential vendors carefully to verify that they meet all privacy and security requirements, and that they can provide not just a secure, easy to use method of delivery and signing for the member, but also a verifiable audit trail that includes IP addresses of any devices used in the transaction.”
A branch of Knoxville Teachers FCU.